Top 10 Guardians of the Galaxy members still missing from the MCU
Audiences were invited back into the vast cosmos of the MCU in a delightfully poignant and festive atmosphere Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Specialpreparing viewers for his big return Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 next summer According to James Gunn, the third film will close out not only his, but also supposedly the team’s time in the MCU. While he’ll be moving on to exciting new endeavors heading to DC Studios, this has fans nervous about their favorite group of cosmic rogues.
The team has grown and evolved a lot over the decade since its debut Guardians of the Galaxy, introducing new members such as Mantis, Kraglin, and Cosmo the Spacedog. Looking ahead, both Adam Warlock and Nova will join the MCU soon, though perhaps not as members of the Guardians. Overall, while Gunn’s comments about the team’s impending end could mean that some of his long-gone companions from the comics will never appear in the MCU, others still have a way to enter. Either way, these are the most powerful and cool Guardians yet. waiting for his shot in the MCU.
In 2008, the modern Guardians of the Galaxy team reunited in the comics, but one founding member of the MCU is still missing. Phyla-Vell is a prominent cosmic hero, daughter of Mar-Vell, played by Annette Benning a Captain Marvel – and sister of Genis-Vell. He is a powerful team member capable of absorbing and expelling energy.
Phyla follows in the footsteps of her father and brother, becoming the fourth Captain Marvel, even before Carol Danvers assumed the title. He also briefly becomes Quasar using the Quantum Bands, but has since adopted a much sterner figure as Martyr, the avatar of the cosmic entity, Oblivion. Given her family relationship and history with the team, and specifically with Adam Warlock, Phyla could still be introduced to The wonders or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 featured some special guest appearances from the original Guardians of the Galaxy roster from the comics as Ravagers in honor of Yondu at his funeral. They consisted of Starhawk, Aleta Ogord, Charlie-27 and Martinex T’Naga, and were joined by Mainframe and Krugarr. Interestingly, like Phyla-Vell, a founding member of this team was absent: Vance Astro, aka Major Victory.
He’s an unexpectedly complex character: a powerful psychokinetic mutant astronaut lost in space for a millennium who has eventually become Captain America. Vance further complicates his life by traveling through time and interacting with his younger self, motivating him to stay on Earth, thus setting the stage for his development into the hero, Justice of the New Warriors. He’s not a major character, but he’d be a cool inclusion in the future, whether as Major Victory among the Guardians or Ravagers or Justice.
Unfortunately, a popular member of the modern Guardians of the Galaxy is someone fans shouldn’t expect to see in the MCU at all. Bug was first introduced as a member of the Micronauts, a team of heroes based on the toy line of the same name: their name at that stage was Galactic Warrior. While Marvel will continue to publish comics featuring Bug as a member of the Guardians, his movie rights still belong to Hasbro, so the MCU is not in his future.
Interestingly, the trailer of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania suggests that there could be a group of characters similar to the Micronauts in the Quantum Realm. Maybe some variation of Bug is involved in reverse. It’s a shame because Bug is a cool, team-friendly addition that could help meld several storylines together.
Major Victory is not the only character related to Captain America among the Guardians. There is also Jack Harrison aka Jack Flag. He was a would-be crime fighter, donning a patriotic face to honor his hero, Captain America, to take on the Serpent Society. Jack was exposed to some chemicals created by Mister Hyde, played by Kyle MacLachlan in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – and gained powers similar to those of Captain America.
He finds his way off Earth and joins the modern Guardians, helping them defeat Thanos, Blastaar and the Wizard. Since his story shouldn’t be limited to just the Guardians, Jack could still have a future in the MCU as Sam Wilson’s ally, joining the fight in Captain America: New World Order.
If by now there was one of the biggest Guardian fans had hoped to see in the MCU, it’s Moondragon. Heather Douglas has a tragic yet strange backstory, as her parents were killed by Thanos, and she was later brought to Titan by her father, Mentor. Interestingly, his father’s soul would find a new body, that of Drax the Destroyer, so they have a complex connection that could have been interesting to unpack in the MCU.
