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I just watched the movie, twice, and they talk about someone being a guardian of the galaxy on a couple of occasions. And around the end of the movie Quill says something like: "we are the guardians of the Galaxy".
But it seems that nowhere in the movie is it explained who those Guardians are, if they are a real association or if it is just a name they give themselves during the movie or if it is just a teaser developed during the movie.
They are clearly not part of any association and when they leave together at the end of the movie, they are just friends leaving together.
So my question is, in the MCU at the moment the movie takes place, is there something called Guardians of the Galaxy that is recognized and/or known?