Brian Micheal Bendis is a fantastic writer. He has gained popularity for his work on X-Men, Uncanny X-Men and of course Miles Morales. Now he is going to be the main writer for Marvels All New All Different Guardians of the Galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy has propelled to mainstream popularity since the movie came out. Ever since then the name of Guardians is a familiar one. Bendis has now taken the Guardians of the Galaxy in a new direction. We are familiar with Star Lord, Groot, Racoon, Gamora and Drax. Now it's different. We have a new team with household names included. Kitty Pryde and The Thing are in the Guardians now.
Kitty Pryde as Star Lord. (picture courtesy of Marvel.com)
Ben Grimm aka The Thing is part of the Guardians. (picture courtesy of Marvel. Com)
When asked about the direction of the Guardians of the Galaxy after Secret Wars Bendis stated:
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS: Before the movie came out, having read the scripts and having seen early cuts, I knew it was going to be a big winner. Not to the level that it was — you can never guess that — but I just knew it was going to be a unique experience. I got so hyper about the characters and about what their opportunities were during the making of the movie, and that’s why they offered me to take the book.
One of the things we’ve had a lot of luck with, that I enjoy, is for people who have seen the movie or the cartoon that the comic book surprises them. It’s not exactly like the movie. There are things that are similar and relationships that are similar, but there are also some differences. Our characters are so entrenched in what’s going on in the Marvel Universe that they have all kinds of cool relationships they might not get in the movies. Right now we have Star-Lord, Peter Quill, and when we last left him, his father, who was the emperor of Peter’s other home planet, ended up turning rather villainous. He was ousted as the head of his planet, and the governments of the planets came to Peter and offered him to take over as president of the planet. We didn’t see what decision he made, but there’s obviously a lot of pros and cons.
When we open up on our new storyline, we’ll see that he has been president of a planet for a while and in doing so, has abandoned the Guardians of the Galaxy. And what kind of pirate can be a president? Because basically, the Guardians are kind of like good-natured pirates. What’s that like? How much a fish out of the water is he? We also have Peter in a very passionate and evolved relationship with Kitty Pryde from the X-Men. Which a lot of people think was flat out me just putting Kitty Pryde in all of my books, but it wasn’t. It happened organically between me and some other writers but I’ll take the hit for it, it’s okay. [Laughs] So, we find out what happened in their relationship.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.
Picture courtesy of Marvel.com
Bendis also went on to discuss Ben Grimms inclusion:
When we open up the book we have a new team member in Ben Grimm from Fantastic Four. This is very exciting because he was on my list of, wouldn’t he be great on the team? When we were making this list of what other kind of things you’d want on the team that you haven’t seen before. We had Iron Man last year and Venom, who’s still on the team this year, and Captain Marvel. Then Grimm was on my list.
I was so excited to try to put Ben on the team because his original goal of his character was to be an astronaut. Being an adventurer and a superhero and all that is really cool, but wouldn’t it be cool to do that all out in space where he wanted to go in the first place? And isn’t it interesting that if Ben Grimm comes out to be part of the Guardians of the Galaxy with all of the experience he has and looking the way he looks, he’s not so much a monster? So what’s that life going to be like for him if he’s kind of labeled, but now he’s in a place where that’s not a problem anymore? The other cool thing is that with Kitty Pryde and Ben Grimm on the team, we have my goal of having a “Jews In Space” book which is what I pitched when I first came to Marvel.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.
The new Guardians of the Galaxy. L-R...Groot, Drax,Racoon, Star Lady, The Thing and Venom.
So I am excited by the new additions. Kitty Pryde and The Thing are popular characters that will inevitably make the Guardians even more popular.
Rocket Racoon is the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy. (picture courtesy of Marvel.com)
Hopefully in the future when all of the rights of films gets sorted we might see this team in motion picture.