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"The galaxy needs its guardians."
Thor to Star-Lord[src]

The Guardians of the Galaxy are a team of intergalactic mercenaries who primarily defend the Andromeda galaxy. The team was founded in 2014 when Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Drax the Destroyer assembled to save Xandar from being decimated by Ronan the Accuser. Recognized by the Nova Empire, the Guardians were hired shortly after by the Sovereign's leader Ayesha to defeat an Abilisk, but became their enemies when Rocket stole from them. They gained three new members in Mantis, Nebula and Yondu Udonta when they banded together to defeat Ego, which resulted in Udonta's death. Nebula then left the team as the remaining Guardians resumed their adventures.

Four years later, the Guardians joined forces with the Avengers to stop Thanos from collecting the Infinity Stones. However, Gamora was taken by Thanos who later sacrificed her for the Soul Stone. Despite their best efforts to stop him, they were defeated on Titan and Wakanda as Thanos completed the Infinity Gauntlet, using it to murder half the universe's population. The Guardians of the Galaxy then ceased to exist as most of its members were now dead, with the only survivors, Rocket and Nebula, officially joining the Avengers.

The Guardians of the Galaxy were reassembled in 2023 when most of their members, with the sole exception of Gamora, were resurrected by the Avengers. They participated in the battle against another Thanos alongside an alternate Gamora, both of whom had come from another timeline. Following their victory, the Guardians departed Earth with Thor, who joined the group, with Kraglin Obfonteri joining them shortly after.

As they returned to defend the cosmos, the Guardians undertook several missions, culminating in the Battle of Indigarr. After the battle, the team learned of the rampage of Gorr the God Butcher, prompting Thor to leave the group. The Guardians then purchased Knowhere from the Collector, where they found Cosmo, who became their new member. They worked to transform Knowhere into their official headquarters and celebrated Christmas with Kevin Bacon, whom they had kidnapped.

In 2026, the Guardians were attacked on Knowhere by Adam Warlock, which resulted in Rocket being severely wounded. In order to save his life, the Guardians allied with the Ravagers, which included the alternate Gamora, to infiltrate OrgoCorp. Joined by Gamora, the Guardians of the Galaxy traveled to Counter-Earth to revive Rocket, after which they assembled to defeat High Evolutionary and liberate his test subjects, including a young girl named Phyla. Returning back to Knowhere, Gamora, Star-Lord, Mantis, Drax and Nebula elected to leave the team to live individual lives. Rocket was then appointed as the new leader and led a new iteration of the team comprised of himself, Groot, Obfonteri and Cosmo along with new members Blurp, Phyla and Adam Warlock.

History[]

Preliminary[]

Quest for the Orb[]

"What a bunch of a-holes."
Garthan Saal[src]

When Peter Quill stole the Orb, Sakaarans troops led by Korath hunted for Quill but he escaped in the Milano. Yondu Udonta and his Ravager clan went to Morag after the Orb but discovered Quill's treachery and set a bounty on him. Elsewhere in the galaxy, Ronan the Accuser was informed of Quill stealing the Orb, so he sent Gamora to retrieve it. On Xandar, Quill tried to sell the Orb to the Broker and was later attacked by Gamora, only to be intercepted by Rocket Raccoon and Groot after the bounty on Quill. None were successful as they were soon apprehended and arrested by the Nova Corps.[1]

Escape from the Kyln[]

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The four criminals arrive at the Kyln

"If you free us, I'll lead you to the buyer directly and I'll split the profit between the three of us."
"I am Groot."
"Four of us."
Gamora, Groot and Rocket Raccoon[src]

The group was sentenced to Kyln Prison Facility, and when they arrived, the group discussed Peter Quill's bounty, as well as the Orb, which Gamora revealed she was going to betray Ronan the Accuser with. They were each then processed by the Nova Corps as he was stripped down and washed, humiliating them. They were then given their uniforms and sent into the prison.

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The group are threatened by other inmates

Gamora found herself endangered by inmates whose families were victims of Ronan and after being threatened, Rocket Raccoon claimed Quill as his bounty. That night, some of the inmates attempted to kill Gamora, but Drax the Destroyer stopped them, desiring to kill her himself for the death of his family. Quill intervened and convinced Drax to let Gamora live, which would allow him to exact his vengeance on Ronan. Afterward, Quill, Gamora, Rocket and Groot all decided to work together to escape and sell the Orb, sharing the profit.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy escape the Kyln

The next day, Rocket plotted an intricate plan to escape, which he informed the others on, however, Groot caused it to occur sooner than he wanted. Now under a lot of pressure, the proceeded with the rest of the plan, Gamora obtaining a security band and Quill stealing an inmate's false leg, while Drax assisted them in the fight that broke out. They all grouped up at the watchtower, which they took control of, turning off the artificial gravity in the prison, allowing them to escape and get to the Milano, departing from the Kyln.[1]

Tension within the Team[]

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The Guardians travel to Knowhere

"But I can't promise, when all this is over I'm not gonna kill every last one of you jerks."
"See? That's exactly why none of you have any friends! Five seconds after you meet somebody, you're already trying to kill them!"
Rocket Raccoon and Peter Quill[src]

As they flew to Knowhere to meet with the Collector, tension developed between the five as they clashed over the lack of trust. However, when an argument broke out about the Orb, Peter Quill cooled things down and told them that they're partners until they get the money.

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The Guardians get into an argument

They eventually made it to Knowhere and made their way to where they were requested to wait for the Collector. While they waited, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon and Groot went to the Boot of Jemiah, and Quill and Gamora talked outside. When a drunken fight between Drax and Rocket and Groot broke out, Quill and Gamora rushed to them to break it up. Quill tried to calm Rocket down from shooting Drax by reminding him that he will be rich soon and then proceeded to address how none of them have any friends due to their hostility.

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The Guardians learn about the Infinity Stones

After Drax walked off, Carina chooses to finally greet and bring them to the Collector, who they presented the Orb to. Meanwhile, Drax wandered around Knowhere until he came across the Tivan Dispatch Center and called Ronan the Accuser to their location. The Collector then explained that the Orb contained an Infinity Stone, which he went on to inform them of the stone's history. When the Collector went to pay them, Carina grabbed the Power Stone, destroying the Collector's Museum.

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The Guardians argue about the Orb

Managing to survive the explosion, they then grabbed the Orb and left the Museum. They then discussed what to do with the Orb, now knowing its true power. Gamora believed they should give it to the Nova Corps so it would be safe, but Rocket suggested just giving it to Ronan as they were wanted by the Nova Corps. Quill agreed with both of their points, proposing that they find someone else to take the Orb, who will keep it safe, but also pay them.[1]

Skirmish on Knowhere[]

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The Guardians see Ronan the Accuser arrive

"They're all idiots! Quill just got himself captured. None of this ever would happen if you didn't try to single-handedly take on a frickin' army!"
Rocket Raccoon to Drax the Destroyer[src]

Suddenly, they discovered Drax the Destroyer standing before a fleet of Necrocraft ships, realizing that he had called Ronan the Accuser. At the same time, Yondu Udonta arrived and called out to Peter Quill, having tracked him down. As Drax fought Ronan, Quill, Gamora and Rocket Raccoon attempted to escape from Nebula in the Mining Pods.

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The Guardians lose the Orb to Nebula

Despite their best attempts to evade the fleet and escape, after she flew out into space, Nebula destroyed Gamora's pod, leaving her to die while stealing the Orb. Back on Knowhere, Drax was brutally beaten by Ronan and thrown into a tank full of spinal fluid. Quill exited his pod to save Gamora and called Udonta to pick them up, while Rocket returned to Knowhere. With the Orb gone and Quill and Gamora captured, Rocket, Drax and Groot argued about what happened, however, they ultimately decided to help their only friends.[1]

Uniting as a Team[]

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The Guardians regroup on board the Eclector

"I have lived most my life surrounded by my enemies. I will be grateful to die among my friends."
"You are an honorable man, Quill. I will fight beside you. And in the end, see my wife and daughter again."
"I am Groot."
"What the hell, I ain't got that long of a life span anyway."
Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon to Peter Quill[src]

While Peter Quill and Gamora attempted to convince Yondu Udonta to help them stop Ronan the Accuser, Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer and Groot came to their friends rescue, threatening to blow up the Eclector. After clearing everything up, the group all regrouped on board the Eclector to come up with a plan.

