The Marvel Universe is currently embroiled in a grand cosmic event called Infinity Wars, which has already seen the death of Thanos, battles on Earth for the ownership of the Infinity Stones, and perhaps most important of all, the disbanding of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Of course, we all know that this is comics, so nothing and no one stays dead for long. Such is the case for Marvel’s premier team of a-holes, as it’s now been announced that the Guardians of the Galaxy will be relaunching in 2019 under the care of the Thanos and God Country team of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw. The announcement was accompanied by the hashtag #WhoAreTheGuardians, as well as a giant promo image with over 40 Marvel cosmic characters.
Looking at not only the new hashtag but the events of Infinity Wars, we can presume that the lineup of this new Guardians team is still up for debate, making it likely that anyone in this image could fill the new roster. While we may not be able to tell you for sure who will be on the new team come 2019, we can certainly break down the image and find out who it might be.
Starting over on the left, we have members of the Shi’ar Imperial Guard. First introduced in X-Men comics in the late ‘70s, the Shi’ar have been a prominent fixture of the Marvel Cosmic Universe ever since. Standing proudly at the front is Gladiator, former Praetor of the Guard but now the Majestor of the Shi’ar Empire. To his right is Titan, a longtime member thought to have been killed during Thanos’ last invasion of Earth during the Infinity event. To his left is Magique. Next to her is Electron. Behind them is C’Cil, one of a pair of aliens -- along with B’Nee -- that make up Warstar. Behind them all appears to be Starbolt, and in the sky is Manta who, along with the others on this plateau, make up a fairly classic lineup of Imperial Guard.
Floating next to them all is Norrin Radd, more famously known as the Silver Surfer. For many years now, Surfer has been free of his enslavement as the Herald of Galactus, but most recently, in Infinity Countdown, the Surfer has once more joined Galactus’ side as part of a pact made with the Devourer to save the galaxy from the spread of Ultron.