A new volume of "Guardians of the Galaxy" is among the multitude of new #1s on the way from Marvel in October, written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Valerio Schiti. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bendis talked about the new additions to the cast -- X-Men mainstay Kitty Pryde and Ben Grimm, Fantastic Four's The Thing -- and how it makes the comic a different experience than possible in film or TV.
With Peter Quill president of Spartax, Kitty Pryde -- who has been in a relationship with Peter in recent months -- joins the team as "Star-Lady." "I know that's one of those things that some die-hard fans see and their dander rises, because change is bad," Bendis told EW, "But wait and see. You'll see exactly what that means. Some people feel like I'm personally going over to the house and breaking new toys, but that's not the case. We're making them vital and interesting and finding new stuff."
Though there's no new Fantastic Four series yet announced as part of Marvel's "All-New, All Different" lineup, the Thing's membership in the Guardians of the Galaxy brings the character back to his space-faring roots. "I was so excited to try to put Ben on the team because his original goal of his character was to be an astronaut," Bendis said. "Being an adventurer and a superhero and all that is really cool, but wouldn't it be cool to do that all out in space where he wanted to go in the first place?"
"The other cool thing is that with Kitty Pryde and Ben Grimm on the team, we have my goal of having a 'Jews In Space' book which is what I pitched when I first came to Marvel," he added.
Though "Guardians of the Galaxy" is a full-fledged mass media hit, with Kitty Pryde and Ben Grimm -- two characters whose live-action rights are controlled by 20th Century Fox, not Disney's Marvel Studios -- now on the team, it's a different landscape than what's currently legally possible to depict on screen. Which, according to Bendis, is part of the point.
"What I'm trying to do in the book is give people something they're not going to get in the movies or the TV shows," Bendis said. "We've got some really cool unique stuff that you're only going to see in the comics, and it's very big and very bold and very funny and very cute at the same time."
The new volume of "Guardians of the Galaxy is set to debut in October.