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The Guardians unite together as a team

However, this proved to not be easy as the group argued amongst themselves, failing to come up with a plan to stop Ronan. Quill then gave a speech to them, entailing how they have all experienced loss in their lives but they were finally being given a chance to do something good for once. Quill stood strongly with his desire to no longer run from problems and face Ronan, which inspired the rest of the group to stand with him.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy prepare for battle

With the group united, they developed a plan to save Xandar, in which Rocket would attack the Dark Aster, allowing the rest of them to enter, find Ronan, and kill him with the Hadron Enforcer. The group shared the plan with Udonta and his Ravagers clan, and they all geared up and prepared for battle, also sending a message out to the Nova Corps for assistance. With everything prepared, the group all walked together, successfully becoming a team.[1]

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Battle of Xandar[]

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The Guardians fly towards the Dark Aster

"You said it yourself, bitch. We're the Guardians of the Galaxy."
Star-Lord to Ronan[src]

The Guardians and the Ravagers then began their attack on the Dark Aster, distracting them and flying under where Rocket Raccoon opened fire, breaking a hole in the side. As Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and Groot tried to make their way to the entrance, they came under heavy attack, but were saved by the Nova Corps.

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The Guardians infiltrate the Dark Aster

When they infiltrated the Dark Aster, they discovered it was too dark to see, so Groot created bio-luminous spores to light the way, much to the rest of the team's wonder. As they made their way, Drax thanked the other Guardians for their acceptance, although, they were interrupted when Nebula confronted them. When she started insulting Gamora, Drax shot her with his rocket launcher, sending her flying away. Gamora then went to disable the security doors protecting Ronan the Accuser while the others battled Korath and the Sakaarans.

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The Guardians battle the Sakaarans

Meanwhile, Rocket along with other Ravagers were destroying the Necrocrafts that were trying to dive-bomb Xandar. As Gamora tried to complete her task, she was stopped by Nebula, and a duel broke out between them, resulting in Nebula falling out of the Dark Aster. Star-Lord, Drax and Groot were able to defeat Korath and the Sakaarans as Gamora opened the security door, and then rejoined them as they went to confront Ronan.

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The Guardians fire at Ronan the Accuser

The Guardians then stood before Ronan, as Star-Lord activated the Hadron Enforcer, firing a direct shot at him, causing a massive blast. However, they were not successful, as Ronan quickly got back up, barely being injured at all, and then retaliated, knocking them away. While Drax and Ronan fought, Rocket crashed his ship through the Dark Aster, severely damaging both ships and knocking himself unconscious.

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Groot sacrifices himself to save the Guardians

With the Dark Aster falling apart inside and crashing towards the surface, Groot decided to save his allies from the wreckage by forming a large branch to protect them. After the Dark Aster crashed to the surface, the Guardians slowly recovered as they lay on the ground in pain while Rocket mourned the recent loss of his best friend.

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Star-Lord reaches for the Power Stone

Their recovery and mourning were cut short when Ronan reappeared from the wreckage, much to their distress. Ronan stood before the Guardians and onlooking Xandarians, giving a speech before he would decimate the planet. But before he could act, the Guardians made one last attempt to stop Ronan, with Rocket repairing the Hadron Enforcer as Star-Lord distracted the Accuser with a dance-off. Drax then used the Hadron Enforcer to destroy the Universal Weapon, exposing the Power Stone which Star-Lord and Ronan reached for.

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The Guardians absorb the Power Stone

Star-Lord was able to grab the stone, but its power began to rip his body apart. Star-Lord continued to hold the stone, sacrificing himself, but Gamora reached out to grab his hand, sharing the power of the stone between them. Drax then grabbed onto Star-Lord, with Rocket holding onto his finger, allowing them to absorb and control the stone's power. Star-Lord then declared themselves the "Guardians of the Galaxy" and used the stone to obliterate Ronan.

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The Guardians confronted by Yondu Udonta

Immediately after the conflict was resolved, Udonta and his clan approached the Guardians reminding them he was promised the Orb. They tried to convince him to let them hand it over to the Nova Corps, but he demanded they comply to his request. Star-Lord, knowing he couldn't say no to Udonta, but couldn't give him the stone either, handed him a fake orb without the stone.[1]

New Life[]

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The Guardians are thanked by the Nova Corps

"What should we do next? Something good, something bad? Bit of both?"
"We'll follow your lead, Star-Lord."
"A bit of both."
Star-Lord and Gamora[src]

The Guardians then met with the Nova Corps to hand over the Orb, who out of thanks for saving Xandar, cleaned their slates and repaired the Milano for them. After informing Peter Quill of his unknown lineage, Irani Rael expressed her gratitude to the Guardians, and Rhomann Dey showed them the repaired Milano and warned them of committing any crimes in the future.

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The Guardians begin their cosmic adventures

The Guardians, along with a twig from Groot that Rocket Raccoon had planted, then boarded the Milano and departed from Xandar. After Quill played his new mixtape, he manned the pilot's seat and asked what they should do next, ultimately deciding upon doing good and bad. During their time flying through space as a new family with a reborn Groot, they decided to take jobs, marketing themselves as "galaxy savers".[1]

Battle on Sovereign[]

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The Guardians waiting on Sovereign

"We've been hired to stop an inter-dimensional beast from feeding on those batteries and I'm going to stop it with a sword?"
Gamora to Star-Lord[src]

A few months after the Battle of Xandar, the Guardians were hired by the Sovereign Priestess, Ayesha to kill an Abilisk, a beast who was slowly devouring the planet's power source. In exchange, Ayesha promised to hand Nebula, who they had arrested, over into their custody.

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The Guardians charge towards the Abilisk

When the Abilisk arrived, the Guardians charged at the beast and were thrown around by it while Groot plugged in Star-Lord's music and danced. After Drax the Destroyer jumped inside the Abilisk's mouth, the other Guardians made a plan to attack the cut on its neck. As Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon distracted the Abilisk by getting it to look up, Gamora used her sword to pierce its skin. Gamora was successful in killing the beast, although when Drax was released, he took the credit.

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The Guardians after defeating the Abilisk

With the job done, the Guardians then cleaned themselves off and got changed before going to see Ayesha. As they did, Quill informed the others about the Anulax Batteries, as well as warning them about how they behave in front of the Sovereign, as they are easily offended, which leads to executions. Meanwhile, unknown to the other Guardians, Rocket stole some of the batteries because of their high value.

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The Guardians meeting the High Priestess

The Guardians then met with Ayesha, who thanked them for their efforts. After a brief conversation, Gamora asked Ayesha to give them Nebula as promised, and she complied, concluding the arrangement. After some more conversations between them, ended with Rocket insulting them, the Guardians then left the temple and headed to Xandar in the Milano.[2]

Escape from the Sovereign Fleet[]

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The Guardians evade the incoming Omnicrafts

"Can we put the bickering on hold until after we survive this massive space battle?"
Gamora to the Guardians of the Galaxy[src]

As Rocket Raccoon piloted the Milano, they heard an alert go off, so they joined at the cockpit to find a Sovereign fleet of Omnicrafts approaching them. Drax the Destroyer revealed that Rocket stole some of the Anulax Batteries, and that was why the Sovereign were chasing and firing at them.

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The Guardians fly in a Quantum Asteroid Field

The Guardians then argued with Rocket about his actions as they tried to evade the attacks. To make it to the nearest Jump Point to escape, the Guardians then flew through a Quantum Asteroid Field, where Peter Quill and Rocket argued over who was the better pilot. However, this petty rivalry caused the Milano to take serious damage, disabling their weapons. Drax went to take care of the remaining Omnicraft from outside the ship, as the Guardians got closer to the jump point.

