The Guardians of the Galaxy are more dangerous than the Avengers
The Marvel Universe has long played by pitting heroes against each other. It’s even acknowledged in-universe by the heroes that many of them fought through simple misunderstanding or outright conflict. The Marvel Core Universe of Earth-616 doesn’t usually see things escalate too far, with events like Civil war and Avengers vs. X-Men seeing only a handful of permanent status quo changes.
In some realities though, conflicts that erupt between heroes eventually escalate toward more permanent ends – with heroes falling and alliances broken. Even with just a handful of gunshots, a world showed how a battle between the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers would end, and it doesn’t go well for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Why the Guardians of the Galaxy attacked the Avengers
Following the events of Infinite, the largest cosmic wedge in the Marvel Universe has picked up the pieces of the Builder War. Meanwhile, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes were able to contain Thanos for a while with the help of his son Thane. But instead of giving the villain to the universe to stand trial, it was decided to keep the villain contained on Earth. The Illuminati took over the Thanos suspended in animation in the Wakandan Necropolis, setting the stage for the Mad Titan to finally be unleashed by Namor to deal with the incursions crisis. But in some timelines, this secret was revealed to the universe at large, which didn’t care about the hubris of humanity when it came to the monster that wiped out entire species.
What if…? Infinity: Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (by Joshua Williamson, Jason Copland, Dono Sanchez Almara, Protobunker, and VC’s Travis Lanham) revealed that on Earth-51271, for example, the Guardians of the Galaxy decided to hack Iron Man’s armor during his brief stint with the team. Turning the adventures of the Armored Avenger into their personal entertainment, the Guardians were shocked to see through the video feed that Thanos was alive and under the lock and key of Earth’s heroes. The team quickly took down Tony Stark, hijacking his armor, so Rocket Raccoon could take control of it and lure the Illuminati into revealing Thanos’ location. This led them to destroy part of the necropolis in the process.
Star-Lord kept the galaxy against Earth
Quickly proving capable of keeping the Illuminati at bay, the Guardians were eventually able to rally an alliance of cosmic powers. They overwhelm Thanos, successfully killing the villain in front of the shocked Avengers. As a parting gift and punishment to the heroes for their hubris, the cosmic forces have gone one step further and decided to lock humanity into their own corner of the universe or they will be brought down by Star-Lord . The hero officially makes it his mission to prevent the threat he perceives to be humanity from infesting the rest of the universe, preventing humanity from expanding to the stars. Notably, Star-Lord issues this warning to Captain America who recognizes the truth in his words and that they have no counterpower to his weapons.
It’s a sudden win for the Guardians of the Galaxy, but one that makes some sense considering how strong the team is. Especially with the support of the rest of the universe and characters like Gladiator, Ronan, and even Annihilus behind their backs, it’s a threat the Guardians could easily track. It reminds us just how dangerous Guardians really are, especially if they call upon the sheer number of allies they have across the universe. The Illuminati couldn’t get past half the team, while Rocket was completely distracted while walking through Thanos’ amber prison. Captain America, the man who can look up to a Celestial, was silenced by a Star-Lord who finally decided to take things seriously.