First Official ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Photo & Synopsis

Published 8 months ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:39 am,

First Official Guardians of the Galaxy Cast Photo First Official Guardians of the Galaxy Photo & Synopsis

Guardians of the Galaxy made Screen Rant’s list of most anticipated movies of 2014 for a variety of reasons. It’s the most obscure, risky and different project from Marvel Studios yet, one that meshes together several genres we love. It’s directed by James Gunn whose got the unique vision for the ambitious story and on top of all of that, it features an unexpected but inspired cast playing the most outlandish characters in the franchise yet.

The early, conceptual footage that debuted at Comic-Con this summer – just days into filming – blew us away even though it was largely unfinished. It was all we needed though for our first glimpse at Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and the rest of his unlikely team of odd heroes. Today we have our first official look at the Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel to compare against the concept art.

The Guardians of the Galaxy first-look photo was shot on one of the very first days of filming. It depicts the roster of characters from a brief sequence featured in the Comic-Con teaser footage. Thanks to the recent official confirmation of Vin Diesel voicing the largest of the group, we can properly introduce to you the cast (from left to right: Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, and Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot):

Click HERE for high-res version!

Now, we can compare to the new and old official Guardians of the Galaxy concept art:

The still comes attached with the official Guardians of the Galaxy synopsis in Disney’s 2014 movie preview.

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 balance. 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.

Ronan the Accuser began as a villain in Marvel Comics but doesn’t remain that way. We’re curious to see how the character’s arc, his people (the Kree) and his motivations are handled in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and what his relationship is with Thanos – the big bad villain we briefly met during the credits of The Avengers.

Screen Rant Photo Guadians of the Galaxy Orb 570x379 First Official Guardians of the Galaxy Photo & Synopsis

As for Peter Quill and the mysterious orb we saw at Comic-Con (our photo above) – it’s a safe bet it ties into the post-credits scene of Thor: The Dark World which introduced Benicio Del Toro’s ‘Collector’ character along with a major revelation regarding the Infinity Stones. Read all about that here, if you dare (beware of potential spoilers!).

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Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn off of his script co-written by Nicole Perlman. The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Glenn Close.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. I really hope this movie does well, but I’ll admit I’m just a Tad bit worried. Still definitely gonna check it out when it hits theaters. Hopefully it does pretty well to warrant a sequel, because there are still more characters to be introduced like moondragon,Adam warlock, and starfox.

    • Honestly I am really bummed out they didn’t put Moondragon or Starfox in this one. Who knows maybe they will do a “post-credit” scene of introducing them, if dates have been set all the way into 2017 then its possible. But mark my words…MARVEL WILL RUIN DC THIS YEAR IN MOTION PICTURE BOX OFFICE….Not just in quantity of movies their putting out but in singularity they will be way bigger. Age of Ultron will destroy Zack Snyders Man of Steel sequel which I hope then Warner Bros. will finally pull their head out of the clouds and get a new director and writer.

      On an unrelated note is it just me in this world, or does anyone else desperately want to see a Batman Beyond live action, and a Teen Titans. Why oh Why doesn’t DC do what Marvel does, and just open the floodgates on live-action movies. I think if Marvel has been able to polish off Spiderman like they have so many times, and some failed, and now being brought back to acceptable I know DC could turn out a Batman Beyond movie.

      • I totally agree with you man, Marvel will surely dominate DC. The problem with DC is they want to put so many heroes in one movie (cough..Man Of Steel sequel..cough) without even introducing them in their own movie..

  2. This seems so stupid. So far phase 2 = Marvel’s sophomore slump. Everything about phase 2 has been nothing but weak sauce, and the point of this movie is what exactly? Toys for kids? Galactus is still owned by FOX so instead of the cool cosmic characters Marvel has Benicio Del Toro dressed as Billy Idol? I don’t understand. The formula for phase 1 worked fine but this attempt at rinse and repeat has been terrible, and this obvious attempt at making a movie for the sole purpose of selling kids merchandise will be just as cringe worthy.