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The Guardians nearly killed by the Omnicrafts

However, after destroying the last drone and clearing the asteroid field, the Guardians found themselves surrounded by hundreds of Omnicrafts. The Milano proceeded to take even more damage by the Omnicrafts, and were going to be destroyed, when out of nowhere, all the Omnicrafts blew up. As they headed towards the jump point, Rocket noticed a mysterious figure on another spacecraft.[2]

Meeting Ego[]

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The Guardians argue over the recent battle

"After all these years, I've found you."
"And who the hell are you?"
"I figured my rugged good looks would make that obvious. My name is Ego, and I'm your dad, Peter."
Ego and Peter Quill[src]

The Guardians flew through the jump point, arriving at the planet Berhert, but due to the damage the Milano took, they crash-landed. The Guardians then argued over Rocket Raccoon's actions and fight with Peter Quill, which caused the Milano to now be destroyed.

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The Guardians meet Ego and Mantis

Rocket informed them of how they were saved by a man on a ship, when suddenly the very ship that saved them, landed on the planet, causing the Guardians to stop their fighting and be prepared for any unknown danger that could arise. When the two figures stepped out of the ship, one of them introduced themselves as Ego, and revealed himself to be Quill's father, much to their surprise.

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The Guardians are invited to Ego's planet

Ego informed Quill of how he hired Yondu Udonta to deliver him from Earth, which Quill filled in that Udonta kept him to help with his thieving. Ego told him that he had been searching for him ever since, and was able to find them due to the reputation of "Star-Lord. Ego then invited the Guardians to accompany him to his planet, where he could explain Quill's heritage to him. Quill discussed Ego with Gamora, not believing he was telling the truth, but she convinced him to give him a chance.[2]

Separated[]

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The Guardians separate to accompany Ego

"Hey, it'll be just a couple of days. We'll be back before Rocket's finished fixing the ship."
Gamora to Groot[src]

The next day, Peter Quill, Gamora and Drax decided to go with Ego while Rocket Raccoon and Groot stayed on Berhert to fix the Milano and watch Nebula. The departing Guardians said their goodbyes and boarded Ego's Ship to visit his planet.

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The Guardians learn of Ego's origins

During the flight to Ego's Planet, the Guardians got to know Mantis, learning about her powers, which she used on the Guardians, reading their emotions. When they arrived at the planet, Ego explained to them that he was a Celestial and also the planet, in which he created. Ego then spent time with Quill, telling him of his origins and abilities, which Quill also possessed, while Drax bonded with Mantis.

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Rocket Raccoon is captured by the Ravagers

Meanwhile, Udonta and his Ravager clan arrived at Berhert to capture the Guardians and to hand them over the Sovereign. However, Rocket had prepared for any threats that may come after them and ambushed the Ravagers with multiple traps. However, Rocket soon found himself surrounded by the Ravagers, defeated. When Groot freed Nebula, she helped the Ravagers capture the two Guardians, along with Udonta, who they turned against.

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The Guardians help Yondu Udonta escape

Rocket and Groot were brought onto the Eclector, where the Ravagers planned on handing them over to Ayesha, as well as Udonta to the Kree. While Rocket and Udonta were locked up, they devised an escape plan, being assisted by Groot, as well as Kraglin Obfonteri, who decided to help them. As Rocket, Groot and Udonta made their escape, they decided to kill every Ravager that betrayed Udonta as well as destroy the Eclector, escaping in the Quadrant, where they headed for Ego's Planet.

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The Guardians rescue Peter Quill from Ego

Back on Ego's Planet, Nebula arrived to kill Gamora, but they resolved their issues and discovered thousands of skeletons in a cave. Mantis revealed to the Guardians that the skeletons were Ego's children, causing them to plan to escape from the planet. Meanwhile, Ego revealed to Quill his true purpose was to be the universe, but Quill turned against him when he revealed he killed Meredith Quill. The Guardians were reunited with Rocket, Groot and Udonta as they saved Quill from Ego, who was executing his plan.[2]

Battle on Ego's Planet[]

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The Guardians decide they have to kill Ego

"So, we're saving the galaxy again?"
"I guess."
"Awesome! We're really gonna be able to jack up our prices if we're two-time galaxy savers."
Rocket Raccoon and Star-Lord[src]

The reunited Guardians all boarded the Laser Drill, where Peter Quill informed them that to kill Ego, they had to go to his core and destroy it. They then flew below the planet's surface, where Rocket Raccoon noted that they could raise their prices if they've saved the galaxy twice.

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The Guardians fly to Ego's core to destroy it

When the Guardians reached the core, they began to drill into it, but were interrupted when the Sovereign fleet arrived, attacking them. Trying to evade the Sovereign's barrage, Gamora, Drax and Mantis fell out of the ship, landing on the ground. Due to the lasers being disabled, Rocket crafted a bomb out of the Anulax Batteries, and he, Quill and Groot headed towards the core to destroy it.

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Mantis uses her abilities to put Ego to sleep

Back on the ground, to help keep Ego at bay, Drax motivated Mantis to use her abilities to put the Celestial to sleep. Mantis was able to hold Ego back, but it would not be permanent due to his strength. Meanwhile, Rocket was attempting to instruct Groot how to correctly plant the bomb, with much frustration. To help Rocket, Quill asked each Guardian if they had tape, but Groot had run away with the bomb.

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The Guardians regroup on Ego's planet

Yondu Udonta and Nebula were able to destroy all Omnicrafts, but it resulted in their ship to be destroyed as well. With all the Guardians on the ground, absent of Groot, they then made a plan to escape off the planet before it would be blown up by the bomb. After Drax took an unconscious Mantis to the surface, Gamora and Nebula were separated from Quill, Rocket and Udonta, who battled the awakened Ego.

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Star-Lord and Ego use their powers to fight

The Guardians all then attempted to make their way to the surface, where Kraglin Obfonteri was waiting for them in the Quadrant. However, all the Guardians were incapacitated by Ego, allowing him to continue using Quill to achieve his goal. But, Quill was able to break free from Ego, freeing the other Guardians, and proceeded to fight him with his Celestial powers. While Quill kept Ego distracted, Groot successfully activated the bomb and regrouped with Rocket, as the other Guardians boarded the Quadrant to escape.

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Yondu Udonta sacrifices himself for Star-Lord

When Rocket and Groot returned to the Quadrant, the other Guardians discovered that Quill was still on the planet, but Rocket stopped Gamora from saving him, having already left Udonta down there. When the bomb exploded, Ego was killed, causing the planet to disintegrate. Quill was saved by Udonta, who sacrificed himself, giving his son the last Space Suit.[2]

Yondu Udonta's Funeral[]

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The Guardians at Yondu Udonta's funeral

"What I'm trying to say here is... Sometimes that thing you're searching for your whole life... It's right there by your side all along."
Peter Quill[src]

The Guardians retrieved Peter Quill with Yondu Udonta's lifeless body from space and brought them on board. The Guardians then held a funeral for Udonta where Quill gave a eulogy. After the funeral, Nebula departed from the Guardians.

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The Guardians watch the Ravager funeral

When they cremated the body, the Guardians witnessed the Ravagers arrive to give Udonta a Ravager Funeral. As the Guardians watched, they each had deep conversations: Rocket Raccoon reflecting upon himself, Gamora accepting her feelings for Peter Quill, and Drax admitting to Mantis' beauty. After the recent battle, Mantis permanently joined the Guardians, while Kraglin Obfonteri stayed onboard temporarily.[2] The Guardians would operate out of the Quadrant until they acquired the Benatar, leaving the destroyed Milano on Berhert.[3]

Infinity War[]

Meeting Thor[]

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The Guardians head to a distress call

"I got it figured out. We got two ships and a large assortment of morons. So me and Groot will go with the pirate angel here. And the morons will go to Knowhere to try and stop Thanos."
Rocket Raccoon[src]

Four years later, the Guardians responded to an Asgardian distress call, although the team's intentions for doing so were mixed. As they traveled to the location of the distress call, they listened to "The Rubberband Man" and discussed why the reason was they were helping.

