First Official ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Photo & Synopsis

Published 1 year 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):

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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.


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. Looks great…Can’t wait..

    • Hard to disagree with that. I feel the same.

    • Definitely agree! I just sincerely hope with all my heart that they don’t make Ronan the son of Thanos like he is in the Ultimate universe.

      • That sounds even more like a ripoff of Darkside.

  2. more photos of Zoe Saldana please

    • that’s a good idea regardless of the context

    • Hell yeah, Gamora’s skin tone looks too neon.

      • I thought so too, but they have a blue light being beamed onto them (interrogation maybe) so that may be the cause of that

        • Yeah, I think the blue lights the corporate. The bottom two photos aren’t as bad as the first.

  3. My most anticipated movie of 2014. Cannot wait!

  4. I’m so freaking excited for this movie. The only thing that Marvel has to do to make over $500M is to release a trailer of a crazy ass raccoon shooting & talking s***. That’s it. You won the box office.

  5. One of my most anticipated movies of 2014.

  6. Really excited to see Rocket Raccoon in action!

  7. Rocket Raccoon is gonna steal the g****** mother f*cking show. Perfect Oscar nominee, calling it now.

  8. A great way to start off the new year. They look awesome and I can’t wait for the trailer.

  9. I think Bautista is a little too bulky and Gamora needs some details beyond green painted woman but it’s good overall.

    • And the raccoon is a little to…raccoonish. I won’t pretend to know anything about this comic, but from my perspective, and I believe the average outsider’s perspective, the raccoon looks stupid and totally out of place.

      • The raccoon looks like a total badass, and I know nothing about the comic besides seeing rocjet in mvc3. Rocket im predicting will steal the show. I mean he might actually be the most liked character by the general audience other than Iron Man.

        • …if the “general audience” is comprised primarly of 12-year-old girls who want their parents to buy the stuffie for them after the movie.

          I’m not saying the movie will be bad…I’m just saying the raccoon looks totally out of place, even laughable, among the rest of these characters.

        • If the “general audience” is mostly children who want the stuffed animal after the show.

          I am not saying the movie will be bad, I am just saying that the raccoon looks totally out of place, even ridiculous, with the other characters.

  10. They should just do their movies like their ’60s cartoons which were much more exciting.

  11. Anyone want to discuss the implications or reasoning behind separating Drax the Destroyer from Thanos?

    Personally, that’s always what I found so cool about Drax. I know the general public won’t know the difference but to a fanboy who has been bouncing in his seat ever since ‘ol purple puss smiled at the end of the Avengers… I must say I’m a bit frustrated by this development.

    • Maybe he doesn’t know his life’s purpose yet and someone tells him during the course of the movie to help tie Guardians to Avengers sometime?

      • Happy New Year Dazz! Glad to see you’re partying as hard as I am!

      • What I’m referring to Dazz is what Kevin Feige himself said a few months ago: that Drax’s origins have been changed in that now he is designed to destroy Ronan the Accuser (instead of Thanos).

        It seems like a move to bring more heat to this movie’s antagonist, and kinda gives us a clue to the Guardians involvement in the MCU going forward.

        Back when this movie was first announced, and you saw post after post after post of what a “bad idea” it was, I defended this movie to the bitter end claiming that GoTG is actually ‘Thanos: Origins” in disguise given the roster of heroes.

        Well, I was completely wrong about that. It’s a little discouraging… but hey we’ll see how it all plays out. At least Gamora hasn’t been messed with.

        • Maybe he will die at somepoint and be resurrected with a sole purpose to kill Thanos. Or maybe his daughter is “killed” by Thanos and he takes upon himself his sole purpose to kill Thanos.

        • Ahh, completely missed that. Interesting.

          Also, happy new year to everyone.

        • This is the type of sh*t that really saddens and upsets me. They also did this with Kurse in Thor 2, turning him into a group of bad guys that can be easily made.

