WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Eternals and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, available now.
One thing that helps Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy stand out for longtime fans of the Marvel Universe is the vast assortment of Easter eggs that both benefit the story and serve as nods to the die-hard fans who pick up on the subtlest of references. While some teases come in the form of outfits and artifacts, others are characters that can be found roaming in the game.
A great example is an unlikely choice of character with a large role in Marvel's cosmic area: Pip the Troll. In the past month, Pip has received a surprisingly large amount of attention thanks to his cameos in both this game and the mid-credits scene of Eternals. However, despite this attention, many fans may still not really know who this cigar-chomping hero is and what his appearance in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy means for the franchise.
Who Is Pip the Troll?
Pip Gofern first appeared in Strange Tales #179 by Jim Starlin, where he meets Adam Warlock on the execution ship of the Magus. Before that, Pip was royalty on the planet Laxidazia. One night, he was out drinking with Trolls, a subspecies of Laxidazians, but after awakening, he found he was drinking an enchanted potion that turned him into a Troll as well. His new form ultimately leads him to be captured by the Magus.
Following Magus' defeat, Pip went on many adventures that fundamentally changed him. Pip has lost his mind because of Thanos, got a new body with super strength and gained the ability to teleport after being exposed to the Space Stone. But even through his shortcomings and nasty habits, Pip has proven himself an invaluable ally to his friends.
Where Does Pip Appear in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy?
Pip can be found in Chapter 10: Test of Faith of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. After Drax succumbs to "The Promise" of the Universal Church of Truth, the Guardians are taken to Pama, where they find Mantis. It turns out she planted a seed in Drax's mind so he would take the team to find her. Once there, they travel into the planet's cave to find Adam Warlock and save their friend.
As the group ventures deeper into the cave, a small creature can be seen in various sections. He will sometimes run off, though other moments show him peering over rocks. While he can be seen mid-game, photo mode provides a better look at him. Pip's appearance is even confirmed by a journal entry titled "Pip's Quips."
What Does Pip's Appearance Mean For The Future?
Pip the Troll's blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy seems inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, but by establishing the Soul Stone, his partnership with Warlock and the ambiguity surrounding Thanos' death, Pip's presence could be a subtle hint to a larger story. One potential outcome could be an interpretation of The Infinity Gauntlet which sees the Guardians, Adam Warlock and the Avengers facing off against Thanos. The Infinity Watch could also play a part, as Pip is one of its most valued members and janitor of the Space Stone. Nevertheless, more significant ideas could still be at play for the future of Pip and the Guardians.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is a fantastic narrative that places gamers in the shoes of Star-Lord and captures the challenges that come with being a leader. As a result, the team interactions carry more weight, and the universe surrounding them feels more alive. By implementing Easter eggs and cameos like Pip, the game also teases more stories could come in the future -- and some could even shine a light on the most obscure characters of the Marvel Universe.
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