Nova Corps Criminals Easter Eggs & References

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

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy reintroduces the galaxy's least capable heroes in a new medium, combining elements from the character's comic book and Marvel Cinematic Universe portrayals. As a result, the game is packed with Easter eggs and lore for longtime fans to uncover.

While on a Nova Corps space station, players can access one of their computers and access its criminal records. These records contain information on characters that have already been introduced along with other. Here, players can get a glimpse of the larger Marvel universe within as it exists within the game and how certain heroes and villains have interacted previously. Here's every character players can find in the Nova Corps' criminal records and why they are seen as a threat.

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Groot

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Groot is one of the last Flora colossi from Planet X who joined Rocket Raccoon as a bounty hunter. He has also racked up a considerable rap sheet, with offenses such as assault, intimidation and smuggling. His full strength has yet to be explored, but his use of weapons and his own branches make him a powerful threat. In the game, he is one of the core members of the Guardians and is often seen as the heart of the team, something which can also be said for his comics and MCU counterparts.

Garek and Rosson Blood

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Garek and Rosson Blood, aka the Blood Brothers, are two of the deadliest criminals in the galaxy. As a team, they can form impenetrable armor around each other. However, this only works in close proximity. They first appear in the game on Knowhere after cornering Peter Quill to collect a bounty. The two also committed many war crimes for Thanos during the Galactic War. The brothers first appeared in Iron Man #55, the first appearance of Drax the Destroyer, and are one of the game's deeper cuts in terms of references to Marvel's cosmic universe.

Glah-Ree

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Glah-Ree, aka Captain Glory, is a Kree soldier who forged his own path, forming the Lethal Legion. Though the team acts as mercenaries, they are wanted for terrorist acts, including conspiracy and mayhem. They first appear in the game as a fleet cornering the Milano. It takes the piloting of Peter Quill to destroy his ship, but Captain Glory's fate is unknown. Though he's a relatively new character in the comics, the game wonderfully adapts and expands his lore, making him more deadly.

Christopher Powell/Darkhawk

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Christopher Powell, aka Darkhawk, is a human who gained armor from the Raptor Amulet. The amulet is from the Fraternity of Raptors, a group of fighters banished by the Shi'ar Empire. Darkhawk is wanted for crimes including terrorism, murder and mayhem, and during the game's events, he's still at large somewhere in the cosmos. Technically, Darkhawk is a hero, but his affiliations in the game remain a mystery. The Raptor Amulet can also be found in the Collector's Emporium on Knowhere.

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Drax

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Drax the Destroyer is a Katathian who, after witnessing the death of his wife and daughter at the hands of Thanos, vowed revenge. Though his criminal record is massive, with multiple counts of theft and murder, he has a good heart and helps those in need. He is a core member of the Guardians and a loyal ally to Peter Quill in the game. His motivations in the games and comics are nearly identical, though his alien origin and blunt humor borrow a lot from his MCU counterpart.

Gamora

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Gamora was once an assassin for Thanos and committed multiple war crimes. Though she betrayed him in the Galactic War, her record is still full of offenses including assault, theft and flying without a license. She is a core member of the Guardians in the game, but it takes some time for her to earn the team's trust, especially Drax. Like her comic version, Gamora is a warrior who helps those that can't help themselves. However, with Thanos allegedly dead, she is slightly less burdened by her past than her MCU counterpart.

Heather Douglas/Moondragon

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Heather Douglas, aka Moondragon, is a powerful telepath possessed by the "Dragon of the Moon." This dragon also gives her extensive, often dangerous, telepathic abilities. Moondragon's records indicate that, while powerful, she's easily corrupted by the dragon, which may be the reason she commits so many telepathic crimes. Though she doesn't appear in-person during the game, but the person who gave Heather her abilities, Mentor, is mentioned by Drax. Though she hasn't appeared in the MCU, her comic book counterpart has worked with the Guardians.

Jack Harrison/Jack Flag

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Jack Flag is one of the more peculiar entries in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, as he isn't a cosmic-based character. Instead, Jack was a human hero who found his way into space, where he racked up a multitude of misdemeanor charges like flying without a license and public intoxication. He is seen in-game being apprehended by the Nova Corps, though Star-Lord intervenes, sending him to an unknown location. Though he got his start on Earth, Flag has since found his place among the stars in both the games and comics.

