Many people seem to forget that the Christmas season lasts for 12 days. I mean, there’s that song, but people still manage to forget. Well, at least Marvel Studios didn’t forget because on the final day of 2013, they have bestowed a gift upon us. After many months of only seeing concept art or set photos and hearing all these good things from various cast members about the film, we finally have our first official look at ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.

Recently, the casting of Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel as Groot were made official. Now, thanks to /Film, you can see what those characters will look like alongside their costars Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, and Dave Bautista. Plus, there’s a brand new synopsis for James Gunn’s upcoming Phase Two film that gives us some insight into what role Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser will play in the story. Check out both the still and the synopsis below:

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 balance.

If this picture looks at all familiar to you, then you were one of the lucky few that have had the opportunity to see the footage of the movie that was debuted at San Diego Comic-Con. If I recall correctly, John C. Reilly’s character calls the team a bunch of assholes when this shot comes up onscreen. Or maybe you’ll recall a piece of concept art that showed a similar lineup of the team. Either way, now we have the genuine article to marvel over as we anxiously await the next sneak peek at the intergalactic adventure.

What do you think of the first official look at ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’? Does the cast live up to or exceed your expectations? Let us know in the comment section.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ starring Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, and Michael Rooker blasts off on August 1st, 2014.