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The Guardians rescue Thor from space

When they arrived, they were greeted by the shocking aftermath of a massacre that had occurred. After discovering Thor to still be alive, the Guardians brought him on board, discussing him amongst themselves. When Mantis woke up Thor, he explained to the Guardians that Thanos had destroyed his ship and killed his people. Gamora then told them about Thanos' mission to bring balance to the universe.

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The Guardians discuss Thanos' plan with Thor

When Thor attempted to take their space pod, he informed the Guardians that Thanos was heading to Knowhere to collect the Reality Stone, as he already obtained the Power and Space Stone. Thor stated that he was going to go to Nidavellir to create a weapon to kill Thanos. The Guardians decided to split up, with Rocket Raccoon and Groot joining Thor as Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, and Mantis went to Knowhere to stop Thanos from retrieving the Reality Stone.[3]

Ambush in Knowhere[]

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The Guardians arrive on Knowhere

"Drax. Listen to me. He doesn't have the stone yet. If we get it, then we can stop him. We have to get the stone first."
Star-Lord to Drax the Destroyer[src]

When the Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax and Mantis arrived on Knowhere, and entered the Collector's Museum, they found Thanos interrogating the Collector, asking the whereabouts of the Reality Stone. Angered over the deaths of his wife and daughter, Drax went to attack, but was put to sleep by Mantis.

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The Guardians attempt to stop Thanos

However, the sound alerted Thanos of their presence, so the Guardians hid as Star-Lord created a plan of attack. Gamora decided to act and ambushed her father, managing to kill him, much to the other Guardians' surprise. However, Thanos revealed that it was all just an illusion, having already obtained the Reality Stone, and decided to trick the Guardians. Thanos then captured Gamora and incapacitated Drax and Mantis with the Reality Stone.

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Star-Lord is prevented from killing Gamora

Star-Lord then threatened Thanos to release Gamora, but she reminded him of the promise to kill her if Thanos was able to capture her. Although reluctant to do so, Star-Lord shot at Gamora, but Thanos turned the blaster into bubbles. Having obtained the Reality Stone and Gamora, Thanos teleported away, leaving the Guardians defeated.[3] While they sat in the Benatar, the Guardians received several messages from Nebula informing them to go to Titan, where Thanos would be going with Gamora.[4]

Forging Stormbreaker[]

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Rocket Raccoon and Groot accompany Thor

"This is the plan? We're gonna hit him with a brick?"
"It's a mold. A king's weapon. Meant to be the greatest in Asgard. In theory, it could even summon the Bifrost."
"Did it have a name?"
"Stormbreaker"
Rocket Raccoon, Eitri and Thor[src]

Meanwhile, Rocket Raccoon flew Groot and Thor to Nidavellir, as the Asgardian explained its history. After having a deep conversation with Thor and providing him with a prosthetic eye, the three arrived at Nidavellir. However, upon their arrival, they discovered that the star forge had gone out.

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Rocket Raccoon and Groot meet Eitri

As the three explored the place, they were suddenly attacked by Eitri until he recognized Thor. Eitri then explained how Thanos killed all the Dwarves and cut off his hands after forcing him to forge the Infinity Gauntlet. Thor was able to convince Eitri to help them forge the weapon, which was revealed to be Asgard's greatest weapon. However, to do so, they were required to restart the forge.

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Rocket Raccoon and Groot help forge the axe

Rocket piloted the space pod and flew Thor out to the mechanism, where they were able to reignite the star. After Thor held open the iris doors, in which he was nearly killed by the power, they were able to forge Stormbreaker. Unfortunately, the handle was misplaced, so Groot used his arm as a customized handle. With Stormbreaker completed, Thor was revived and they proceeded to go fight Thanos.[3]

Battle of Titan[]

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The Guardians meet and fight the Avengers

"See, not winging it isn't really what they do."
"Uh, what exactly is it they do?"
"Kick names, take ass."
"Yeah, that's right."
Star-Lord, Spider-Man, Mantis and Drax[src]

Star-Lord, Drax and Mantis arrived on Titan to rescue Gamora from Thanos, where they infiltrated the Q-Ship that had just landed. Believing Iron Man, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man to be working with Thanos, they ambushed them, resulted in a heated fight. Star-Lord demanded to know where Gamora was, but they discovered that the other party was also enemies of Thanos and they decided to work together.

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The Avengers and the Guardians on Titan

Exiting the ship, Iron Man began to create a plan but became annoyed by the unprofessional attitudes of the Guardians. As the two leaders bickered, Mantis alerted them of Doctor Strange, who was using the Time Stone, which he revealed that he looked into fourteen million, six hundred and five possible timelines, only seeing one in which they win. After they formulated a plan, they all got into position and waited for Thanos to ambush him.

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Thanos is restrained by a combined effort

When Thanos arrived, after talking to Doctor Strange, the Guardians and the Avengers attacked the Mad Titan. An intense battle then proceeded, where Thanos proved himself too strong for the heroes, as he easily overwhelmed them with the Infinity Stones he had already obtained. Nebula soon joined the battle, and with their combined efforts, they were able to restrain Thanos, trying to steal the Infinity Gauntlet.

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Spider-Man saves the unconscious Guardians

Although seeming victorious, with the gauntlet almost removed, Mantis' hold on Thanos was disrupted when Star-Lord learned that he had killed Gamora, attacking the Mad Titan. Now free, Thanos fought back, throwing Mantis and using the Soul Stone to remove the other Guardians' souls from their bodies. Thanos then threw a moon at the heroes, so Spider-Man saved the unconscious Guardians as they fell.[3]

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Mantis restores the Guardians' souls

When Mantis and Spider-Man got to safety, Doctor Strange informed them of the other Guardians' status, telling Mantis that she needs to save them. As the fight with Thanos continued, Mantis was able to restore the Drax, Star-Lord and Nebula's souls to their bodies.[5] When the Guardians attempted to rejoin the battle, Thanos had received what he came for and teleported to Earth to obtain the Mind Stone. The Guardians and the Avengers were then left on Titan, defeated.[3]

Battle of Wakanda[]

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Rocket Raccoon and Groot arrive in Wakanda

"By the way, this is a friend of mine, Tree.
"I am Groot!"
"I am Steve Rogers."
Thor, Groot and Captain America[src]

Rocket Raccoon and Groot were transported by Thor, by use of the Bifrost Bridge, to Earth in Wakanda, joining the ongoing battle. Rocket and Groot helped fight off hordes of Outriders. However, when Thanos arrived seeking the Mind Stone, he effortlessly defeated Groot.[3]

Snap[]

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The Guardians are killed from the Snap

"I lost the only family I ever had. Quill, Groot, Drax, the chick with the antenna... all gone."
―Rocket Raccoon to Thor[src]

Thanos completed the Infinity Gauntlet and snapped his fingers, initiating his genocide. As a result of the Snap, Mantis, Drax, and Peter Quill disintegrated on Titan, while Groot disintegrated on Earth, leaving Rocket Raccoon and Nebula as the only Guardians to survive.[3]

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Rocket Raccoon and Nebula mourn together

Following this, Rocket remained with the Avengers at the Avengers Compound and three weeks later, reunited with Nebula. They both mourned together over the loss of the other Guardians. When the two located Thanos, they, along with the Avengers and Carol Danvers, decided to ambush Thanos, using the Benatar to travel to the Garden. However, when they confronted Thanos, they discovered that he had destroyed the Infinity Stones, forcing them to accept the devastating loss. With everyone they loved gone, Rocket and Nebula joined the Avengers, led by Natasha Romanoff, while still operating in space.[6]

Battle of Earth[]

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The Guardians arrive on Earth to join the fight

"This is the one? Seriously?"
"Your choices were him or a tree."
Gamora and Nebula[src]

Five years later, as a result of the Blip, Peter Quill, Mantis, and Drax were restored to life on Titan and were transported by Doctor Strange via Inter-Dimensional Portal to Earth to the ruins of the Avengers Compound to join the battle against an alternate Thanos and his army. Groot was restored to life in Wakanda and was transported by other Masters of the Mystic Arts via portal as well.

