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Avengers: Endgame Can Set Up Marvel's DARK Guardians As Phase 4 Villains

With the future of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 a total mystery, Avengers: Endgame couldn't have come along at a better time. But the next Avengers movie could actually do more than just bring the MCU's Guardians back to life. It could also help to unite their newest enemies: a group that calls themselves the Dark Guardians.

The villainous alliance is brand new in the world of Marvel Comics, introduced as the first enemies facing the new rebooted Guardians of the Galaxy led by Peter Quill and the newly punk rock Groot. With major powers at their disposal, and being led by Thanos' very own brother on a mission of revenge, the Dark Guardians would be the kind of threat that the MCU versions of Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket, and Groot have never faced before.

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Believe it or not, the story of Avengers: Endgame could set the pieces perfectly for the debut of this villainous team in Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Not convinced? Then allow us to break it all down.

Meet Marvel's New, Dark Guardians

Marvel fans who find the idea of a team of "dark Guardians of the Galaxy" exciting are in luck, since the team has only recently made its formal debut in Guardians of the Galaxy #2. Collecting iconic cosmic heroes like the Shi'ar Gladiator, Wraith, Cosmic Ghost Rider, and even Nebula, the team has gathered for a mission personally offered by Starfox, the brother and longtime opponent of Thanos. And though their name admits that their mission is a dark one, it doesn't make them villains... just warriors willing to do what's necessary to protect the galaxy - without allowing emotion to cloud their mind.

That's one area in which the Dark Guardians have the regular Guardians beat, since emotion and hurt feelings has basically wiped out the Guardians team fans know (especially after Drax died to save the universe). But the really bad news? The Dark Guardians only have one real mission ahead of them...

The Dark Guardians Want Gamora Dead

The Avengers may be forming a plan to undo the decimation Thanos unleashed on the MCU, but in the comics, the Mad Titan has been slain and beheaded by his daughter Gamora. But even death - real, actual, 'we can't find his head' death - isn't enough to stop Thanos forever. He's planned for his demise by making sure his preserved consciousness is forced into a new body, meaning a new Thanos is going to return.

The top candidates have been chosen, and these cosmic outlaws willing to do what they must have begun their hunt. They are the Dark Guardians, and they are going to kill Gamora to make sure Thanos stays dead. Which is exactly the story that Avengers: Endgame can set in motion, and give Guardians of the Galaxy 3 a brand new direction.

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Key Release Dates
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 release date:
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
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