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Top 10 Facts About Origins of Marvel’s The Guardians of the Galaxy

by Joe|July 12, 2013|in Best & Worst Lists, News|

Top 10 Facts About Origins of Marvel’s The Guardians of the Galaxy

The growing cast of Marvel’s Phase II superhero ensemble Guardians of the Galaxy is getting more interesting as we find out what are the roles that the actors are going to play. Just recently, Chris Pratt showed-off his hot new bod in preparation for his role as Peter Quill a.k.a. Star Lord. Most of the key players have identified who will play the role; Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Michael Rooker as Yondu and John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey. But we’re going to talk about each character in other post.

The villains are also revealed. Benicio Del Toro is playing Taneleer Tivan, a.k.a. Collector. At first, it was assumed that Lee Pace will play this role. But Pace is going to play as Ronan the Accuser. Karen Gillan will be the lead female villain, Nebula.

But before we become overloaded with information about these superheroes, especially those who heard them for the first time, we’ll explore the comic book origins of Guardians of the Galaxy. Here’s the Top 10 Facts About Origins of Marvel’s The Guardians of the Galaxy.

Top 10 Facts About Marvel’s The Guardians of the Galaxy

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Protectors of the Galaxy

In Marvel Universe, it has a galaxy and there's a team of superhuman and alien adventurers devoted to the protecting it from any force that threatens the safety or liberty of its numerous folks. They call themselves The Guardians of the Galaxy. They were introduced as a group from an alternative time line answerable for safeguarding the universe from forceful threats of the 31st century.

Guardian of the Galaxy Comics

There are two teams for The Guardians of the Galaxy. First is Guardians of the Galaxy (1969 team), the original 31st century team from an alternate time-line of the Marvel Universe (Earth-691) and second is Guardians of the Galaxy (2008 team), the modern version of the team formed in the aftermath of Annihilation: Conquest. The first issue appeared in the partial reprint title Marvel Super-Heroes with issue #18 (Jan. 1969), written by Arnold Drake and penciled by Gene Colan. In the 1990s, the Guardians starred in a self-titled comic that ran for 62 issues. A spin-off four-issue miniseries, Galactic Guardians (July–October 1994), followed. The second volume was published in May 2008, written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. The title features a new team drawn from participants in the Annihilation: Conquest storyline.

The Guardian of the Galaxy Original Members

Guardian of the Galaxy had the original members who are considered extinct and last of their kinds. Together, they fought antagonistic extraterrestrial species called the Badoon. The members were Major Vance Astro - 20th Century astronaut, a soldier from Jupiter - Charlie-27, Pluto represented by a crystal alien Martinex and a Beta Centuri’s blue-colored savage, Yondu.

2008’s Guardian of the Galaxy

The second volume is published and considered a reboot. However, the original cast was replaced by new members and the plot changed too. The setting is in another dimension and the team was led by son of a human mother and alien father, Peter Quill, assumes the mantle of Star-Lord, an interplanetary policeman.

Guardian of the Galaxy’s Star Lord

Star Lord’s strength and power as a soldier came from Element Gun, a special meta-pistol capable of projecting one of the four elements (air, earth, fire and water). Star-Lord also shares a psychic link with his sentient space vessel, "Ship."

The Phalanx

Having already experienced two intergalactic crises, including an attack by a cybernetic alien race called the Phallanx, Star Lord had dedicated himself to setting up a pro-active team of galactic protectors in order to prevent a third major incident. Recruiting other superheroes that had survived the massive battles, he proved a strong team leader and master strategist. In Annihilation: Conquest, the sequel to the Annihilation crossover, a new breed of Phalanx serves as the primary villain. They tried to begin where Annihilus left off.

Guardian of the Galaxy New Members

In the aftermath of the Phalanx invasion of the Kree, Star Lord recruited the services of Adam Warlock - artificially created superhuman, Drax - The Destroyer, Gamora - Thanos' adopted daughter, and Captain Marvel’s successor, Quasar. The Guardians would leap straight into action whenever there is chaos in the universe. But the more interesting members would be recruiting extraterrestrial being that looks like a tree – Groot and master marksman Rocket Racoon – an anthropomorphic raccoon. On the recommendation of their ally, Nova, the group establishes a base of operations on the space station Knowhere, which possesses a teleportation system with near-universal range. An intelligent, telepathic dog named Cosmo is Knowhere's chief of security and works closely with the new team.

War of Kings and The Thanos Imperative

War of Kings tells the story about a war between the Vulcan led Shi'ar empire and the Inhuman led Kree empire. The Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova Corps, Darkhawk, and the Starjammers become involved in various ways. The Thanos Imperative story focuses on the cosmic, or space-based, heroes of the Marvel Universe, who band together to combat the imminent threat of the Fault—a rift in space-time formed at the end of "War of Kings"—and the Cancerverse that lies beyond it—a universe where death itself is extinct.

Guardian of the Galaxy New Series

The Guardians of the Galaxy will appear in a new series for Marvel NOW! beginning with issue 0.1 written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Steve McNiven. Iron Man will join the team.

Guardian of the Galaxy On Television

Guardian of the Galaxy, like other superheroes, appeared in television. It appeared in the episode of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, wherein the team consists of Star-Lord, Adam Warlock, Rocket Raccoon, Quasar and Groot.


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