    A talking raccoon? Yeah, that doesn’t scream marketing ploy to children. Give me a break.

    • Hyperbole much?

    • Guaranteed Rocket will steal the show, sure the character initially seems childish but if you know any back story he is far from it. This movie is going to be great! everything I have seen so far is getting me more and more excited. Cannot wait till we get the final product!!

      GotG is meant to introduce us to the cosmic side of the MCU in preparation for Thanos, he is a pretty big deal.

      • Fo sho, on Rocket. Gunn made that pretty clear too in saying Rocket will be the fan-fave heart of the movie. Very curious to hear him talk.

    • That talking raccoon is close to being the most sarcastic homicidal maniac in the Marvel Universe.

      • lol, I love Rocket Raccoon. I am a fan of Bradley Cooper but I don’t think he was the best fit. Having a hard time seeing that going over well, but idk could be just me…I reflect back to The Hangover, and yes the sarcasm is there, but not sure as if thats all they were looking for when casting a voice…Vin Diesel as Groot will be interesting, and I think Physically speaking they are spot on with Drax, however Chris Pratt kind of threw me for a loop, but I see his is taking the role seriously in getting in shape, and looks to be a good StarLord, so I am psyched but I just hope they don’t kid it up…I think Nolan showed us that darkening superhero movies doesn’t ruin fanbase, I think more of them should take that as a lesson, not copying verbatim but Darkening it enough to hit the right crowd. Because truly the fan base would be anyone between 20-35 so why not give the people what their paying for. oh, and I must say this movie will be extremely badass if they choose to do 3d which seems to be the new thing, so I don’t see why they wouldn’t.

      • And you think that is what Disney is about to give you?
        With Bradley Cooper playing the role?

        Good luck with that.

        • James Gunn may give us a “bit” of that. There is the Disney factor, yes, but Super had some excellent gore/kills.

          **Mild-Spoiler**

          Having Dwight Schrute set a man on fire and then stab him to death is one of the best kills I’ve seen in recent memory.

    • I take it that you do not know much about the backstory or main antagonist for GotG, huh? Galactus isn’t the main baddie, Thanos is. And in case you didn’t sit till the after credits in the Avengers, Thanos was really behind the invasion in NY. Also is been speculated that Thanos will be the main protagonist in Phase 3, and that he has his fingers all over what’s going to happen in the Avengers 2. So, the point of this? It ties together (somehow) the strings for all movies in phases 1, 2 and 3.

      • With conclusion of Dark World and the Collector its pretty much cemented that Thanos will be the “baddie” if you will for Phase 3 and ending Phase 2. The infinity gauntlet will be the main prize of storyline’s to come and the entire premise of the Orb fits directly into the collector and Thanos both. So I am really excited about the direction Marvel is going as of late, however lets not all forget something…At some point Peter Parker will be introduced to The Avengers. I am concerned they won’t use Andrew Garfield’s portrayal but rather do what they are doing with Bruce Wayne for the new trek Superdud Vs. Batfleck and I just hope they don’t loose the edge they have.

        • Peter Parker will never be introduced into the Avengers cinematic universe. Not as long as Sony has the rights to Spider-Man.

          how many times does this need to be discussed on these boards? Almost every Avengers/Spider-Man/X-Men story on here has someone asking for someone in one of the other’s universes to be added somewhere they can’t be.

          • Agreed. That will never happen since Sony has all rights to anything related to spiderman. If Sony owned a lesser known character like Ant-man then it’s possible that they would try work something out with other studios just to bring some fanbase and make him a bankable character in the future with it’s own solo movies.

            • I don’t see why some of you say “it will never happen”

              So are we saying it is impossible for the studio execs to sit down and say,

              “Alright Marvel Studios. You may use or infer to Spiderman for (X) minutes of your movie. In return we would like (X) amount of dollars.”

              Is this improbable? Yes, but not impossible.

              MacGruber said it best…”Never ever, say never ever.”