          If they are going to completely change a characters main reason for his existence, then he really isn’t that character anymore. So Drax is Drax in name only and having him focus on such a minor villain (minor in comparison to Thanos who is on of Marvel’s biggest and baddest) is just not…..right. Feel like a bait and switch……they use the character shells the fans want initially just to get us on board then change who they are but we don’t find out about it till it’s a done deal.

          If you are going to do this why not just make up new characters instead? If you are going to twist the canon because fans are such a minority and the general audience will never know, a new character would do the same thing (and leave the original to be used as they were intended)

          • Die-hard comic book fans need to get over the whole idea of cannon when dealing with film adaptions. Hell, do the comic books themselves even stick to anything for more than a few years at this point? The majority of the character in this film and even a character like Kurse is obscure even to some people who have read comics at some point, so the people making these movies feel they have more leeway with how they present them on screen.

            And at this point lets be honest, the Marvel films are turning into generic sci-fi/CGI fare that follows the Disney business formula. Thor:The Dark World, while not a bad film, could have had the He-Man characters in it and it would have played the same. It seemed like they wanted to make it as much like a Star Wars as they could (kind of ironic at this point).

            • “It seemed like they wanted to make it as much like a Star Wars as they could”

              O-M-H…….I swore when I was watching Asgard pew pew the Dark Elf ships I thought I was watching SW:TFM for a minute! When the hell did our Norse gods have “space” looking space ships and blaster pistols? Malekith and the Dark Elves were all about magic, when did magic turn into high-tech devices? Yeah I was disappointed with Thor 2 on a number of levels.

              • I was not disappointed in the movie as much as it felt like I had seen the varies pieces of that movie before. I forgot to mention the Lord of the Rings opening battle before they went into the space ship attacks.

          • I’m in the same boat. I understand the argument is “the general audience doesn’t know the difference” but since that is the case then why bother changing anything?
            They won’t know the difference then either, right? And this way, you don’t irk the demographic that made this all possible to begin with.

            Hmmm… still too early to say just how good or bad this aspect is… because for all we know Drax could destroy Ronin then take it upon himself to declare that his new sole purpose is to destroy Thanos, depending on the story of course.

            Either way… you will see me first in line to buy a ticket for Marvel’s venture into their wacky cosmic territory.

  12. never picked up a guardians comic (or any marvel comic for that matter) but I’m definitely interested in seeing how they pull this off

    • If you have time one day, I’d HIGHLY recommend picking up Annihilation & Annihilation: Conquest – it leads into the 2008 Guardians reboot and provides a lot of the inspiration for the movie.

  13. 2 things that really worry me.
    1) Ronan. Is Hala going to be shown? The Supreme Intelligence? Mar-vel even?
    And why is such a large and imposing character being played by such a skinny actor. Why is Ronan working for/with Thanos??

    2) What’s up with Nova? Glenn Close is Nova Commander and John C. Riley is Rohmann Dey. Is the Nova Force in the movie? Richard Rider?

    • 1.) It seems the Ronan we will see is the Ultimate Ronan.

      2.) If Dey is still alive, Rider doesn’t have his powers yet.

  14. So this orb is the infinity stone/gem mcguffin then?

  15. I rarely find myself excited for a comic book movie simply because there have been so many and from my perception seem to be interchangeable. But, since I saw the footage of that little Raccoon dude roaring and firing a machine gun, got to admit, fascinated about how this is going to play and how people are going to respond to it.

    Plus, my dog is called Rocky. I have a tendency to be this fickle sometimes.

    • *Before anyone gets pedantic (why not? I would), I know it is ‘Rocket’. Rocky is close enough for me. Told you I was fickle.

      • Well given that Rocket Racoon is named after the song Rocky Racoon from the White Album by The Beatles, I’m fairly sure that you are on safe ground.

