The Guardians of the Galaxy have gone from a rather obscure Marvel superhero team to household names. Thanks to their wildly fun inclusion in the MCU, this intergalactic gang have become fan-favorites. The likes of Star-Lord, Rocket, and Groot are among the biggest stars in the MCU, but there are still a lot of noteworthy members we've yet to see on the big screen.
Despite previously being little-known outside of die-hard comics fans, the roster of the Guardians of the Galaxy team is quite extensive. But while there are some very powerful members, others are not as impressive. Here are some Guardians of the Galaxy members who would make the MCU team stronger and some who would not.
10 Stronger: Captain Marvel
Carol Danvers might be the newest hero introduced in the MCU, but she has quickly cemented herself as the strongest. In both her solo film and Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel has showcased an incredible set of powers that means she can go toe-to-toe with just about anyone.
To have Captain Marvel as part of the Guardians of the Galaxy seems almost pointless. It's not like she really needs a team to back her up, as she can pretty much save the day all on her own. Still, having her on the team would absolutely make them more formidable.
9 No Difference: Iron Man
In Avengers: Infinity War, we got to experience Iron Man teaming up with most of the Guardians to fight Thanos on Titan. This somewhat mirrors the comics, as Tony Stark actually joined the team in 2013.
Ignoring that Iron Man is now dead within the MCU, he really wouldn't have been a game-changing member even when he was alive. Granted, the fact is that Tony Stark has been a key Avenger, despite only being a man in a robotic suit. But with Rocket on the Guardians team, the arrogant yet brilliant mechanic role is already filled.
8 Stronger: Beta Ray Bill
The end of Endgame teased Thor teaming up with the Guardians for more adventures. However, with his own solo film on the way, it's unlikely that team-up will last long. However, there is another powerful hammer-wielding member of the Guardians who could take his place.
Beta Ray Bill is one of the few Marvel characters proven worthy to lift Mjolnir. As a result, Bill was given his own Asgardian weapon, Stormbreaker. A noble and fearsome warrior, Bill would be an asset to the Guardians as he was in the comics.
7 No Difference: Bug
Bug has been a key member in the rebooted version of the Guardians team. Though he is not a founding member of the 2008 team, he did serve alongside most of the members that now make up the MCU team. James Gunn has even said that the character was included in early scripts so it's entirely possible he'll pop up in the MCU soon.
While Bug might be an entertaining member to the MCU team, it's hard to say that he'd be all that valuable. His powers allow him super-agility and the ability to climb walls, but he is not a very skilled fighter.
6 Stronger: Agent Venom
Agent Venom might be one of the most surprising members of the Guardians team. This version of the Venom character is actually Peter Parker's classmate Flash Thompson bonded with the symbiote. He is then used as a military weapon before heading into space and joining the Guardians.
Agent Venom on the MCU Guardians team was unlikely before, but now with the Sony-Disney drama, it's safe to say it will never happen. But it's clear that Agent Venom's symbiote powers and tactical training would be more than welcomed in the Guardians team.
5 No Difference: Jack Flag
With Captain America now retired in the MCU, there seems to be an influx of patriotic heroes who could possibly take his place. While Falcon and the Winter Soldier are the most likely candidates, Jack Flag is another skilled fighter who could fill that void.
Flag is an accomplished hero in his own right. However, a super-soldier who pales in comparison to Cap is not exactly what the Guardians need. Flag can handle himself more than well in a fight, but so can most of the other Guardians. He just wouldn't add anything too special to the squad.
4 Stronger: Quasar
Phyla-Vell, aka Quasar, is a Kree warrior and daughter to the original Captain Marvel, who joined the Guardians in 2009. She is equipped with a variety of impressive abilities including superhero strength, flight, energy projection, and cosmic awareness. If that wasn't enough, she has also held the title of Captain Marvel, which should speak to her power.
Though the Guardians fight in the cosmic side of the MCU, none of their members really possess cosmic powers. Phyla-Vell could be that very powerful missing piece to the puzzle that might elevate the team to the next level.
3 No Difference: Ant-Man
Scott Lang is yet another of the Earth-based heroes who went to space and became a member of the Guardians. With his size-changing Ant-Man suit, Scott has proven to be a very skilled thief and played an important role in the Avengers' mission in Endgame.
While he is a great member of the MCU's heroes' roster, there is not a lot Scott could add to the Guardians team. He's not a particularly skilled fighter and the whole experience of being in space would probably give him a nervous breakdown.
2 Stronger: Adam Warlock
Since the beginning of the Guardians' inclusion in the MCU, fans have been wondering when Adam Warlock would show up. With a brief hint at his existence in the first film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 seems to have set him up for a big role in the future.
The character's popularity could speak to his incredible power. Adam was created as the ultimate being and possesses incredible cosmic powers that have a mix of magic. Though he has been an enemy of the Guardians at times, he is also one of its most powerful members and could be a big part of the team's future in the MCU.
1 No Difference: Cosmo
Cosmo is another fan-favorite character who has been a key member of the modern Guardians team. Embracing the great weirdness of the Guardians comics, Cosmo is a dog who was a former Soviet testing animal, sent up into space where he gained telepathic powers.
Cosmo is very intelligent, serving as chief of security for the Knowhere space station. He has also helped out the Guardians many times, even when not a member. Though he has appeared briefly in the movies, it's unlikely he'll ever join the team as he was never much more than a bizarre side character.