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The Guardians charge against Thanos' army

During the battle, Quill encountered an alternate version of Gamora. Confused by her presence, Quill went to reunite with her, only to be kicked to the ground by her, having never met him before. Nebula joined them, informing her alternate sister that Quill was with who she had a romantic relationship. Later, alternate Thanos and his army were eventually defeated when Iron Man used the Infinity Stones to snap them out of existence, sacrificing his own life.[6] To honor the fallen hero, the Guardians joined everyone else in kneeling before him.[7]

Reassembled[]

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The Guardians attend Tony Stark's funeral

"The Asgardians of the Galaxy back together again. Where to first?"
Thor[src]

Afterwards, the Guardians reunited with each other, with Rocket Raccoon and Nebula rejoining the team. A week later, they attended Tony Stark's funeral at Stark's home in rural New York. Afterwards, the Guardians decided to return to space and let Thor join them.

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Thor joins the Guardians of the Galaxy

The Guardians flew to New Asgard, Norway, and began their search for the Gamora variant while waiting to pick up Thor. When Thor boarded the Benatar, he dubbed them the "Asgardians of the Galaxy" and asked about their next destination. Peter Quill and Thor then began to argue about who was the leader, with Thor subtly challenging Quill's role. The other Guardians suggested that they fight for the role, but they both shut the idea down, leaving the role of leader unclear.[6]

Answering the Galaxy's Calls[]

Classic Adventures[]

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The Guardians resume helping the universe

"He teamed up with the Guardians of the Galaxy and set off on some classic Thor adventures."
Korg[src]

For months, the Guardians along with newest member Thor would go on to respond to numerous distress calls across the universe. During this time, Kraglin Obfonteri would officially join the Guardians while Thor would get back into shape. However, Thor still found himself discontent with where he was in life and decided to accept that he was only good for a fight, and waited for the Guardians to request his help win a battle. The Guardians were also joined by Korg on their adventures.[8]

Battle of Indigarr[]

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The Guardians go to request for Thor's help

"Tell of the time that Thor and his ragtag motley crew of misfit desperados turned the tide in the battle and etched their names in history."
Thor[src]

When Indigarr fell under attack from invaders, King Yakan requested the assistance of the Guardians. Under Thor's recommendation, saying that it would be like a relaxing holiday, the Guardians arrived on the planet and joined in the battle while Thor waited on a mountain and meditated.

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The Guardians fight in the Battle of Indigarr

Once the Guardians became overwhelmed, Star-Lord and Mantis went to ask Thor to help them win. Thor flew to the battlefield and asked how the Guardians were doing, with Drax the Destroyer reporting that they were all going to die. and Rocket Raccoon getting angry that it was not the holiday experience that Thor had promised them. King Yakan spoke with Thor, revealing that their gods were killed. After giving a speech, Thor single-handedly defeated the invaders, destroying the sacred temple in the process as the Guardians watched on.[8]

Thor's Departure[]

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The Guardians are gifted with two goats

"I'll find Sif, you answer the other calls."
Thor to Star-Lord[src]

In return for their services, King Yakan provided the Guardians with two goats, Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder, which was received with split feelings from the team, with Thor, Drax the Destroyer and Korg loving the goats and Peter Quill, Rocket Raccoon, Mantis and Nebula wanting to get rid of them.

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The Guardians see all of the distress calls

Suddenly, they were alerted by a massive number of distress calls, all with the people revealing that their gods were slaughtered by someone known as the "God Butcher." Thor noticed one of the messages for help was from Sif, an Asgardian friend of his, so he decided that they must immediately hurry to go help her. However, Quill suggested that the Guardians all split up so that they could better deal with all of the distress calls.

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Thor decides to leave the Guardians

Noticing that Thor was clearly bothered, Quill went to speak with him outside while the rest of the Guardians got the Benatar prepared. Thor expressed his admiration for the commitment the Guardians all had for each other, thinking he would never have that. Understanding that Thor was struggling with who he was, Quill told him that he needed to find meaning in love. Thor then declared his departure from the Guardians, and the team went off to save those that were in need of their help.[8]

Operating from Knowhere[]

Buying Knowhere[]

"This place needs a lot of fixing up before it's liveable."
Nebula[src]

In 2025, the Guardians went to Knowhere and bought it from the Collector to use as their headquarters. They decided to rebuild it so that it was liveable again after the attack it had faced. They also acquired a new ship as their main source of transportation, and took in Cosmo, who became a new member of the team.[9]

Celebrating Christmas[]

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The Guardians discuss Christmastime

"Merry Christmas, Peter. From me and Drax and, you know, all of us, really."
―Mantis to Peter Quill[src]

As Christmas got closer, Kraglin Obfonteri told the Guardians about how Yondu Udonta ruined Peter Quill's Christmas spirit. After hearing this story, Mantis decided to do something to cheer up Quill, as he was still sad over Gamora's death. So she and Drax went to Earth and took Kevin Bacon as a present, while the rest of the Guardians continued fixing Knowhere.

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The Guardians listening to Kevin Bacon sing

Mantis and Drax returned with Bacon, and they employed the help of the other Guardians to decorate Knowhere with Christmas decorations. Quill saw what the Guardians did for him and was overwhelmed with happiness, but it was soon killed when he discovered that they kidnapped Bacon. After Bacon decided to stay on Knowhere longer, he sang for the Guardians as they gave each other presents. They then said goodbye to Bacon, who was flown back to Earth, and Mantis revealed to Quill that she was his sister.[9]

A Fully Established Headquarters[]

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The Guardian's headquarters is completed

"I guess it's back to one of us touching him the other way. Maybe we should draw straws."
"No one ever meant that, Drax."
Drax the Destroyer and Nebula[src]

Over the next few months, the Guardians had succeeded in the rebuilding of Knowhere, fully developing it into their own personal headquarters, as well as a habitable home for many. Still hurting from the loss of Gamora, Peter Quill fell into a state of depression, often resorting to drinking until he passed out, which forced Nebula to take charge of Knowhere.

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The Guardians take Peter Quill to his room

While the Guardians worked on the final touches to their headquarters, including Nebula and Groot putting up a "Guardians of the Galaxy" sign outside, Quill was drinking in the bar, where he passed out drunk and was found by Rocket Raccoon. Nebula picked him up and the other Guardians gathered as he was carried to his room, concerned about their friend's wellbeing. They later discussed it amongst themselves, suggesting ways to help, such as Mantis using her powers to make Quill happy, but she did not think it was right to manipulate his emotions.[10]

Saving Rocket Raccoon[]

Attacked by Adam Warlock[]

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Rocket Raccoon is injured by Adam Warlock

"OrgoCorp have to have records, right? Maybe they'll have a way for us to override the kill switch and save Rocket."
Peter Quill to Nebula[src]

That night, Rocket Raccoon was attacked by Adam Warlock, but he managed to get away. The Guardians each took turns fighting Warlock, but were all greatly overpowered by him. Warlock found Rocket and shot him in the chest, critically injuring him, so Peter Quill and Mantis put a med pack on him but it malfunctioned. Nebula managed to stab Warlock, forcing him to retreat, and she told the Guardians to take Rocket to the medbay on the Bowie.

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The Guardians discover Rocket's kill switch

On board, they discovered that Rocket had a kill switch attached to his heart, which had been triggered by the med pack and would kill him in two days. Learning that Rocket could only be saved by accessing the override, which was in the possession of OrgoCorp, the Guardians headed there straight away, leaving Kraglin Obfonteri and Cosmo in charge of Knowhere. They soon arrived at the Orgoscope and bypassed the security shields to meet up with Nebula's contact.[10]

Reunited with Gamora[]

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The Guardians are helped by the Ravagers

"Gamora, we're grateful for your help."
"Oh, I'm not doing this out of the kindness of my heart. I'm doing this for the 100,000 units my sister promised."
"So you're a Ravager now?"
Mantis, Gamora and Peter Quill[src]

The Bowie was stopped and surrounded by the United Ravagers, who entered the Guardians' ship, demanding them to hand over their valuables. However, Nebula revealed that she had an appointment with Gamora, who the other Guardians who surprised had joined the Ravagers.

