Marvel Announces 'Guardians 3000' for October Launch

Guardians 3000 Promo - P 2014
<p>Guardians 3000 Promo - P 2014</p>   |   Geraldo Sandoval/Marvel Entertainment
New comic book series extends the "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise into the 31st Century.

Marvel Entertainment continues to expand the comic book footprint of the Guardians of the Galaxy ahead of the movie’s August release. In addition to the current core Guardians series and upcoming solo series for both Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon, the publisher announced Wednesday that the original incarnation of the team will return this fall in a series titled Guardians 3000.

The version of the Guardians that appear in the Marvel Studios movie is actually the second take on the idea; when the Guardians originally appeared, they were a team of super heroes from the 31st century where each member had come from a different planet settled by humans at some point in the previous millennium. Guardians 3000 will revive that team and far future status quo.

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Unlike in the original stories, however, the future Guardians won’t just be fighting an alien race hellbent on destroying humanity, but a far bigger threat: an end of time itself. “I wanted to keep [the alien invaders] element, and indeed try not to do anything to deny any continuity,” writer Dan Abnett told Newsarama.com. “However, they soon discover that the Badoon are just the tip of the iceberg, essentially opportunists taking cosmic advantage of a much deeper crisis. As Starhawk deduces, the very future itself is in danger. History and causality are unraveling and repeating themselves, and not in a friendly Groundhog Day way.”

This plot apparently ties the team to events in the contemporary Marvel Universe, where the timestream has been “broken” since last year’s Age of Ultron series, making the past, present and future increasingly changeable places even in terms of traditional time travel storytelling, with characters including Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers and the Hulk all having slipped through time at some point in the last year.

The series, drawn by Geraldo Sandoval, will launch in October.