First look at "Guardians of the Galaxy"

I’ll be taking a look at this a bit more in depth a little later, but here’s the first look and synopsis for one of Marvel Studios’ two big offerings in 2014.

Guardians of the Galaxy first look

Here’s the official 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 (Chris Pratt, “Zero Dark Thirty”) finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan (Lee Pace, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“), 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 (voiced by Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle“), a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid (voiced by Vin Diesel, “Fast and Furious 6“), the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana, “Out of the Furnace“) and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (WWE’s Dave Batista). But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace is 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.
Pace was one of the bright spots of “Smaug” so I’m thrilled he’s gonna have such a major role in the film. “Guardians” may not be on your radar, but I’ve got a feeling it could be one of the year’s biggest surprises and hits. It comes to theaters on Aug. 1.
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