Some exciting news to kick the new year off, Marvel has released the first official photo from James Gunn‘s The Guardians of the Galaxy. The photo features the main characters in the film, played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain Americaand 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.

Not too many people are familiar with the Guardians of the Galaxy. We’ll take you through each member of the Guardians of the Galaxy below:


Who Are The Guardians Of The Galaxy?

The original Guardians of the Galaxy are a fictional superhero team that appeared first in comic books published by Marvel way back in January 1969. The original team consisted of  Major Vance Astro, astronaut,  Martinex T’Naga,  Captain Charlie-27, a soldier from Jupiter; and Yondu Udonta. The depiction of the Guardians of the Galaxy since evolved in the later 2008 version which may also vary from the team we will see in the movie. Based in actor castings we can confirm the team to consist of:


Star-Lord played by Chris Pratt


The leader of the Guardians who left Earth in the mid-1980s. Describing his character, Pratt said, “He had a hard time as a kid, and now he goes around space, making out with hot alien girls and just being a rogue and a bit of a jerk, and through teaming up with these guys, finds a higher purpose for himself.” Pratt is signed to a multi-film contract with Marvel.


Drax the Destroyer played by Dave Bautista 


A warrior in search of vengeance against Ronan.”There’s a point where I go to set every day and I still can’t freaking believe I got this job,” said Bautista. “It’s something that I wanted more than anything I ever wanted in my life. When I got it, I broke down and cried like a little baby.


Gamora played by Zoe Saldana


The adopted daughter of Thanos and an associate of Ronan, Nebula and Korath who tries to find a new path for herself. Saldana said that she would become Gamora through make-up rather than CGI or performance capture. On taking the role, Saldana said, “I was just excited to be asked to join by James Gunn and to also play someone green. I’ve been blue before.


Rocket Raccoon played by Bradley Cooper 


A genetically engineered raccoon who is an expert marksman and master tactician. Gunn worked with live raccoons to get the correct feel for the character and to make sure the CGI raccoon used was “not a cartoon character,” saying “it’s not Bugs Bunny in the middle of The Avengers, it’s a real, little, somewhat mangled beast that’s alone. There’s no one else in the universe quite like him, he’s been created by these guys to be a mean-ass fighting machine.” Describing Rocket in relation to the rest of the Guardians, Cooper said, “I think Rocket is dynamic. He’s the sort of Joe Pesci in Goodfellas guy.”Cooper will voice Rocket Raccoon, while Sean Gunn was the stand-in for the CGI character during filming. Gunn confirmed that for the role of Rocket, some physical movement from Cooper, including facial expressions and hand movements, is being recorded as potential reference for the animators.


Groot played by Vin Diesel


A hyper-intelligent tree-like creature that can absorb wood to gain strength and recover from injuries as well as control trees. Diesel stated that he will provide the voice and motion capture for Groot, after originally being in talks to star in a new Phase Three Marvel film

Also See: Vin Diesel Practicing for his role as Groot in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy


The film is a massive space adventure movie, and we are curious to see how director James Gunn will go about shooting some of these scenes. nonetheless is still looks awesome. The movie comes out on August 1, 2014!