How Are Guardians of the Galaxy's Characters Different From the MCU & Comics?

Warning!! The following contains spoilers for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, available now.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is another addition to the slowly growing catalog of Marvel video games coming to past and current-gen consoles. Unlike previous titles, Guardians is one of the most unique entries because it allows players to experience an exciting story with multiple plot threads and constant surprises. One of the ways the game keeps players on their toes is by adapting classic storylines and making them distinct from other iterations.

Each member of the team acts and looks like previous versions from the comics and films. While most of the essential aspects of their stories are the same, significant differences set them apart from what has come before. By having stories that diverge from the source and personalities that remain a constant, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy has become a unique addition in each team members' history that deserves a deeper exploration.

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Star-Lord

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Peter's story starts when his mother is killed on his 13th birthday when Chitauri takes him and forces him to fight in the Galactic War. But in the comics, he began as an astronaut who stole the title of Star-Lord away from a fellow astronaut so he could get revenge for the aliens who killed his mother. However, as the years progressed, his origin altered drastically.

In current continuity, Quill's father is the leader of the Spartax Empire, and his mother passed away. Left alone, he went to school to be an astronaut, stole a spaceship, and was captured by Yondu Udonta, who trained him to be a Ravager. The film's origin is far more streamlined, with Peter's mother dying of cancer and him being abducted by Yondu. Personality-wise, Peter is very similar to his film counterpart as an immature leader trying to be a better person and get paid while doing it.

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Rocket

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Rocket is one of the most consistent characters across all iterations. In the game, he's a bounty hunter with a short temper and an obsession with engineering and creating deadly and explosive weapons. However, unlike his comic version, the character's history reveals he's been pals with Groot for a lot longer. While both versions discuss their experimentations on Halfworld, the comics often flashback to these stories and his many adventures. The game version of Rocket also suffers from a greater trauma after leaving Halfworld than his comic counterpart.

The film version of Rocket, on the other hand, doesn't explore his backstory very often. Instead, it's relegated to brief shots of his scars and one scene where he drunkenly vents about being experimented on and treated as a subject instead of a living thing. Though the bounty hunter backstory remains, Rocket's prior history in the game version is more deeply explored.

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Groot

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Like Rocket, Groot is another consistent character across all media; but his history is significantly streamlined in the game. In the comics, he first appeared as a king (though it is later revealed this was a lie) captured by the Kree who eventually became a Guardian. Once he joins the team, his personality is fleshed out, and he quickly becomes its heart, doing what he can to protect his friends.

The game borrows from this comic version but chooses to keep his past quiet, aside from being the last of his kind. He also collects rare plants; a hobby Groot has exclusively in the game. His film version is a larger inspiration as he maintains his gentle giant demeanor that was explored more in the film. He also remains the team's rock but has more attitude and opinions in the game. But the most significant change is that Rocket can't fully understand Groot in the game as he can in other versions.

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Drax

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Like Star-Lord, Drax is another character whose changes offer major differences between iterations. In the comics, Drax was a human whose wife and daughter were murdered by Thanos. His spirit was then placed in the body of the Destroyer, a body that could sense Thanos' presence and vowed to destroy him. Eventually, his form would evolve into one similar in design to his game version.

In the film, Drax is an alien whose wife and daughter were killed by Ronan the Accusor. However, after Ronan's defeat, he set his sights instead on Ronan's leader, Thanos. The games meld both but diverge from one another as Drax is an alien who lost his family, but rather than their killer be Ronan, it's Thanos. By the time the game begins, Drax has also already faced "allegedly" killed Thanos.

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Gamora

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Gamora, throughout her iterations, has always been the deadliest woman in the galaxy. However, while each version of the character has Thanos raising her as his daughter and as an assassin, her path diverges when she betrays him. In the comics, Gamora's species is killed by the Universal Church of Truth. It isn't until she meets Adam Warlock and defeats the Magus that she betrays her father to work with Warlock.

In the film, it's Thanos who kills half of her race and takes her in. Gamora ultimately betrays Thanos without aid and teams up with the Guardians. But the game's version has Gamora betraying Thanos and killing her sister Nebula, who had become corrupted by evil. She eventually betrays her father to fight in the Galactic War. Though all versions walk very different paths, each leads Gamora to the Guardians.

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Adam Warlock

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Adam Warlock is one of the most interesting members of the team as his origin is changed dramatically. Adam was known as "Him" and birthed in a cocoon by a group known as the Enclave. After emerging, he went through further metamorphoses, becoming Adam Warlock. As his life continued, he eventually gained the Soul Stone and formed a connection with it. He's a mystic and cosmic protector with unfathomable power.

While the film version hasn't been revealed, his origin is tied to the alien race known as the Sovereign as a perfect being. The game maintains the idea of a perfect being with immense power but rather than explain his origin, describes how he's tied to the Universal Church of Truth. This version of Warlock also lacks the Soul Stone in his head, though it doesn't make him less powerful.  Adam's portrayal manages to keep his strengths while streamlining his story.

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