Warning: SPOILERS for Marvel's Infinity Wars
The Infinity War movie forced fans to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy die - now Marvel Comics is going to repeat the heartbreak by killing off one member of the team. And if you read the evidence right, it's not hard to guess which Guardian will make 'the ultimate sacrifice.'
It's a strange time to break the news to fans that Marvel is going to be first killing, then replacing the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy for a full-scale reboot. With James Gunn being forced out of the series director's chair, and at least one cast member saying he'll quit Guardians 3 without Gunn, the future of the property stands in question. The comics have followed a different path, but find themselves in the same spot.
So, which Guardian of the Galaxy is Marvel going to kill... and will the comic reboot show how the MCU may follow suit?
- This Page: Marvel's Plan To Kill & Reboot The Guardians
- Page 2: The Guardian Marvel is Hinting Will Be Killed
Yes, a Guardian of the Galaxy is Going To Die
These days even casual comic fans know that when it comes to superheroes, even death isn't permanent - a major reason why fans didn't riot when Avengers 3 killed off half the MCU. So even with Marvel announcing the launch of Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian coming in December, with a somber, de-saturated cover depicting the five core heroes (the same as the original movie team), there was some wiggle room on just how "fallen" was being used.
With the Infinity Wars event building to its finale around the same time, even a Guardian leaving the team behind or turning to the villains' side would be more believable than Marvel killing one off. Unfortunately, the synopsis leaves no doubt:
In the stunning climax of INFINITY WARS, one of the Guardians of the Galaxy makes the ultimate sacrifice. Look back at the life of a fallen Guardian and the empty space they leave behind in what’s left of the universe.
That tease means Guardians fans will need to pick up Infinity Wars #6 on the same day, December 19th, to see which Guardian dies for the sake of their friends and universe in the event's big finale. On the very same day, writer Gerry Duggan and artist Andy McDonald will give that Fallen Guardian their own memorial issue... before the new Guardians of the Galaxy begins its total reboot just weeks later.
It All Leads To The New Guardians Reboot
The confirmation that an existing member of the Guardians of the Galaxy - Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, or Groot - won't actually survive the Infinity Wars adds even more weight to the event. But it also helps explain the previous announcement of a new reboot for the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book. With the first image teasing that the new series, launching in January, will take just about every cosmic character into consideration, the tagline itself makes more sense than ever.
The inclusion of Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock, Captain Marvel, Thor, and even Galactus in the tease of a new roster grabbed the attention, but the tagline itself - "Who Are The Guardians?" - implies it's the heroes themselves asking the question. In the wake of the coming death, the surviving team members may question everything. But how they recruit new heroes will change depending on who dies.
Especially if it's the Guardian who Marvel seriously wants fans to expect... since they're hinting that it's another Guardian who actually kills the fallen hero.