6 Things I Want to See in Guardians of the Galaxy
So Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely happening. But I bet you all the tea in China that Marvel would rather have a big Fantastic Four movie to go alongside The Avengers rather than relying on an obscure, space-based team of unknown heroes. Let’s face it, nobody outside a specific sect of comic book fans has any idea who the Guardians of the Galaxy even are. Let alone are eager to see them in a movie. There’s no way this film is going to be as successful as The Avengers, or as popular as an actual Fantastic Four film would have been. It’s just not going to happen.
But kudos to Marvel for giving it a try anyway.
Fortunately for you, my readers, I just happen to be a member of that specific sect of comic book fans that both read and loved the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book. So I know a thing or two about the team, the characters and what the movie might be about. For this week’s list, I’ve put together 6 characters, events and whatever else that I’d like to see in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
Firstly, a little back story, since I’m fairly certain a lot of my readers might not know a single thing about the Guardians of the Galaxy, or who all of those characters are in that picture up top. Believe me, those characters are worth knowing.
To truly understand the Guardians of the Galaxy and all of those characters, you’ve got to know a little something about the space adventures in the Marvel Universe. Everybody knows that heroes like Captain America, Iron Man and the Hulk fight on the planet Earth. But as The Avengers movie showed us, there is a lot going on in outer space as well. Obviously the alien Chitauri were major villains in the film, and then Thanos the Mad Titan was revealed in the mid-credits teaser at the end. He was the purple-faced guy with the funky chin.
Space adventures have always been a part of the Marvel Universe. Sometimes the heroes of Earth travel out into space to lend a hand. But most of the time space has its own heroes, its own villains and its own adventures. Aliens come in all shapes and sizes in the Marvel Universe, with hundreds of different planets and characters out there in the black. For decades, Marvel told all manner of different space adventures in many different comics, introducing all manner of characters who live and operate in outer space. Some were popular, some faded away into obscurity, but I’m sure all of them had their fans.
Then in 2006, Marvel decided to overhaul their space characters in a pair of stories, Annihilation and its sequel, Annihilation: Conquest. In both stories, Marvel looked back through their decades of space comics and dusted off old, classic characters to put them into new, exciting roles. They didn’t reboot the characters so much as just give them something new to do in these new stories. And both Annihilation and its sequel were incredibly popular, and these old space characters were suddenly beloved by the fans once again. This just goes to show you that there are no bad characters, only bad writers.
Anyway, Marvel rode this newfound popularity into a new comic called Guardians of the Galaxy, wherein all of the heroes from Annihilation and Annihilation: Conquest decided to band together into a team to keep saving the galaxy on a regular basis. Again, it was a very popular comic.
The name comes from an old Marvel comic in the 1970s about a team of space heroes in the 31st century, but that old team has little to nothing to do with the modern, current incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Besides, based on the promo image I posted at the top of the article, it appears that Marvel is going to base their movie on the modern Guardians. So let me introduce you to the five characters who appear in that promo image. All of them were created decades ago for old Marvel space stories, but were given new life in Annihilation and are now ready for Hollywood!
From left, we have Drax the Destroyer, a human from Earth whose soul was placed into a big, green android body. Drax was created to kill Thanos, and is a big, brooding, warrior-type badass character. Next we have Groot, the last living member of an ancient race of sentient trees. The character in the middle with the freaky mask is Peter Quill, the Star-Lord. Quill was a NASA astronaut who got embroiled in a big space adventure. He’s the leader of the Guardians. The little animal guy is Rocket Raccoon, a quirky weapons and demolitions specialist who just so happens to be a small, anthropomorphic raccoon. Rocket and Groot were two standout characters from Annihilation: Conquest, so expect to see a lot of them in the new movie. The woman on the far right is Gamora, the most dangerous woman in the galaxy. She was raised by Thanos to be an assassin, and is now one of the good guys.