              • Studio execs don’t really care about the comic book characters nor the fans that love the characters that’s what they hire passionate directors for. It’s all about money and execs aren’t willing to share that wealth when they can get a majority of it for themselves with one popular character. I’m not saying it will never happen it just won’t be a reality in our lifetime.

                • LOL. Gotcha. I guess we will see this issue from different sides of the glass half empty half full argument.

                  I was simply responding cause you did say the words “that will never happen…”

                  Either way, at least we can hope right?

                • You shot yourself in the foot there….

                  ‘It’s all about money and execs aren’t willing to share that wealth when they can get a majority of it for themselves with one popular character.’

                  So I have Spider-man and I can get money from him for doing nothing but agreeing to allow someone else to use him in their movie which increases Spider-mans publicity.

                  It is a WIN WIN WIN for all. Sony is sharing no wealth as they don’t pay or lose anything. Marvel/Disney pays Garfield for his time and Marvel/Disney pays Sony for use of the character.

                  Marvel/Disney puts more people in the seats (which people will pay for) to see Spidey in an Avengers film getting more money.

                  We get to see Spider-man with the Avengers.

                  So tell me again who doesn’t win here?

                  • @ Aknot….

                    Finally a common sense thought on the matter…

                  • If I’m not mistaken, I remember reading online on a couple of sites that reported Sony/Marvel/Disney working on a deal for a future movie in which there would be a lot of cross-overs but that it was still in negotiations or something like that. These sites even speculated that you would see a cross over movie between a Sony and Disney within the next 5-6 years(by 2020). I have a feeling Spiderman will join the Avengers team probably by phase 3 or 4 if the next Avengers movie does well.
                    Moving on to DC/WB, I get a gut feeling that the mini Justice League movie (Man of Steel sequel) will either be a big hit or a big flop. I like that they brought in someone skillful to rewrite the script and having Affleck on board should help out the movie but I also worry about this movie having too many characters that isn’t well known by the general public. Yes, Superman and Batman is well known with their own established films but with WW, it’s a tossup because yes, some should know her but other know of the name but not of her origins. I have a feeling with all the characters, some of the story may get lost with this movie.

    • I think your anger may be a tad misplaced sir. I think Guardians of the Galaxy has potential to carry the weight for some of the deeper space Marvel story arcs we will (hints to Thor: Dark world and Guardians of the Galaxy with the entire ‘Collector’ character) Also consider this XMen will contact Avengers at one point or how else does Stark obtain the Adamantium suit for deep space travel…All prompted by the Infinity Gauntlet hunt. I think to call phase 2 weak is absurd because Thor brought home the win in Box Office for a long time, Marvel has managed to take heat from fans and turn that into something we will enjoy where since Nolan’s departure from DC, DC hasn’t been able to get anything right, I mean they threw Zack Snyder a bone by giving him Superman, he ruined that so much that they have to go back to Bruce Wayne stories to save themselves, but where they really fudged it was getting Snyder for the sequel, mark my words that movie will fail, and Gal Gadot as WonderWomen is about as big a mistake as one could make. So please do not talk s*** about Marvel when DC is the one serving up s*** cakes and telling you there muffins.

    • yes a talking raccoon. not bugs bunny among the avengers. but a foul mouthed jaded creature who loves big guns. loves more a reason to point them. especially at people who call him cute or a raccoon

    • yes a talking raccoon. not bugs bunny among the avengers. but a foul mouthed jaded creature who loves big guns. loves more a reason to point them. especially at people who call him cute or a raccoon!!

  3. Unfortunately, it will follow the Marvel Phase 2 formula:
    (Paper thin plot + weak villains x slapstick humor / average-poor writing = $$$$ )It will probably be successful.

  4. Still have my doubt–very big ones–about this flick, but I will give it a watch. I hope I am proven wrong about this being a bad flick, but this movie will have to prove it’s worth to me. If I am pleasently-surprised, I promise to eat crow here. In the meantime, give the raccoon a butter-cookie. Raccoons like butter-cookies.

