8 Guardians of the Galaxy Facts You Didn’t Know
If you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet, you’re missing out! It’s shaping up to be the movie of the summer – TMNT might be having bigger weekends, but GOTG is still well on it’s way the bigger total box office. That also means Guardians of the Galaxy costumes are going to be huge for Halloween this year. If you’re still not sold on what you want to be yet, then maybe our list of amazing Guardians of the Galaxy facts will help you out:
The 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy film is not about the original Guardians of the Galaxy.
Within the world(s) of Marvel Comics, there have two separate Guardians of the Galaxy teams. Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Drax were all members of a team that made their comic debut in 2008. The original Guardians, though, debuted in 1969, in Marvel Super-Heroes #18. (They didn’t even have their own standalone comic series until the ’90s.) Also, the original team existed in an alternate future timeline, Earth-691, separate from Marvel’s mainstream universe, Earth-616.
One of the original Guardians is in the movie, though.
Yondu is the leader of the Ravagers in the movie, the gang that abducts Peter and aids in the defense of Xandar. In the original 1969 comics, Yondu is the last surviving member of a tribe of natives from Centauri IV, and forms the Guardians along with Vance Astro from Earth, Charlie-27 from Jupiter, and Martinex T’Naga from Pluto. Both Yondus have blue skin and red mohawks, but most of the similarities end there.
Drax was originally a human being, and a boring one, too.
In the movie, Drax is a member of an alien race whose family was killed by Ronan the Accuser. In the comics, Arthur Douglas is an average real estate agent who, while driving through the desert with this family, happens to see Thanos’ ship in the sky. Wrong place, wrong time – Thanos didn’t want to leave any witnesses of appearance on Earth, so he attacks the Douglases. Mentor, Thanos’ father, then captured Douglas’ life energy and put it into a new, superhuman body for the purpose of combating Thanos.
Drax’s daughter is also a Guardian of the Galaxy.
Hopefully this isn’t a spoiler for the next movie (seriously, we have no idea), but in the comics, it’s revealed that Heather Douglas did not die by Thanos’ hand. Similar to Arthur’s resurrection as Drax, Heather was reborn as Moondragon, and received powerful telepathic powers. She joined the modern Guardians team in 2009, in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, #12.
Aside from Moondragon, seven other modern-era Guardians didn’t make it into the movie.
Adam Warlock, a genetically enhanced and optimized human being, and Martyr, a Titanian with energy manipulation abilities, both debuted in 2008 with Drax, Gamora, Rocket, and Star-Lord. Other Guardians who joined later were: Vance Astro (the same Vance Astro from the original team, who traveled through a wormhole to get to Earth-616), Mantis, Bug, Jack Flag, and Cosmo the Spacedog.
There’s a Guardian of the Galaxy named Cosmo the Spacedog.
Cosmo was originally a member of 1960s Russia’s space program – clearly inspired by Laika. After drifting through space, he ended up at Knowhere, the Guardians’ headquarters in the comics. Somewhere along the way, radiation caused Cosmo to mutate and develop powerful telekinetic abilities. He currently acts as the Guardians’ chief of security.
Iron Man has been an official member of the Guardians.
Are there any Marvel Comics he’s not a part of? Tony Stark joined issue #8 of Avengers Assemble, in late 2012 after getting the offer to do so from Star-Lord. He also got together with Gamora, because of course he did.
In the comics, Groot says more than “I am Groot!”
When Groot made his first comic book appearance in the 1960s, he came to Earth to study the human race, and could actually communicate rather eloquently. This changed during a reboot of his species – the Flora Colossus – in the mid-2000s. Groot, and his fellow Florae, still possesses genius levels of intellect, but their hardened larynxes cause all speech to sound like “I am Groot” to the ears of others.
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