Guardians of the Galaxy: First Cast Pic and Synopsis

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There are going to be a lot of Marvel superhero sequels coming out next year (spanning three different studios/franchises), but something new, something different, something weird will be arriving on the big screen too. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will be introducing moviegoers to a new set of superheroes, ones we haven’t seen outside of comic books. And now we have our first real look at the lineup.

The first cast photo has been released, showing off a very diverse team, ranging from a green Zoe Saldana, to a raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper, and a walking tree. Take a look:

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From left to right: Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel)

Along with the pic, Marvel released an official synopsis of the film:

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 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.

Guardians of the Galaxy will arrive in theaters August 1, 2014. Excited? Like the pic? Can’t wait to hear Vin Diesel’s many variations on the phrase “I am Groot”? Let us know in the comments below!