  5. I was initially very excited about this movie because I love the GotG characters but the farther we got into this, the less I am liking what they have done to the characters. Now I’m very on the fence about even going to see it in theaters.

    StarLord – THIS is how he should look http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/5/52246/1858439-starlord_01.jpg

    First they removed the very iconic helmet, then they went to a trenchcoat and now just some lame jacket I could buy at the store? Maybe he just isn’t in his “Hero” outfit but I am doubtful.

    Drax – Have always said Bautista was the wrong choice. He’s not supposed to be a musclebound Juggernaut. He is supposed to be a lean and mean killing machine. http://www.beyondhollywood.com/uploads/2013/02/Drax-The-Destroyer-Comic-Book-600×846.jpg

    Vin Diesel would have been a much better choice since Riddick’s abilities fit the character perfectly (maybe he was too obvious a choice but what is wrong with that?)

    Also the excessive red looks bad but it was probably done to work with Bautista’s excessive tattoos and to contrast Gamora’s green skin more.

    Rocket Raccoon – He went from a kick-ass raccoon with digitigrade legs to some small human with a raccoon’s head.

    And Finally Groot should be 20+’ tall. 14′-15′ would have been fine but a mere 8′? Gah so disappointing.

    Gamora was about the only one who look fine. The original concept art was much closer to the characters than what they finally settle on.

  6. After seeing Pratt in Zero Dark Thirty, I’m very psyched for his role in this. I love him in Parks and Rec but just didn’t know he had some range to him. Of course Zoe is always a great addition and John C Reilly is the man. CHECK IT OUT!!! Dr Steve Brole recommends it!!

    • For your Nova Crōps! You dumb dumb!

  7. I was initially very excited about this movie because I love the GotG characters but the farther we got into this, the less I am liking what they have done to the characters. Now I’m very on the fence about even going to see it in theaters.

    StarLord – THIS is how he should look http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/5/52246/1858439-starlord_01.jpg

    First they removed the very iconic helmet, then they went to a trenchcoat and now just some lame jacket I could buy at the store? Maybe he just isn’t in his “Hero” outfit but I am doubtful.

  8. Drax – Have always said Bautista was the wrong choice. He’s not supposed to be a musclebound Juggernaut. He is supposed to be a lean and mean killing machine. http://www.beyondhollywood.com/uploads/2013/02/Drax-The-Destroyer-Comic-Book-600×846.jpg

    Vin Diesel would have been a much better choice since Riddick’s abilities fit the character perfectly (maybe he was too obvious a choice but what is wrong with that?)

    Also the excessive red looks bad but it was probably done to work with Bautista’s excessive tattoos and to contrast Gamora’s green skin more.

    Rocket Raccoon – He went from a kick-ass raccoon with digitigrade legs to some small human with a raccoon’s head.

    And Finally Groot should be 20+’ tall. 14′-15′ would have been fine but a mere 8′? Gah so disappointing.

    Gamora was about the only one who look fine. The original concept art was much closer to the characters than what they finally settle on.

    • Ummm… if anything Drax isn’t big enough. He has gone blow for blow with Hulk on more than one occasion. That concept art of Drax is nothing like his comic book depiction:
      http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-V4GCVysZtBo/UWQUM7CH7CI/AAAAAAAAB-0/kV7N9BmBAHQ/s1600/original-drax.jpg

      • I’m pretty positive Drax doesn’t look anywhere near that big in most of the comic book depictions.

        • If it’s the newer stuff you are referring too you could be absolutely right. I don’t follow the stuff like I used too so that image I posted is the Drax I remember, 80s-90s version.

          Here is a right up of the Drax I remember:
          http://www.writeups.org/fiche.php?id=4555

          • *ahem* ‘write up’

            That link is actually pretty cool if you are interested in Drax’s original back-story and origins.

            • thanks, bro.

          • Since this is all being based off of the more recent 2008 incarnation of the team, yeah he should have been more lean imho.

      • @Dr. Mindbender, That’s the old Drax you got there. The old Drax was as big as the Hulk and as dumb founded too. The new Drax came from inside the old Drax as strange as that sounds.