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The Guardians teaming up with Gamora

With the confusion sorted out, Stakar Ogord had the Guardians supplied with OrgoCorp uniform's to wear while he explained how they would be infiltrating the Orgoscope, along with Gamora. The Guardians and Gamora put on the uniforms, as well as spacesuits, and descended to the surface of the Orgoscope, landing at the decompression chamber. As Nebula worked on getting them inside, Peter Quill took a moment to talk to Gamora, asking if she remembered anything about her time with the Guardians, which she did not. As Quill appealed to her, the other Guardians revealed they were listening the whole time and found it awkward.[10]

Infiltration into the Orgoscope[]

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The Guardians are found by Master Karja

"Nebula, Quinn and I will get to the records and get the passkey. Bug and Doofus, access the spaceport through the elevators so Tree can land and get us out of here."
Gamora to the Guardians[src]

The Guardians managed to make their way inside the Orgoscope, and once inside they quickly removed their spacesuits and hid them away. They were confronted by the Orgosentries, led by Master Karja, but the Guardians managed to bluff their way out of the situation, pretending to be mechanics.

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The Guardians infiltrating the Orgoscope

Gamora laid out the plan, splitting the Guardians up into two teams, with herself, Peter Quill and Nebula finding the records and retrieving the passkey, while Mantis and Drax the Destroyer went to find a way for Groot to land the Bowie in the facility so they could escape, having lost their spacesuits. As Mantis and Drax made their way to the spaceport, Quill, Nebula and Gamora forced Ura to take them to where the records were stored, with Quill and Gamora arguing about each other's methods.

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The Guardians escape from the Orgoscope

Once the file was successfully retrieved, the alarms went off, as the Guardians' presence had been noticed by Administrator Kwol. The two groups found themselves immediately surrounded, so Mantis and Drax fought off the Orgosentries, while Gamora threatened to kill Ura, allowing them to make it to the elevator and contact Groot. Quill, Nebula and Gamora regrouped with Mantis and Drax, and Quill managed to hack into the Orgosentries' suits, causing them to float around the facility. Groot crashed the Bowie into the facility, and the Guardians escaped on board.[10]

Arriving at Counter-Earth[]

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The Guardians set course for Counter-Earth

"It's almost certainly a trap."
"A trap isn't a trap if you know that the trap is trying to trap you. It's a face off."
Gamora and Peter Quill[src]

The Guardians accessed Rocket Raccoon's file, and they witnessed in horror the experiments he endured by the High Evolutionary. They discovered that the passkey had been deleted from the file and downloaded by Theel, a recorder for the High Evolutionary. They located the High Evolutionary's coordinates, and the Guardians set course, much to Gamora's frustration.

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The Guardians arrive on Counter-Earth

As Rocket was nearing death, the Guardians arrived at Counter-Earth and landed in what resembled a suburban neighborhood from Earth. The Guardians exited the Bowie and greeted the Humanimals, but were immediately attacked, so Groot scared them away. One of the Humanimals invited the Guardians into her home, and they told her about their mission to save Rocket. The Guardians were able to figure out that Theel was located at Arête Laboratories. Peter Quill, Nebula and Groot headed there, while Drax the Destroyer and Mantis stayed to watch Rocket.[10]

Battle of Counter-Earth[]

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Star-Lord faces off with High Evolutionary

"It was so obviously a trap."
"It's not a trap... It's a face off."
Nebula and Star-Lord[src]

Peter Quill, Nebula and Groot arrived at Arête Laboratories, and upon walking up to two guards, Nebula was forced to stay outside, due to her arm being a weapon, while the others went inside. Unbeknownst to the guards, Groot had concealed several guns inside his body. Quill and Groot were brought to the High Evolutionary, who explained his mission to them.

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Gamora protecting Rocket Raccoon

Drax the Destroyer grew tired of waiting around, so he tricked Mantis into going with him to Arête Laboratories to help the rest of the Guardians, leaving Gamora in the Bowie with Rocket Raccoon. Gamora caught War Pig in the ship in the process of kidnapping Rocket, and the two fought. Gamora did her best to stop War Pig, but she was overpowered. However, War Pig was stopped from escaping with Rocket and killed when Adam Warlock arrived, which allowed Gamora to grab Rocket and run away.

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The Guardians see Arête Laboratories rise

Arête Laboratories began to rise out of the ground, as the High Evolutionary had decided to leave Counter-Earth and bomb it. Gamora got back into the Bowie and took off with Rocket, and was joined by Blurp, the pet of Adam, who was also on the ship and had fell unconscious. Drax and Mantis arrived at Nebula's location and they all rushed to get inside the ascending ship before it left Counter-Earth. The three managed to climb onto the outside, and eventually got inside after nearly dying in space.

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Star-Lord and Groot shoot all the enemies

After being dismissed by the High Evolutionary, Groot threw a grenade he had hidden, allowing him to pull out the guns, which he and Star-Lord used to shoot all of the enemies, except for Theel. Star-Lord tackled Theel and they both plummeted towards the surface of Counter-Earth, followed by Groot, who was able to save them both being gliding with wings. Theel was killed upon impact, so Star-Lord began extracting the passkey from his head. Due to Gamora struggling to pilot the Bowie, she was about to crash into them, but they were able to get the passkey and get to safety.[10]

Stopping the High Evolutionary[]

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Peter Quill and Groot hug Rocket Raccoon

"You killed all those people."
"As I will your friends. I'm sending you the coordinates. They will die unless you bring me what is mine!"
Peter Quill and High Evolutionary[src]

After successfully flying the Bowie out to space, Peter Quill, Gamora and Groot rushed to Rocket Raccoon and began uploading the passkey to remove the kill switch. However, it didn't initially work, and Rocket flatlined, but Quill was able to revive him, and they hugged.

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The Guardians threaten High Evolutionary

Inside the Arête Laboratories, Nebula, Mantis and Drax the Destroyer found a cages filled with children. Nebula got angry with Drax for acting without thinking, so Mantis stood up for him, and the two Guardians argued. Nebula contacted Quill to inform him they were there to rescue him, but he revealed they were back on the Bowie and that Rocket was alive and well. They were interrupted when the High Evolutionary arrived and knocked out Nebula, Mantis and Drax, and he demanded Quill to hand over Rocket, or they would be killed.

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The Guardians talking to the Star Children

To save Nebula, Mantis and Drax, Quill contacted Kraglin Obfonteri and instructed him with bringing Knowhere to the coordinates of Arête Laboratories to back them up in the fight against the High Evolutionary. Nebula, Mantis and Drax were thrown in a cell, and when they were joined by the children, Nebula and Mantis tried to warn them about the upcoming fight, but they ended up arguing with each other. Drax was able to get through to the children, telling them to stay clear of the starboard wall.[10]

Attack on Arête Laboratories[]

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The Guardians head for Arête Laboratories

"This could be futile, Quill. He's too powerful."
"Well, then I guess we'll die trying."
"What is dying trying gonna accomplish?"
Rocket Raccoon and Star-Lord[src]

Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Gamora geared up and headed to the coordinates the High Evolutionary gave them. After coming out of the Jump Point in the Bowie, the Guardians split off into three ships and made their approach towards Arête Laboratories.

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Obfonteri and Cosmo protecting Knowhere

Soon after, Knowhere arrived, being controlled by Kraglin Obfonteri, who successfully used its weaponry to blow open the starboard side so the Guardians could get in. As Rocket and Groot made their way to the opening, they were swarmed by Hell Spawn. Having broken out of his restraints, Adam Warlock, carrying Blurp, went after Star-Lord and Gamora's ship, crashing straight into it. On Knowhere, the Hell Spawn managed to get inside, so Obfonteri used the Yaka Arrow to them all, while Cosmo killed Behemoth, saving the citzens.

