Rocket Raccoon.  Groot.  Gamora.  Star-Lord.  Drax the Destroyer. You have until August 2014 to learn these names.  Who are they?  They are the starting lineup of your live-action Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy. Sean Howe over at Vulture has written up a pretty great rundown … Continue reading

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Character Guide

Rocket Raccoon.  Groot.  Gamora.  Star-Lord.  Drax the Destroyer.

You have until August 2014 to learn these names.  Who are they?  They are the starting lineup of your live-action Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy.

Sean Howe over at Vulture has written up a pretty great rundown of these little-to-never-known superheroes.

Here is a character guide (as interpreted by me — someone who has never read a single Guardians comic*):

ROCKET RACCOON

He is the memorable one of the bunch.  A raccoon with guns.  Awesome.  He lives in a sealed off portion of outer space called the Keystone Quadrant.  His starship is the RACK N’ RUIN, of which he is the captain.  He has a co-pilot named Wal Russ who is a walrus.

RR has not had a successful solo comic run ever.  I think our trigger-happy vermin’s luck is about to change in the next few years.

GROOT

He is a walking tree monster.  Yes, like Treebeard from Lord of the Rings.  He is known as the Monarch of Planet X.  His mission: go to Earth and abduct humans for later study. He eats wood for sustenance, which technically makes him a cannibal.

A scientist got the best of Groot by unleashing a bunch of termites on him.  Someone get Groot the number to Terminix.

GAMORA

She is a dagger-wielding assassin, and the adopted daughter of Thanos.  She is known as the Deadliest Woman in the Whole Galaxy, or at least that’s what she calls herself.  In trying to kill Thanos, she ends up six feet under (later resurrected).

She has considerable daddy issues.

STAR-LORD

He is the guy dual-wielding two guns, looking like a Space Nazi Bounty Hunter.  He used to be an astronaut named Peter Quill who gained the mantle Star-Lord from a powerful alien called Master of the Sun.

Star-Lord is supposed to be a real jerk.  The Tony Stark of the Guardians, if you will.

DRAX THE DESTROYER

After a real-estate agent named Arthur Douglas is killed by Thanos, some Titan gods bring back Arthur’s soul and give him a wicked powerful new body in order to enact revenge on Thanos.  Drax’s entire purpose is to destroy Thanos.

*I plan to soon!

Source: Vulture

  • http://twitter.com/chipsmcgavin Francisco

    LAME!! Cheap imitations.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Yuzuru-Nomura/1502485636 Yuzuru Nomura

    I’ve never read the comics of heard of them til now, and from the looks of these guys, I have no idea why they can call themselves the “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Or is it a puny galaxy they’re guardians of, like a galaxy ruled by ants? Anyhow, I cannot imagine these guys integrating with the Avengers sequel. None of the guardians have any charismatic look. Heck, the only guy standing out is a racoon with guns! Hahaha!

  • http://twitter.com/zdelorean john delorean

    Cheap imitations of what? The Guardians were actually the best written book at Marvel by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Warlock should be on the team since they’re obviously working the Thanos angle.

  • Alex Lazar

    This is looking more and more like Marvel’s version of Green Lantern. It’s been said here before, but how are you going to cast half these characters if you cannot see their faces? I’ll give it a shot, but don’t expect Avengers box office numbers…

  • http://twitter.com/H4nk Hank Marcano 

    Horrible

  • http://twitter.com/soundofmywalter Carlos Díaz

    It’s a pretty bad character explanation. don’t trust this AT ALL.

  • rsixsmith

    it would be nice to see quasar make an appearance too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ra.lamothe Ra LaMothe

    All their individual origins sound so cheesy. Not big on my list at all. The writers are going to have to take a LOT of liberties to make these guys interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/gymnodinium gymnodinium

    Star Lord is not a jerk like Stark! What the hell?!

  • myclawismypenis

    Need some comic recommendations in regards to GOTG…where should I start?

  • rsixsmith

    john delorean references the abnett and lanning books above. those are “the war of kings” and “the thanos imperative”. but you should at least pick up the annihilation: conquest mini series that lays the groundwork. that book crosses over with nova and involves serveral other mini series. you can find the guardian books in multi-issue volumes, but i’m not sure about the annihilation series. i’d be surprised if not. i never read any of the ’60s Guardians books.

  • http://www.facebook.com/al217 Alvin Padayachee

    I’d like to read about them in the comics – but they seem too outlandish to feature in a movie. I think the movie is going to flop badly.