That doesn’t mean the bald, telepathic prodigy will never appear. It could just mean that his Drax-related origins won’t be incorporated. She would still be a logical inclusion Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as his story could develop beyond the team, encompassing his relationship with Phyla-Vell, tenure with both the Defenders and Avengers, and/or his ability to transform into an actual dragon . Also, frankly, Moondragon is a villain that many fans would quickly fall in love with.
It may come as a surprise to casual fans that Kitty Pryde from the X-Men was also a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, she joined the team to take care of her then-fiancé, Peter Quill, even going by his nickname Star-Lord for a while. All this happened before the second one Civil war run, but in the end Kitty has decided to stay on Earth as the new leader of the X-Men and break off her engagement to Peter.
More and more mutants will be appearing in the MCU, so the days until the appearance of Kitty Pryde must be numbered. She would be one of the best on the list of the first X-Men roster for many fans, but her story will probably never involve her joining the Guardians like in the comics.
Another Guardians member most associated with another team is Marvel Boy. In his case, it’s the Young Avengers. He’s one of the few remaining members of the teenage superhero team waiting to be introduced to the MCU, though like Hulkling, Marvel Boy’s time must come soon. It could certainly come into play as soon as The wondersbut it can only be saved for when it is real Young Avengers the project occurs, if it ever occurs.
She is currently on the Guardians roster, alongside her new boyfriend, Hercules, who was introduced to Thor: Love and Thunder, played by Brett Goldstein. It’s interesting to think if the MCU will develop this relationship, or rather focus on him and Kate Bishop, although it would be better to show him as a powerful bisexual hero in general.
Nicholette “Nikki” Gold is another member of the original team, a child genetically engineered to live on Mercury. She is best known for her flaming hair and acrobatic skills, and despite her presence in the team’s early comics, she hasn’t appeared much since the formation of the new team. Although from Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy brought her in as a major character, so there’s hope that she can get some attention in the MCU as well.
As Sylvester Stallone and Michael Rosenbaum will reprise their roles as Stakar Ogord, aka Starhawk and Martinex, respectively, in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, maybe Nikki could chip in in a small way. At the very least, it would be great to have some sort of reference to her along the way.
With Thor temporarily joining the Guardians afterwards Avengers: Endgamemany thought Thor: Love and Thunder could end up adapting the arc of the galaxy’s Asgardians in part. In the end, the Guardians were sent on their merry way fairly early in the film, but there might still be hope for an important missing Asgardian, Angela. She is Thor’s half-sister who joined the Guardians immediately after joining Marvel Comics.
Interestingly, Angela was originally created by Image Comics, but Neil Gaiman sold her to Marvel. Given Hela’s backstory Thor: Ragnarok of the missing sister, the introduction of Angela would lead to some redundant story elements. However, if there is a way for her to still appear in live action, they should pursue her. Like Valkyrie and Sif, Angela is a fierce and powerful warrior, and her story could go beyond Thor or the Guardians.
Just as the Avengers have had the Dark Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy have also faced the Dark Guardians. They were created by Starfox, introduced to eternal, played by Harry Styles, and were composed of Nebula, Cosmic Ghost Rider, Gladiator and Wraith. His goal was to stop Thanos from returning from beyond the grave, taking dark and drastic measures to do so. Of those expected to appear, Kallark aka Gladiator has the best prospects in the MCU.
He is a strontian and one of several Superman compositions from Marvel Comics. Importantly, he is connected to the Shi’ar Empire as the leader of their Imperial Guard, who in turn are crucially linked to the X-Men. Since the MCU will undoubtedly explore the cosmos even more after the conclusion of the Multiverse Saga and the X-Men will finally appear in the flesh, then Gladiator has great potential to appear.
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