Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past two decades, you know that for every great superhero, there’s a compelling origin story. While Marvel and DC typically explore these humble and not-so-humble beginnings (looking at you, Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne) in detail in the movies they release, video games tend to overtake them for established heroes. Instead, games like Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Avengers focus on the origins of newer, lesser-known heroes like Miles Morales and Kamala Khan.
While we don’t know if Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy plan to feature less iconic characters throughout the story, Eidos-Montreal assumes players have a basis of familiarity with key team members. . However, given that these are separate versions from the versions we know of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we spoke with the development team about how this motley group of Guardians came together.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy story begins about 12 years after a massive war that involved or affected nearly every civilization in the galaxy. As the war enveloped the cosmos and involved multiple factions from different sides, the main participants were Thanos and the Chitauri against the Kree and their allied civilizations. The lingering effects of this war are still evident across the galaxy, but positivity and opportunities are on the rise as they begin to heal and recover from the aftershocks of this war. Peter sees this healing period as an opportunity to do his part to help rebuild the galaxy while earning some money along the way.
“Each of the characters has a unique story related to it,” said executive narrative director Mary DeMarle. “Marvel has allowed us to reimagine the stories of these characters to match our narrative while remaining true to [them]. I mean, Star-Lord is a space pirate, a former Ravager, he was kidnapped on Earth, et cetera. But we could kind of make it all happen in this galactic war. ”
Just like with the Guardians as a group, it all starts with Peter Quill. Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where his father is Ego the living celestial planet, Peter’s in-game father is the King of Spartax. At the very beginning of the war, Peter is kidnapped as a bargaining chip.
Gamora, already one of the deadliest and fiercest women in the galaxy, was originally on Thanos’ side until she realized what his plan was. Once she sees her father for who he really is, she joins the resistance. However, despite her help during the war, her family history leaves her feeling like an outsider once the conflict is settled.
Drax’s in-game story is perhaps the most similar to his MCU origins among all the characters. The war took its pound of flesh on almost everyone in the galaxy, but Drax was particularly hard hit, as he lost his entire family to the hands of Thanos’ forces. This leads to the Destroyer’s rampage against Thanos and ultimately his motivation to join the Guardians.
Rocket and Groot were bounty hunters, and they start following Peter Quill to try and get a bounty off his head. However, Peter uses his silvery tongue to convince the unlikely duo that they will not only be able to make a lot more money from their side, but also have a lot more fun with him. However, they realize that they have to recruit powerful and feared people from across the galaxy if they are to be taken seriously. Due to this need to be marketable as true heroes for hire, they call on Drax to serve as muscle for the group. Then when they contact Gamora, they are able to convince her because she longs for a place for herself in the universe, despite her reservations that they might end up rejecting her like everyone else in the galaxy! ‘had done until then.
The story resumes about a year after the formation of the group. All five of them feel like they’re getting to really know each other, but there’s definitely a lot of work to be done to form a team. Now trained, Peter, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot begin to call themselves “Guardians of the Galaxy” as a marketing ploy. “They have their business cards to prove it,” explains senior artistic director Jean-François Dugas. “They are truly legitimate heroes to hire, but as the game progresses and they discover [the main threat of the game], they will have to become more than a marketing ploy to truly save the galaxy from its own demise. ”
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy launches for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X / S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch (via cloud) and PC on October 26. For more on Eidos-Montreal’s upcoming game, be sure to click on the image below to head to our coverage hub.