Warning: SPOILERS for Guardians of the Galaxy #1
Whether or not Marvel fans are ready to admit it, the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy is about to change. But contrary to what many may think, the comics have shown that doesn't need to be a bad thing. In fact, Avengers: Endgame could be the first step in rebooting the franchise... making way for a new version of the team to assemble in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
No matter what is said publicly, even the film's stars have described the next Guardians movie as "on hold indefinitely." For their part, the directors of Avengers: Endgame have confirmed that the James Gunn controversy didn't impact their plans for the heroes. To some, that could mean the Guardians will be just as stuck after Endgame's credits roll. But if the Marvel minds are paying any attention to the comics, then the newly-rebooted Guardians of the Galaxy series and team could be an obvious solution.
Because most of the MCU's Guardians have been heading to the same dead ends as their comic counterparts, anyway. If one clean reboot works on paper... why can't it work on film, too?
- This Page: Guardians Must Change,The Comics Show How
- Page 2: The Guardian Who Dies, So The MCU Can Live
Marvel Just Showed How To Reboot The Guardians
The arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy #1 does more than prove that even a great team can get greater--it shows why fans shouldn't be too skeptical about a reboot's chances of matching past successes (and therefore not insulting, dishonoring, or erasing them). At first, Marvel Comics fans responded to the death of a Guardian, a comic reboot, and a brand new, mystery roster of the Guardians of the Galaxy about as cynically as they would for a movie reboot. But in the end, the series set off on the right foot, allowing new and beloved cosmic characters to bounce off Star-Lord and Groot. And all by sending away Rocket, Drax, and Gamora without needing to kill them so they could never return. Well... for most of them, anyway.
So if the comics prove that the Guardians can support their own stories, and their own journeys, then the movies would do well to take notes. Because almost all of the major changes introduced to relaunch a new Guardians series match up incredibly well with the post-Infinity War Guardians.
Gamora Can Return... But at What Cost?
There are a lot of reasons to dislike the sequence that ended with Gamora's death in Avengers: Infinity War, with Thanos turning abusive love into an even stronger weapon to kill his daughter, and demonstrating a pretty textbook case of 'fridging' a daughter to make her father more interesting. But no matter what, Gamora's death on Vormir means that the Avengers will need to do more than just reverse the Thanos snap. One way or another they'll need to resurrect Gamora, including whatever piece of her resides in the Soul Stone (if any actually does in the MCU's version). In the comics, she survived years ignoring the fact that she wasn't a whole person! Yet in the comics... Gamora'a life of suffering, abuse, anger, and denial finally did become too much for her to hold back.
She needed to decide who she was for herself, not as the "last of her people," or a kidnapped "daughter" of Thanos, or one of several "Guardians of the Galaxy." Leaving Peter behind wasn't easy, and wouldn't be in the film, either. But the MCU could do with more heroes deciding that mental and emotional health are important, too. And believe us, if the Endgame story helps set up the same Guardians reboot as the comics recently pulled off, it won't be Gamora's exit that fans will be debating, but a more... permanent departure by one of her fan-favorite teammates. SPOILERS ahead.