'Guardians Of The Galaxy' 101: Meet Marvel's New Stars

by Ryan Rigley

Move over, Iron Man and Captain America: it's Rocket Raccoon and Groot the Living Tree's time to shine!

When it was revealed last week that "Guardians of the Galaxy" would be the next Marvel movie to go into production after "Captain America 2," people all across the country simultaneously proclaimed: "Who?" Although the Guardians of the Galaxy may not be as popular as the Avengers or the X-Men, their inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe adds a heaping helping of the much needed sci-fi component that's so prevalent in the comic books.

But who are the Guardians of the Galaxy and what do they do exactly? Well, they're an intergalactic team of alien beings tasked with the sole purpose of defending the galaxy from any and all cosmic threats that may arise. (Obviously.) Read on to learn even more!

Founded by Star-Lord (a half-alien/half-human space hero), the Guardians of the Galaxy are tasked with proactively protecting the galaxy from peril, as opposed to reacting to crises as they occur. Joining Star-Lord in his seemingly endless quest are Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, and Adam Warlock, all three of whom share a direct connection with Thanos, who has a rumored role to play in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie.

Drax the Destroyer was a human who was murdered by Thanos, his spirit now residing in an alien machine hell bent on seeking revenge. Gamora is a former student of Thanos, trained in the art of assassination and nicknamed the "most dangerous woman in the universe." Adam Warlock, an artificially created human whose power derives from the Soul Gem embedded in his forehead, has fought with and against Thanos on multiple occasions, leading an army of Earth's superheroes into battle during "The Infinity Gauntlet."

Beyond those three are two more members of the Guardians: Rocket Raccoon and Groot. The former is a gun-wielding, trash-talking space raccoon and the latter is a super-strong, highly-intelligent tree who can only speak one sentence, "I AM GROOT!" Throw in their chief of security, Cosmo (a former Soviet canine astronaut with powerful psychic abilities), and you'll see that the Guardians are an eclectic bunch, if nothing else.

It's been suggested by Latino Review that the "Guardians" movie will be heavily based on the "Thanos Imperative" storyline. If that is the case, we might be seeing Thanos as an ally to the Guardians rather than as an enemy. In "The Thanos Imperative," Thanos and the Guardians must work together to protect the universe from an invasion of Lovecraftian creatures called the Many-Angled Ones.

However, given the fact that the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie will pretty much be a direct tie-in to "The Avengers 2," it's pretty unlikely that we'll be seeing Thanos introduced as a reluctant hero before getting to see him as the Death-obsessed villain that he truly is. But whatever the case may be, we're hoping that "Guardians of the Galaxy" gives Thanos the introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that he so justly deserves.

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