With the Marvel NOW! book approaching and the movie itself, I thought that this is a good time to explain that team because they aren’t too well known as a lot of Cosmic Marvel isn’t spotlighted often. When I say Marvel goes cosmic, this isn’t meant to mean that this is something new. Guardians have been around for a long time and most would call them the Cosmic Avengers, which they basically are.
Bendis, the writer for the story, says that the series is designed to capitalize on the build-up to The Avengers 2, allowing newcomers to see why we’re all excited about these characters and why this is as good a franchise as anything Marvel has.
Guardians Of The Galaxy
The Guardians of The Galaxy came to be when a group of heroes who opposed the conquest of the Kree system(a huge war that did a lot of damage to the universe), banded together in an attempt to prevent any further catastrophes from occurring. The team occupied a base of operations at the space station called Knowhere, which possesses a teleportation system with near-universal range. A telepathic, and telekinetic super-powered dog named Cosmo acts as Knowhere’s chief of security and works closely with the new team.
From there they stopped any and all anomalies from opening or continuing to open across the universe while taking on a super religious church called the Universal Church, that was trying and succeeded to bring Thanos back to life. It was at the end of their fight with the church that it was discovered that the team didn’t come together on their own free will but were actually mentally influenced by Cosmo as a favor from Star Lord. This caused a break in the team as they all went their separate ways.
Rocket Raccoon though decided to continue and started a search for the missing members with what was left of the team and some new additions. After some time they found Star Lord, but the others came back to them because along the way they all got word of a war between the Shi’ar Empire, with their new Emperor Vulcan, and the Kree, now led by the Inhumans and their King Black Bolt. All of the Guardians reunited and put an end to the war that could have torn the universe apart.
This story here takes place months later, as the actions of the returned Thanos on Earth caught the Guardians’ attention, assisting the Avengers against him. Thanos managed to get a Cosmic Cube from the Army, with which he escaped to Moord, the homeland of the Badoon. The Guardians arrived to the Avengers Tower and informed the Avengers about the situation. They joined the Guardians to fight Thanos and the Badoon.
After Thanos apparently killed the Elders of the Universe, to impose his supremacy, he became one with the Cosmic Cube and then he killed the Avengers and the Guardians as well. But actually, they were sent to the Cancerverse along the Elders, there, Tony Stark found that Thanos’ weapon wasn’t actually a Cosmic Cube and that it had defects.
And stay tuned!