Marvel released the above first image from next summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy and boy, that’s a ragtag group. Besides a newly ripped Chris Pratt, there are two alien humanoids (Zoe Saldana and professional wrestler Dave Bautista), a talking raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and a treelike thing (Vin Diesel). They’re so out there, they make The Avengers look like the cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Read the first synopsis Marvel also released today, below, and then read our Guardians of the Galaxy explainer to make sense of all this.
“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.”