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The Guardians going to rescue the children

In Arête Laboratories, Nebula, Mantis and Drax were lowered from their cell and surrounded by three Abilisks. However, Mantis was able to calm the beasts down, which allowed the Guardians to ride on them. Star-Lord and Gamora's ship crashed into Arête Laboratories, followed by Rocket and Groot, and they went to rescue Nebula, Mantis and Drax. However, this was no longer necessary, as the Guardians were all reunited when Nebula, Mantis and Drax reached the starboard, riding on the Abilisks. Instead of leaving, the Guardians decided to rescue the children and creatures.

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The Guardians fight alongside each other

The Guardians approached a door, which Drax opened, and on the other side was a hallway filled with multiple OrgoCorp warriors. Working as a team, the Guardians managed to swiftly clear the entire hallway of enemies, each using their own unique abilities to do so. The Guardians continued to make their way through the ship, discussing the plan as they went, with Star-Lord suggesting connecting Knowhere to the opening so they could escape. Rocket and Nebula went to pilot the ship, as Star-Lord, Drax, Mantis, Groot and Gamora went to save the children on board.

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The Guardians save all of the Star Children

Rocket and Nebula reached the control center, but found it destroyed. Nebula told Rocket she would deal with it, so he went back to help the other Guardians with the evacuation. Using her cybernetic arm, Nebula was able to pilot Arête Laboratories and lined it up with Knowhere, which was being piloted by Obfonteri, and Cosmo used her telekinesis to secure the two together. Once safe to do so, the children the Guardians rescued jumped onto Knowhere. Groot carried Adam to Knowhere, despite his attempts to kill them, stating that everyone deserves a second chance.

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The Guardians defeat the High Evolutionary

All of the children made it safely to Knowhere, but Star-Lord noticed that Rocket was not with them, as he had found cages filled with animals and went to help them. However, Rocket was found and attacked by the High Evolutionary. Rocket was able to get free of the High Evolutionary's powers and shot him. The rest of the Guardians arrived, and each of them landed a hit on the High Evolutionary, ending with Gamora stabbing him and peeling his face off. Rocket chose not to kill the High Evolutionary, claiming it was because he was a Guardian.

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The Guardians hugging after the fight

With Arête Laboratories about to explode, the Guardians went to leave, but Rocket told them that they had to save all of the animals. The Guardians freed all of the animals and directed them towards Knowhere. At this moment, Cosmo started to lose her hold on the two ships, causing them to disconnect. The Guardians ran to make it off Arête Laboratories before it was destroyed, but Star-Lord dropped his Zune and went back for it, resulting in him being stuck in space, where the Guardians watched helplessly as he died. Fortunately, Adam saved him and brought him on board Knowhere, and they all hugged.[10]

Rocket Raccoon's Leadership[]

Parting Ways[]

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Peter Quill tells the Guardians he is leaving

"So, that's it? The group's over?"
"No. The galaxy still needs its guardians. And you will make a better leader than I ever was... Captain."
Rocket Raccoon and Peter Quill[src]

After Gamora went back with the Ravagers, Peter Quill summoned the Guardians, as he wanted to reveal to them that he was going to be leaving the team, having made the decision to return to Earth, no longer wanting to run from his trauma and see his grandfather.

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The Guardians all go their separate ways

Mantis then revealed that she was also leaving, stating that her whole life she had just been doing what others had wanted and that she now wanted go on her own to figure out what she wants. Drax the Destroyer told Mantis that he would come with her, but she declined his gesture. Nebula told Drax that she needed him staying on Knowhere to help her care for all of the children. Rocket Raccoon asked if Nebula would lead the Guardians, but she said she was also leaving to focus on leading Knowhere. Rocket was upset that the Guardians were ending, but Quill told Rocket that he would now be the leader, as the galaxy still needed the team, and they all saluted him.

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The Guardians dancing on Knowhere

Afterwards, Quill departed immediately and reunited with his grandfather on Earth. He gifted Rocket with his Zune, and he played it on the Knowhere speakers, and danced with Groot. Soon, everyone else was dancing, including Nebula, Kraglin Obfonteri and Cosmo. Mantis waved goodbye to Drax and went off with the Abilisks. Drax returned to everyone else and joined in on the dancing. With all of the Guardians' troubles over, they danced and shouted together in celebration.[10]

A New Era[]

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The new lineup of Guardians on Krylor

"Don't we feel a little sad for them?"
"Yeah, sure, but these townsfolk can't protect themselves."
"On your word, Kapitan."
"Word."
Phyla, Rocket Raccoon and Cosmo[src]

Following the fight with the High Evolutionary and the team splitting up, Rocket Raccoon led a new group of Guardians, which contained previous members Groot, Kraglin Obfonteri and Cosmo, as well as new additions Adam Warlock, his pet Blurp, and Phyla, one of the Star Children the Guardians rescued.

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The Guardians running into battle

Under Rocket's leadership, the Guardians would continue to help out those in need across the galaxy, all while growing close with each other as a family, particularly bonding over the music on the Zune. While on a mission on Krylor to save a town from a stampede of creatures, the team discussed their favourite music artists from the Zune. When the stampede arrived, the Guardians prepared for the upcoming fight, and on Rocket's signal, the Guardians charged into battle.[11]

Members[]

Current Members[]

Rocket Raccoon[]

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  • Name: 89P13
  • Species: Raccoon
  • Activity: August 2014 - 2018; 2023 - present
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: A genetically-altered raccoon with enhanced intelligence. However, years of repetitive genetic rewrite and abuse resulted in Rocket developing a cynical and vain personality, making him an ideal mercenary and teammate to the other Guardians. After the events of the war against Thanos, Rocket was one of the very few members who survived the Snap. He was the able to reunite with the remaining Guardians five years later, and soon after also survived the Battle of Earth.

Groot[]

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  • Name: Groot
  • Species: Flora colossus
  • Activity: August 2014 (original); August 2014 - 2018; 2023 - present (offspring)
  • Status: Deceased (original); Alive (offspring)
  • Description: A sentient tree-like individual and accomplice of Rocket Raccoon. Groot's physiology renders the limits of his speech to the phrase, "I am Groot.", and "We are Groot.", due to having a wooden larynx. Though Groot's vocabulary is only limited to five words, he usually tries to communicate with other meanings. The only way to understand Groot's speech is for someone to translate what he is trying to say, which Rocket and Quill are able to do as they have spent enough time with him. Groot sacrificed himself to save the rest of the team during the Battle of Xandar, and a new Groot was born from his remains. The new Groot was one of the many killed after being disintegrated when Thanos snapped his fingers, wiping out half of the universe. He was resurrected five years later along with most of his teammates, and soon after also survived the Battle of Earth.

Kraglin Obfonteri[]

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  • Name: Kraglin Obfonteri
  • Species: Xandarian
  • Activity: 2024 - present
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: The former first mate of Yondu Udonta's Ravager clan. Kraglin later helped both Udonta and Rocket Raccoon escape before assisting in the battle against Ego. Obfonteri helped the Avengers and the other guardians in the Battle of Earth. Afterwards, Kraglin left the Ravagers and became a full-fledged member of the Guardians and accompanied them on further adventures.

Cosmo[]

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  • Name: Cosmo the Spacedog
  • Species: Dog
  • Activity: 2025 - present
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: Cosmo is a telepathic and telekinetic Labrador-breed dog who was sent into space as part of a Soviet space program. She was found by the Collector, and kept as a specimen in his museum at the Knowhere mining colony until the Power Stone destroyed the museum, freeing Cosmo. Several years later, Cosmo would join the Guardians of the Galaxy and help the other members restore Knowhere.

Adam Warlock[]

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  • Name: Adam
  • Species: Sovereign
  • Activity: 2026 - present
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: Adam Warlock is a super Sovereign created by Ayesha to kill the Guardians of the Galaxy. He was prematurely awakened by the High Evolutionary, who tasked him with capturing Rocket Raccoon in Knowhere, only to be defeated by the Guardians. After meeting Blurp, Warlock joined his mother Ayesha on a trip to Counter-Earth to retrieve Rocket but the High Evolutionary destroyed the planet, killing his mother. Warlock eventually tried to attack the Arête Laboratories but failed yet again and was rescued by Groot, Warlock then joined a new lineup of the Guardians, led by Rocket Raccoon.

