Guardians of the Galaxy Star-Lord and Nova Alliance collapse
Despite Dormammu’s threat in The Last Annihilation, the main leaders of the Guardians of the Galaxy have a surprisingly deep disagreement.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy # 17, available now from Marvel.
The Marvel Universe has just been introduced to the cosmic threat of Dormammu, and the Guardians of the Galaxy are the universe’s best line of defense. In the past, the iconic team has resisted all manner of threats, but issues within their ranks could shatter the team faster than any villain. When core members Star-Lord, Nova, and Gamora are divided over how to handle Dormamu, it becomes clear that the Guardians aren’t as tight-knit as they used to be, and these fractures could shatter the team.
While Dormammu isn’t exactly an unprecedented threat, the Guardians of the Galaxy found themselves at odds over how to approach it. Richard Rider’s Nova has been rocked by the introduction of Doctor Doom to the team before, and he doesn’t want to participate in any plan he’s involved in creating, even though he’s the best magic user they have. . While Rocket Racoon and Star-Lord support their current best idea, Nova can’t support them on this one, and Gamora trusts her judgment.
As Gamora and Nova have grown closer than ever recently, the situation at play in guardians of the galaxy # 17 by Al Ewing, Juan Frigeri, reinforces the rift that has formed between the core members of the team. When these Guardians first officially reunited following the first two “Annihilation” events, Star-Lord, Nova, and Gamora were still largely the focal point of Marvel’s cosmos.
Although Richard Rider has yet to make his entry into the MCU, Guardians of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have often revolved around Star-Lord and Gamora, which the main Marvel Universe has not gone so far as to do. subvert that recently. Even putting their awkward romantic triangle aside, with Gamora and Nova wholeheartedly against something that a cosmically conscious Star-Lord has always espoused is a potentially devastating development.
Of course, it’s not just Gamora and Nova that don’t help matters, as Peter Quill’s inability to convey anything other than “It’s a Cosmic Consciousness” to his dubious teammates doesn’t grant him any feeling of certainty. Star-Lord may be at his strongest right now, but the others haven’t forgotten that the Guardians are at their strongest when presenting a united front.
Together, these three heroes have come through more than perhaps any other trio in the cosmic corner of the Marvel Universe, which is a big part of what makes this disagreement so concerning. While facing another Annihilation event is an incredibly stressful situation, Richard Rider is openly on edge and he argues against a Peter Quill at the height of his powers.
While this relatively minor disagreement isn’t enough to destroy the partnership between these three alone, it’s yet another worrying crack in the foundation of Marvel’s modern Guardians of the Galaxy.
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