They are the Guardians of the Galaxy, sure to have an epic space adventure when their movie comes out in 2014. But being the comic book geek that I am, I know a ton of other Marvel space characters, objects and events that I would like to see in the upcoming movie.
Does everybody remember Galactus from the end of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer? I hope not, because that movie was terrible, and their use of Galactus was a travesty. A cloud!? The great Galactus, Devourer of Worlds, reduced to a god damned evil-looking cloud!? Disgusting! It’s a damn shame that Marvel doesn’t have control of the Fantastic Four characters, including Galactus and the Silver Surfer. Fox has the movie license, obtained long before Marvel and Disney started kicking ass with their Avengers franchise. Fox made two terrible F4 flicks, and will get to hold on to the license as long as they keep making the movies. The possibility exists that they’ll make some awesome F4 movies in the future, but I really, really wish that Marvel had control of Galactus, the Silver Surfer and all those great space characters for use in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Galactus is one of the greatest villains ever created, in my opinion. He’s like an alien invasion x 1,000! Galactus is the sole survivor of the civilizations that existed before the Big Bang. Now he exists as an intergalactic force of nature, tasked with ‘thinning the herd’ of planets in the galaxy, like how a hunter is justified in shooting deer during hunting seasons. Galactus isn’t evil, he’s just doing his job, essentially. But when that job involves eating the planet Earth, somebody’s got to take him on! Unfortunately, that was left up to the Fantastic Four and their Hemi-powered Fantasticar in their crappy sequel.
Would Marvel get in trouble if they just mentioned Galactus in their new Guardians film? Maybe they don’t have to say the actual name ‘Galactus’, but maybe someone could off-handedly mention ‘The Devourer’ or his ‘herald’ or just some kind of acknowledgment that there is a giant, purple being out there in the universe who eats planets. Is that so much to ask?
5. An Avengers Cameo
Whatever happens in Guardians of the Galaxy, we already know that it takes place in the same shared universe as The Avengers, otherwise known as the third highest grossing film of all time. So I don’t think it would be too much to ask – and might be a little smart – to throw in an Avengers cameo somewhere in Guardians. I don’t mean a full-on guest starring role, like Iron Man joining the Guardians. But something! Some little mention or an appearance of one of the characters, or the Tesseract, or something. Just a little cameo to remind everybody that the movies take place in the same space, and that this is all part of a bigger plan. I don’t think it’s too wild to think that the Avengers and the Guardians are going to team up somewhere down the line.
Bug is my favorite member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but gosh darn it, he’s absent from that promo picture above. Does that mean he’s not in the movie? For the love of geek, why? Bug is awesome! He’s the comedy relief jokester of the team, and every team has to have one of those. I’m sure the Expendables do. Bug is also…well…there’s not really much to Bug. He’s just kind of there, and insectoid. But I love him…based almost entirely on a random one-shot issue he starred in circa 1997.
Bug was originally invented as part of the Micronauts in 1979, a group of adventurers that fight evil in the Microverse, or inner space. I never read any of it, never even heard about the Micronauts, when I randomly came upon that comic in my local comic book shop in roughly March of 1997. I saw that comic and decided, solely on a whim, to give it a try. It was a fun little adventure where Bug, being all tiny, and a bad guy get ahold of a time traveling device, which randomly sends them careening through important events in Marvel history. Like their miniature fight is what knocked that radioactive spider onto Peter Parker’s hand. Fun stuff.
But it was just a one-shot, and Bug didn’t appear again until Annihilation: Conquest in 2007. All of a sudden he was big, and hanging out in outer space, and joining the Guardians of the Galaxy. I didn’t care how these changes came about, it was just fun to have a character I liked back in print. And it would be exciting to see him on the big screen!
What happened to all those dogs that Russia sent out into space? They probably sent out a bajillion of them, then just hid the paperwork. It was Soviet Russia, they were good at keeping their secrets. Well one of those poor doggies became Cosmo the ‘talking’ space dog! Costume is a golden retriever dressed in an cosmonaut suit who can communicate telepathically. And he’s adorable. With this thick Russian accent and no-nonsense way of dealing with problems, Cosmo is the insane sort of character that audiences would really love. Include his rivalry with Rocket Raccoon and you’ve got movie magic!
