10:52am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Avengers' Are Teaming Up In Marvel Comics
At a time when James Gunn is distancing the Guardians of the Galaxy movie franchise from the earthbound superheroics of Avengers, Marvel Entertainment is doing just the opposite with the characters’ comic book incarnations. Launching in 2015, a new series called Guardians Team-Up will combine the space heroes with a round-robin cast including Spider-Man, She-Hulk and Deadpool.
“Part of my uber-plan was to have the Guardians be more a part of the Marvel Universe and not off doing their own thing,” writer Brian Michael Bendis — who writes the regular Guardians of the Galaxy comic series and will be responsible for the first storyline of Guardians Team-Up told USA Today. “These aren’t just fun adventures. These are going to be stories that matter to the team and matter to the cosmic landscape in general.”
The first two-issue storyline combines the Guardians and the Avengers, who last met in Bendis’ 2012 series Avengers Assemble. Those issues will be drawn by popular comic artist Art Adams, and will feature the return of a “fantastic” villain not seen for some time, according to Bendis.
Following that storyline, the series will feature work from a number of writers and artists, including Sam Humphries, who currently writers the Guardians spin-off title The Legendary Star-Lord. Bendis said that the popularity of the characters following this summer’s movie makes the new series an ideal entry point for readers new to Marvel comics. “Like Spider-Man was in the '70s, the Guardians are this year to a lot of new and younger readers. This is an opportunity to show off what we do and what we've got,” he said.
Guardians Team-Up will launch in Feb. 2015.