“Guardians of the Galaxy” has been one of the most popular teams within the MCU. To no surprise, the characters from the comics have always had their love from fans over the decades of the team’s existence. From Chris Pratt’s hilarious on-screen character portrayal to the surprise acting of Dave Bautista, from his professional wrestling career and everyone that appeared in between was outstanding in their way. The original film and the second film had a slightly different cast and featured a mix of characters from the MCU to create the Guardians of the Galaxy that we know today. Below, we’ve gone into detail on the different Guardians of the Galaxy teams from the comics to the current MCU, as well as what possible future MCU “Guardians of the Galaxy” could be, as the next will be the last for this version of the team.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” in the MCU
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1”, as it has been referred to since the second film’s release, has had a team composed of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Mantis. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” had a slightly different team, with Nebula ultimately becoming a potential member towards the end of the film, but overall the team remained the same. So far, outside of the Guardians of the Galaxy being one of the most heavily linked set of characters to Thanos, especially in the comics, the team has also recently been seen with Thor in “Thor: love and Thunder”.
Guardians of the Galaxy in the Comics
In the comics of the various exploits of the different versions of the Guardians of the Galaxy, the team has been composed of members for a series of comics and partial single issues or more. Characters such as Venom, Cosmic Ghost Rider, Thing, and plenty of other odd and surprising characters have all been part of one variation of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the comics to fight several equally strange and powerful enemies. However, as most of the characters featured in the comics have yet to be featured in the MCU, it’s unknown who or even how they could become a possible future MCU “Guardians of the Galaxy” team.
1969 Guardians of the Galaxy
The original Guardians of the Galaxy team introduced in the comics came from an alternate timeline and were composed of Vance Astro, Martinex T’Naga, Captain Charlie-27, and Yondu Udonta. While You may be the most familiar name, he was practically Star-Lord’s father growing up in the MCU and showed his better side throughout the MCU, so he was appropriately honored. However, the other names could be familiar to a keen-eyed fan of Marvel as the characters were featured as Ravagers in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”.
2008 Guardians of the Galaxy
While fans of the MCU may believe that they are most familiar with this team due to their inclusion in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, there was a slight difference between this comic book version of the team and the MCU version. While the comic book team had consisted of Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Gamora, and Drax the Destroyer, it didn’t include Mantis that the movies had included, but it did also have Adam Warlock and Phyla-Vell. Unfortunately, phyla-Vell hasn’t had any MCU attention yet. Still, Adam Warlock has been confirmed to appear in the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”. likely, the extra members from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” that have yet to appear could take the help and become possible future MCU “Guardians of the Galaxy” members.
Guardians of the Galaxy New Guard
Possibly the most exciting rendition of the Guardians of the Galaxy that have appeared in the comics was the NEw GUard version of the team. The Guardians of the Galaxy, the New Guard team, consisted of Rocket Raccoon, Thing, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Agent Venom, and Kitty Pryde. Star-Lord and Gamora eventually joined this version of the team as well, as this was a bit all over the place and even was canceled and had to pick up its loose ends with one-shots and tie-ins.
Possible Future MCU “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Even more characters than the ones mentioned above have been in some variation of the Guardians of the Galaxy team, from the Dark Guardians and the Galactic Guardians to teams that even included Iron Man and Ant-Man. So it would appear any could genuinely appear as a future MCU version of the “Guardians of the Galaxy”.