Phyla[]

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  • Name: Phyla
  • Species: Star Child
  • Activity: 2026 - present
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: Phyla is one of the Star Children, a race genetically engineered by the High Evolutionary. During their imprisonment, Phyla and the other children befriended Drax, who, along with the other Guardians of the Galaxy, saved all the captured sentient species and took them to Knowhere. To learn how to use her powers, Phyla joined a new lineup of the Guardians, led by Rocket Raccoon.

Blurp[]

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  • Name: Blurp
  • Species: F'saki
  • Activity: 2026 - present
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: Blurp is a furry F'saki and the former pet of Fitz-Gibbonok, a deceased Ravager, who was captured and killed by Adam Warlock at the Orgoscope. Blurp then befriended Adam Warlock, and accompanied him to Counter-Earth. However, after the destruction of Counter-Earth, Blurp was taken by Gamora and the other Guardians of the Galaxy in the Attack on Arête Laboratories, which resulted in the defeat of the High Evolutionary. Blurp then joined a new lineup of the Guardians, led by Rocket Raccoon alongside his owner Adam Warlock.

Former Members[]

Thor[]

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  • Name: Thor Odinson
  • Species: Asgardian
  • Activity: 2023 - 2025
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: The former king of New Asgard as well as a former and founding member of the Avengers. After the Battle of Earth and Tony Stark's funeral, Thor renounced his position of royalty to join adventures with the Guardians, passing on the responsibility of New Asgard to Valkyrie. After the Battle of Indigarr, Thor decided to leave the team so that he could go find Sif, while the Guardians answered the other calls.

Gamora[]

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  • Name: Gamora Zen Whoberi Ben Titan
  • Species: Zehoberei
  • Activity: 2026
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: In her reality, the Time Heist orchestrated by the Avengers who had come from a different timeline enabled Gamora to learn how the future could unfold, causing a major divergence. Later, Thanos successfully brought his armies through the Mutilverse from his reality to the Avengers' prime timeline. Gamora then turned against him, helping the Avengers and their allies to defeat him. After watching Thanos and his army turn to dust, Gamora, now stranded in a different universe than her own, left Earth and joined the Ravagers. In 2026, Gamora helped the Guardians of the Galaxy infiltrate Orgoscope, but she joined the team temporarily to save Nebula after she was captured by the High Evolutionary. Later, after fighting the High Evolutionary and saving Rocket Raccoon, Gamora left the team and returned to the Ravagers.

Star-Lord[]

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  • Name: Peter Jason Quill
  • Species: Human/Celestial Hybrid
  • Activity: August 2014 - 2018; 2023 - 2026
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: A human-Celestial hybrid who was kidnapped from Earth by the Yondu Ravager Clan at the age of eight. After living in space for nearly thirty years, Quill became wrapped up in an intergalactic conspiracy that caused him and his former inmates to form the Guardians of the Galaxy, with him becoming their leader. He is also the owner and one of the pilots of the Milano. Quill was one of the many killed after being disintegrated when Thanos snapped his fingers, wiping out half of the universe. He was resurrected five years later along with most of his teammates, and soon after also survived the Battle of Earth. In 2026, after saving Rocket Raccoon and fighting the High Evolutionary, Star-Lord decided to leave the team. After electing Rocket as the new leader, he returned to Earth.

Mantis[]

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  • Name: Mantis
  • Species: Celestial Hybrid
  • Activity: October 2014 - 2018; 2023 - 2026
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: A Celestial hybrid empathic woman raised by her father Ego and recruited as a member of the team. Since she was a child, Mantis helped ease Ego's neurotic behavior with her powers until the Guardians of the Galaxy came to his planet. After bonding with Drax, she came to care for the Guardians and allied with them to help to prevent Ego from conquering the Galaxy. With her servitude to Ego ended, she became a full-fledged member of the Guardians and accompanied them on further adventures. Mantis was one of the many killed after being disintegrated when Thanos snapped his fingers, wiping out half of the universe. She was resurrected five years later along with most of her teammates, and soon after also survived the Battle of Earth. In 2026, after saving Rocket Raccoon and fighting the High Evolutionary, Mantis decided to leave the team. After Rocket was elected as the new leader, she left Knowhere with the Abilisks to focus more on herself.

Drax the Destroyer[]

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  • Name: Drax
  • Species: Kylosian
  • Activity: August 2014 - 2018; 2023 - 2026
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: A Kylosian who has been driven only by a burning desire to obtain vengeance against Ronan the Accuser who killed his wife and daughter. Following Ronan's death, Drax realizes that Thanos is the true perpetrator of his family's demise and vows to kill the Titan when the time comes. Drax's quest for revenge resulted in him joining the Guardians. Drax was one of the many killed after being disintegrated when Thanos snapped his fingers, wiping out half of the universe. He was resurrected five years later along with most of his teammates, and soon after also survived the Battle of Earth. In 2026, after saving Rocket Raccoon and fighting the High Evolutionary, Drax decided to leave the team. After Rocket was elected as the new leader, Drax stayed in Knowhere and helped Nebula.

Nebula[]

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  • Name: Nebula
  • Species: Luphomoid
  • Activity: October 2014; 2018; 2023 - 2026
  • Status: Alive
  • Description: A Luphomoid assassin and an adopted daughter of Thanos. She is also the adopted sister of Gamora. She served under Ronan the Accuser's commands during his and Thanos' quest to retrieve the Orb. After briefly encountering and fighting her sister again, Nebula assisted her and the other Guardians in stopping Ego. She then left the team to go and find Thanos in order to kill him, and she nearly succeeded but ended up getting captured. During the war against Thanos, she was able to escape and rejoined the team on Titan, and was one of the few survivors after her father wiped out half of the universe. She reunited with the remaining guardians five years later after their resurrection, and soon after also survived the Battle of Earth. In 2026, after saving Rocket Raccoon and fighting the High Evolutionary, Nebula decided to leave the team. After Rocket was elected as the new leader, she became the leader and protector of Knowhere.

Deceased Members[]

Yondu Udonta[]

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  • Name: Yondu Udonta
  • Species: Centaurian
  • Activity: October 2014
  • Status: Deceased
  • Description: Leader of his own clan of the Ravagers and father figure to Peter Quill. When Quill betrayed the Ravagers and stole an Orb for himself, Udonta led the hunt for his former ally. Eventually, Udonta caught up with Quill but was convinced to help in winning the war against Ronan the Accuser, who was threatening to use the Orb's power to destroy the planet Xandar. Udonta eventually joined the Guardians after Taserface led a mutiny against him before he gave his life to save Quill during Ego's destruction.

Gamora[]

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  • Name: Gamora Zen Whoberi Ben Titan
  • Species: Zehoberei
  • Activity: August 2014 - 2018
  • Status: Deceased
  • Description: One of the last survivors of the Zehoberei race and an adopted daughter of Thanos. Renowned as the galaxy's deadliest assassin, Gamora had a falling out with her father that caused her to rebel against him, thereby making her an enemy of Thanos and his associates. Her fugitive status led to her becoming a member of the Guardians. Gamora was killed after being used as a sacrifice by Thanos to claim the Soul Stone.

Relationships[]

Allies[]

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Appearances[]

Appearances for Guardians of the Galaxy

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Trivia[]

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The insignia used by the Guardians of the Galaxy on their uniform during the Battle of Xandar. It is a version of the Ravager Flames used by the Ravagers.

  • In the comics, the Guardians of the Galaxy are a collective of interstellar heroes assembled by Star-Lord to prevent cosmic threats, and located on Knowhere. They took the name from another group of cosmic heroes, based in an alternate future on Earth-691.
  • Following the success of the first film, every media incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy has been specifically based on the MCU version of the team.
  • Thor, Cosmo, Adam Warlock and Phyla are the only members of the Guardians of the Galaxy who have no official criminal records whatsoever.

References[]

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