Marvel Just Killed a Member of the MCU's Guardians of the Galaxy


WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Yondu #1 by Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson and John McCrea, on sale Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is known for taking popular story arcs and characters from the comics and adapting them for the big screen. For example, twin siblings Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were changed from mutants to humans given powers via an Infinity Stone, Avengers: Age of Ultron took the popular Marvel event and used it for the second film starring Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were inspired by the Infinity Gauntlet storyline, and Nick Fury was changed to Samuel L. Jackson after the Ultimates comic depicted the S.H.I.E.L.D. director as the movie star.

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A similar modification was made to Michael Rooker's Yondu Udonta for the MCU's Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The hero from the future was now a conniving space pirate who raised Peter Quill after he was abducted from Earth. This time the comics changed the character so he would be recognizable to the movie audience, revealing the new Yondu is a descendant of the previous hero.

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Yondu is now starring in a self-titled solo Marvel miniseries that will chronicle the Ravager's adventures as he seeks out a new cosmic artifact called the Herald's Urn, which is compared to the Cosmic Control Rod, Ultimate Nullifier and Infinity Stones. A preview of Yondu #1 picks up with the titular character heading to coordinates given to him by his Ravager partner Kraglin, portrayed by Sean Gunn in the MCU. However, Yondu arrives to find Kraglin bleeding out on the floor, alongside the rest of the Ravagers.

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Whoever took out the Ravagers is definitely after the Herald's Urn, and is willing to take out whoever gets in their way. Yondu tells us that he trusts Kraglin with his life, and this deal with the Herald's Urn had Kraglin nervous, which is a rarity. But who could have caused this much bloodshed? There are a lot of cosmic villains in the Marvel Universe who would love to get their hands on yet another power source.

A solicitation for the first issue teases that "an unexpected visitor from the future turns up to stop Yondu," which could be the original Yondu from the future with the iconic red mohawk. If that's the case, Yondu would turn into a team-up book with the two relatives working together on the ultimate score.

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