First Image and Synopsis from Guardians of the Galaxy

There’s not a whole lot to go on here, but it’s still something official and shows the cast of ‘heroes’ all lined up and ready for action.  It’s similar to some of the concept art we’ve seen previously, but it’s still nice to finally take a look at some of the characters in their form we’ll see them on the big screen: 


On top of that, enjoy this first official plot synopsis for the film, giving non-comic book fans a glimpse of what they can expect: 

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 blanace. 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.

Guardians of the Galaxy is set to hit theaters on August 1, 2014