Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel basically tossed movie websites a bone today (New Year’s Eve is always a slow news day) by letting loose with the first official cast image and plot synopsis for 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy (even if, OK, the image was made available to 2013 Comic-Con attendees).

The image above features Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/ Star Lord, and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer.  Also pictured, minus their celebrity voices, are CGI characters Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).  According to /Film, the image comes from a scene in the film in which the Guardians “have been taken in by Nova Corp, and are acting all sassy” in front of John C. Reilly’s Rhomann Dey.

In terms of the plot, Marvel has laid out the broad points in a new official plot synopsis:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team — the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the blanace. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is presented by Marvel Studios. The film releases August 1, 2014, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Guardians of the Galaxy was directed by James Gunn and is set for an August 1, 2014 release date.

What do you think of the new Guardians goodies?