Cosmos was introduced in the comics fairly recently as just a wacky, far out kind of space character. He quickly became so popular that he joined the Guardians of the Galaxy as their overseer. Cosmo is the guy who stays back at base and keeps track of the mission as a whole, using his telepathy to keep everyone in contact. He’s the level-headed one, despite being a telepathic space dog. And people love dogs in the movies. Think Marley & Me in space…only the dog can talk…and has a Russian accent.
2. The Nova Corps
The Nova Corps are an intergalactic police force sworn to uphold truth and justice throughout the galaxy. Think the Green Lantern Corps…only done by Marvel Comics. They all wear distinctive yellow and blue uniforms, with that supernova red crest on their helmets. I think they would be perfect as background characters who act like the police do in every movie. If the Guardians of the Galaxy are the roguish vigilante outlaws, the Nova Corps could represent the actual law enforcement of the galaxy. Police are represented in almost every superhero movie to some extent, and the Guardians of the Galaxy can’t be seen cheesing it from the ordinary human police. Bring on the Nova Corps for a small but geektacular cameo!
And, of course, this would lay the groundwork for the singular superhero Nova!
The Nova Corps is composed of all different aliens from across the galaxy, each one serving in the Corps. Well Richie Ryder is the human from Earth who was inducted into the Corps. Nova is a C-list hero who I think could hold his own movie, should Marvel someday be running out of heroes to put into films. And Nova’s trajectory is a character is fantastic. Created in the 1970s in the vein of Peter Parker – that being a young, down-on-his-luck teenage hero – Nova never really took off (pun intended). He languished in failed series after failed series, finding his most success as a member of teen hero group the New Warriors. Nova was going nowhere.
Then along came Annihilation. Marvel decided to use Nova as the hero of Annihilation, the leader of the good guys and the star of the entire series. Suddenly Nova’s popular was through the roof! The guy went on to headline his own series again, this one beloved and critically acclaimed. Nova was finally on top! So it’s not too late for Marvel to start seeding in little cameos here and there from which to build later movies. Introduce the Nova Corps in Guardians of the Galaxy…and the next step is Nova himself!
1. The Infinity Gauntlet
I don’t know what the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy will be about, but it should be about the Infinity Gauntlet, the single greatest cosmic story Marvel has ever told. There is no greater Macguffin in the Marvel Universe than the Infinity Gauntlet. The Tesseract is a slobber-covered chew toy compared to the awesomeness of the Infinity Gauntlet. And what’s great is that Marvel has already teased the Gauntlet on two prior occasions, so we already know it’s part of the Movieverse. I think Guardians of the Galaxy is the best time to bring this bad boy into play, alongside the terrible wielder of the Infinity Gauntlet: Thanos!
The Infinity Gauntlet is almost guaranteed to show up somewhere in some future Marvel movie, and I think Guardians of the Galaxy is the best place to start. Just like how the Tesseract first appeared in Captain America: The First Avengers, only to go on to play an important role in The Avengers. The Infinity Gauntlet is a mighty golden glove which houses the six Infinity Gems, which are little baubles that basically control everything. The six gems are: Soul, Time, Space, Mind, Reality and Power. So you can see how, when you bring them all together, whoever is wielding the Infinity Gauntlet has all the power in the freakin’ universe!
Sounds to me like the kind of threat that would bring the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy together, right?
Plus, Marvel has already teased the Infinity Gauntlet. That picture I just posted is from Comic-Con a few years ago. Marvel had an Infinity Gauntlet prop on display for no particular reason. The prop then later appeared in Odin’s weapons vault in Thor, in a blink or you’ll miss it scene.
So Marvel has already put the Gauntlet into its movieverse. It’s already there. And I think Guardians of the Galaxy will be the time to use it!