The Asgardians of the Galaxy are coming. But I can certainly hazard a guess or two.
Marvel has been releasing cryptic teasers for this summer’s Infinity Wars comics crossover event. Infinity Wars is written by Gerry Duggan, who has also been writing the Guardians of the Galaxy comic for the least year or so (with spectacular art by Aaron Kuder), so it would make sense that he would steer the team into a new iteration of some kind. The Duggan/Kuder (not to be confused with Dunning-Kruger…that’s our President) Guardians comics are the most perfect distillation of everything you love about the Guardians of the Galaxy movies right now, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.
This teaser promised that “The Guardians of the Galaxy are no more” before asking the question “Who are the Asgardians of the Galaxy?”
And now Marvel has revealed the lineup…
ANGELA, the not-so-beloved half-sister of Thor.
The hotheaded VALKYRIE – and the human who shares her form, Annabelle Riggs.
SKURGE the EXECUTIONER, freshly returned from Hel.
THROG, the mightiest frog of thunder.
Kevin Masterson, the boy who took his father’s mace to become the hero THUNDERSTRIKE.
And the DESTROYER, the Asgardian armor built to take down Celestials – its wielder unknown.
Look, Marvel knows when they’ve got a good thing going. Naming your massive summer publishing event something close to one of the biggest movies of all time is a perfect piece of synergy. And noting that audiences certainly took to the idea of Thor becoming a pirate-angel to Star-Lord, Rocket, Drax, and Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War, so it makes sense to go for a little of that vibe on the page. On the other hand, since many of the other recent Infinity Wars teasers also promised that “Death wins” maybe we shouldn’t get too attached to Star-Lord and friends right now.