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Lady Hellbender

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Lady Hellbender is the ruler of Seknarf-Nine, where she purchases rare creatures from anyone willing to sell. Because she is often brutal in her tactics, she has earned a criminal record involving intimidation, racketeering and poaching. However, because she cares about her animals, it's possible her poaching charge isn't accurate. In the game, she is double-crossed by the Guardians, which leads her to put a bounty on the team's heads. She has no MCU counterpart, but her game version is very similar to her comic character since they both deal in exotic and rare animals.

Yondu

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Yondu Udonta was once the leader of the Ravagers, a band of space pirates, and took Peter Quill in when he was a child. Since he's a pirate, it's no surprise that he has a criminal record involving theft, murder and solicitation among other acts. Star-Lord mentions him in multiple conversations, with some lines indicating a bitter falling out between Yondu and Peter. In the MCU, Yondu fills a similar role as a space pirate and father figure to Peter. However, his comic counterpart began as an original member of the Guardians of the Galaxy before fitting his now-classic space pirate aesthetic.

Lipless

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Lipless is a smuggler who hasn't made a significant impact on the galaxy. His records show that his crimes range from assault and murder to petty theft and bribery. While he's a small-time criminal, he has had a run-in with Star-Lord, and the two reconnect on Knowhere. With a gun pointed at his head, players have to make the right choices to ensure Peter remembers his old companion and join in a song or risk being shot in the head. Lipless is a totally original creation for the game, but one that adds more depth to the galaxy and Star-Lord's character.

Raker

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Grand Unifier Raker is the eccentric and obsessive leader of the Universal Church of Truth. At first, his record accounted for petty crimes like trespassing. However, he has since built up his church to become one of the deadliest threats in the galaxy. As the game's final boss, Raker turns out to be a formidable opponent who believes faith energy will resurrect the dead. Even without an MCU counterpart, his comic version is equally as deadly. However, instead of hlding a leadership position, he's one of the church's elite warriors.

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Rocket

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Rocket doesn't have a legal name outside of Subject 89P13, but he makes up for what he lacks in identity with a lengthy criminal record that includes just about every possible crime. In the game, Rocket is a of member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and he puts his deadly expertise to good use, making weapons and upgrades for the team. His hot temper often gets the best of him, but at his core, he's always there to help his friends. Both his MCU and comic counterparts share a similar mindset, story and rap sheet.

Zak-Del/Wraith

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Zak-Dell, aka Wraith, is a Kree who was left adrift in space as a child. Taken into an empty space, he became one of "The Nameless," a race of Kree who also lived in the void. Possessed by the symbiotic Exolon, Wraith uses his abilities for acts of vigilantism. Though he doesn't appear in the game, Wraith serves as a lesson learned in how the Worldmind decides what's best for the galaxy through logic instead of compassion. Wraith has no MCU counterpart, but his comic book version is nearly identical to what is explained in the game.

Wendell Vaughn/Quasar

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Wendell Vaughn, aka Quasar, is another human whose destiny led him to the stars. His power come from the Quantum Bands, devices that could kill anyone who wears them if they have a killer instinct. According to Nova Corp, he's used his abilities to commit relatively mundane offenses (at least in comparison to everyone else) like noise violations and trespassing. Though he doesn't appear in the game, Quasar's look and origins as seen here are just like those of his comic book counterpart.

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Peter Quill

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Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, is a human who was taken to space at a young age due to his alien heritage. In the process, he was forced to watch his mom die alone before he becomes a pirate and fights in the Galactic War. Since then, Peter has committed many crimes, from extortion and smuggling to kidnapping and murder. He is the focal point of the game and the leader of the Guardians, serving as the glue that holds them together. Quill shares various similarities with his MCU and comic versions, like his love of music, Spartoi heritage and element gun.

Ronan

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Ronan the Accuser was judge, jury and executioner to anyone who broke Kree law. However, his power eventually corrupted him, leading to false imprisonment, torture and murder. He's still at large in the game, though he doesn't actually make an appearance. Instead, Gamora explains who Ronan is, what he can do and why he's so dangerous. His MCU counterpart is far more radical, as he's willing to eradicate all of Xandar. Meanwhile, the comic's version of Ronan has more layer, existing as more than just another villain.

Developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is available now for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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