        Turns out that the old Drax was somewhat of a cocoon for the new Drax. The new Drax has all of the old Drax’s memories and his past life memories. However the new Drax is 100x more intelligent but doesn’t have the Hulk like strength nor the energy blasts that the old Drax did.

        The only thing we haven’t seen the new Drax do is play the saxophone.

    • Calm down sugah everyone is positive about this movie , in any case it looks like it will be a decent addition to Marvel Cinemax.

    • I’m EXCITED for what Dave is going to bring to the film and VERY glad it’s not Vin playing a copy paste Riddick dual dagger wielding uber man. Marvel is about thinking outside the box and pushing actors out of there comfort zone. I it’s the latter probably. Studios have been removing tattoos for decades. I don’t think joint placement in the legs is going to stop that raccoon from kicking any type of A$$. period; though I’ve always loved digitigrade legs. Plus it might be when he stands flatly resting. If you check out the shadows behind the characters you a see Groot in full bloom?

  9. Looks really awesome! Gamora might look a bit like an R&B singer (you know who), Drax looks like Lou Ferrigno… but Star-Lord looks HOT, and Rocket and Groot are already making me jump on my seat!

    I re-watched “The Avengers” with my nephews before the year ended, and then I showed them the bootleg Comic-Con trailer for GotG…and wow, were they really excited to see it, eventhough the quality of the video was poor. Marvel, you just got yourself 2 more anticipating audiences who can’t wait to watch this movie!

    Looking forward to see the trailer in the near future.

  10. Anything that brings the Marvel Bigger Universe to life is great by me !

    I’m dying to see how they’re going to connect Thanos & the Soul Gems/Gauntlet in this movie….I love it all !

    Make Mine Marvel !

  11. I can’t wait to see the final product, I really hope at some point the movie looks will be more like the original concept art.

    • Updated post with the high-res image. Thanks!

  12. All fune and dandy but what about Gunn’s actual directing abilities? Can he shoota movie that looks beautiful and grand in scope? There isnt much out there with his name on it. That post credit scene was shot tv episode style.. Though i was looking at farscape (and thats an insult to farscape). His other “super” movie had some similarly setup shots.. Is there anything out there that I should watch to see what this guy’s stills are behind the camera?

  13. I have a feeling that GOTG is going to be the Star Wars of this Generation…..its going to be Bad Ass…

    • Doubtful.

      It may well be bad ass, but as much a cultural phenomenon as Star Wars was when it first came out? Not likely.

      • hmmm, yeah I doubt it will be a cult phenomenon like Star Wars because Stars was THE NEW brand of movie and sci-fi.

        However, this movie will definately give star wars fans a reminiscent feeling cause it is a new brand of superhero movie out in space. Plus, as I read the comics of GOTG, I can’t help but sometimes feel as though GOTG is somewhat similar to Han Solo and his crew of misfits…

        Which I am A-O.K with

    • They’re doing a Star Wars movie for this generation, so this is just going to be another movie.

  14. I’m still really doubtful about this movie. I’m nervous of how James Gunn is gonna handle this. James Gunn doesn’t really have a good track record. People might argue, “Oh he directed Thor 2″. But Thor 2 was an enjoyable movie because it has great characters and a well-established lore for the audiences. With fresh new characters that casual moviegoers (not fanboys) dont recognize, I’m nervous if James Gunn would be able to pump up this movie.

    Right now, GotG’s success is very crucial to the MCU. If this movie is gonna fail, it would be a big blow for the MCU

    • He didn’t direct thor 2.Alan Taylor directed that flick,james gunn only directed the post credits scene for Thor:The dark world.

      Chill,just watch the movie “Super” directed by him.Im sure he’s the right choice to direct gotg :)

  15. So last night I saw this weird mutant raccoon human baby looking thing out side…

    Must be your kid. Would you come get the little sucker? He’s driving my dogs crazy.

  16. Rocket Raccoon might have a metal plate on his head behind his ear… hmmm

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