  16. HE11 YES! This is gonna be amazing! I hope they have the reality show confessional bit from the comics!

  17. I like the old art work better.

  18. Drax looks kind of stumpy, and Groot should be taller

    • Which is weird because Dave is 6’6 and Pratt apparently must be the same height, unless they messed with them on the lineup image to make them equal height.

      Ive got a pic of myself with Bautista from back when I “worked” on his official site and the top of my head just about reaches the top of his right shoulder.

      • Actually Pratt is 6’2 and some websites claim Batista is only 6’3.

        • Well having stood next to him and a woman who was 6’1 without heels, I can attest to the fact that Dave Bautista is definitely taller than 6’3.

          Then again, we did a lot of debunking about him on his site so I’m not surprised some websites are getting his height completely wrong, even if it’s only by a few inches.

      • He appears so “stumpy” because he is too wide (part of the problem with being musclebound)

  19. Star-Lord looked better with the long red trenchcoat.

  20. I was talking with my son and he said he doesn’t like this movie LOL I said it hasn’t come out yet he said they have no real powers I said neither does Kirk or Spock but they saved the planet a ton of times and if you say ANYTHING bad about Kirk OR Spock your grounded LOL now go play your Batman game (no real powers ) LMAO TAKE IT TO THE FACE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • That’s awesome!!

  21. Drax the Destroyer looks more bulky then I hoped for and too much red too.

  22. I love comic book movies, but this movie looks utterly ridiculous. Outside of comic book fans, no ONE knows who the heck these guys are. This is going to be Marvel’s Watchmen. Fan boys are going to love it, but the general public is going to avoid it. A talking raccoon? Give me a freaking break.

    C’mon Marvel, prove me wrong!

    • Once you see a talking raccoon with a cockney accent firing a giant ass space machine gun destroying aliens while riding on the back of a talking tree, I 100% guarantee you will be proven wrong my friend.

      • I think that Andy is going to be right…based on the clip at the end of Thor, the Collector looks nothing like or acts nothing like the collector…and all of the elaborate bowing and garish colors looked like a bad Dr. Who episode.

        I think its not going to play well to those who do not know the Guardians…to much comedy and talking inanimates…its way to much of a jump for those only following the Avengers…they should have started smaller…like Quasar…or Captain Marvel…

        I hope I am wrong but even as much as I want to see it…its really looking Batman campy to me based on what I have seen so far. :(

    • “Outside of comic book fans, no ONE knows who the heck these guys are.”

      — You could have said the same thing about Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. Captain America and Hulk were the only two characters who had penetrated pop culture.

      • Exactly. Iron Man was a C-List hero before the Downey flicks. No one aside from fanboys knew about him.

      • Iron Man and Thor are at least c+ to -B level since they appeared in other mediums over the years, and Thor is based off of Norse mythology so there is some name recognition. And the Avengers is still more known to casual fans then Drax or Starlord. Some of these characters in GOTG were dead for over a decade and others appeared in a handful of comics until recently. Newer readers may be more up on these characters, but in the 80’s and 90’s Marvels cosmic stuff never sold well.

  23. F*cking Awesome …cant wait !

  24. (mouth foaming)

  25. Orb mcguffin :\ what ever happened to originality, why does everything need to connect so obviously, comics have solo adventures. I hate that the orb or tesseract or either result in similar stories in all of the films. Ill wait for phase 3 for a diffrent storyline. However, the concept art and this picture is well crafted.

  26. DOPE !

  27. Yay! A mysterious orb!

    Mysterious cubes were getting played out.

    • Loki: Hey Makelith! Why don’t you go steal some magic gas that no one cares about!

  28. I love everything i have heard and seen about this movie except Drax,his appearence in this picture kind of throws it off. I wish they didnt use all those red markings i think they should have just made it like it is in the comics.Oh well, if they portray his character well it wont matter im still very excited for this film :DDDDDD

  29. Looks like the next green lantern or John Carter to me.

    A few hardcore fans will see it, but the rest of us will just be scratching our heads. Guardians who?

    I forsee an epic fail.