On the sidelines of the highly anticipated release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” it's time to reveal seven major changes between the comics and the movies directed by James Gunn. How faithful is a film adaptation when it is based on a comic book? A debate that resurfaces regularly.
The origins of the Guardians of the Galaxy: an unexpected encounter
In the comics, the Guardians of the Galaxy are a group charged with defending the solar system. Their origin story evolved over time, united under the leadership of Peter Quill after the invasion of Earth by the Phalanx, an alien race. Later, the team is reconfigured to come from a different universe, with Peter Quill (Star-Lord) recruiting the remaining members.
In the film, the Guardians meet in prison and eventually unite to fight Ronan and then Thanos.
The link with Thanos: an epic confrontation
In Avengers: Infinity War, the Guardians try in vain to stop Thanos. In the comics, the group finally manages to defeat him, thanks in part to Drax who brutally rips out his heart. Thanos' death in Avengers: Endgame is just as violent, though different, as he is decapitated by Thor.
The great love between Star-Lord and Gamora: a story of the heart
In the comics, Star-Lord and Gamora have no romantic relationship, although they almost had a love affair before Star-Lord was sent to another reality. In the movies, their tumultuous romantic relationship is one of the licenses taken by James Gunn.
Adam Warlock's role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: a mysterious character
Adam Warlock, played by Will Poulter, makes his debut in the film as the Guardians bow out. In the comics, Adam Warlock has a relationship with Gamora and helped train the Guardians, who then returned the favor.
Yondu: a founding member of the Guardians of the Galaxy
Yondu Udonta is one of the most charismatic characters in the films. He is presented as a kind of father of Star-Lord, whereas he has no link with him in the comics. Yondu is actually one of the founding members of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
The relationship between the Master of Evolution and Rocket: a painful past
In the comics, Rocket Raccoon comes from Halfworld, a planet populated by automatons that gave him different abilities, including the ability to speak. In the movie, it's a cruel and painful process led by the Master of Evolution (played by Chukwudi Iwuji) who gives Rocket his special abilities through many abuses and experiments.
Groot: a repentant villain
In the comics, Groot was initially a villain, known as “The Monster from Planet X”, whose mission was to kidnap humans. With an extensive vocabulary, he eventually sided with the heroes and joined the Guardians. In the movies, no reference is made to his dark past. Instead, Groot is a touching and endearing character who simply says, “My name is Groot.
- The origins of the Guardians of the Galaxy: an unexpected encounter
- The link with Thanos: an epic confrontation
- The great love between Star-Lord and Gamora: a story of the heart
- Adam Warlock's role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: a mysterious character
- Yondu: a founding member of the Guardians of the Galaxy
- The relationship between the Master of Evolution and Rocket: a painful past
- Groot: a repentant villain
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