After it was announced at E3 in June, fans have been hyped for the new Guardians of the Galaxy game from developer Eidos-Montréal and publisher Square Enix. The first trailer featured a mixture of fun gameplay, a great soundtrack, and witty banter between the team members, which are all key ingredients for an awesome Guardians of the Galaxy game. With any luck, Guardians of the Galaxy could be something special when it arrives on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PC, and Switch via the Cloud on October 26, 2021.
While they started off as a relatively obscure team of intergalactic superheroes from Marvel Comics, the Guardians of the Galaxy reached A-list status after the release of director James Gunn’s highly successful Guardians of the Galaxy film in 2014, which introduced the characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was followed by a direct sequel in 2017, with the team also showing up in the multibillion dollar superhero crossover movies Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Since everyone now knows who the Guardians of the Galaxy are, now seems like the perfect time for a AAA Guardians of the Galaxy video game, especially since the Telltale Guardians of the Galaxy game from back in 2017 has already been largely forgotten by fans.
Since the Marvel Universe is home to countless strange and exotic alien worlds, I’m hoping a vast selection of these will be on offer in Guardians of the Galaxy. We already saw in the E3 trailer that some of the story will take place on a lush forest planet, and with any luck, this will just be a small taster of what we can expect from the final product. As a Marvel fan, I would like the game to take place across the furthest reaches of the entire Marvel Universe, and give us a look at some of the most bizarre planets it has to offer. So I compiled a list of five of the most strange and exotic alien worlds throughout the Marvel Universe which I hope to see in the Guardians of the Galaxy game.
Ruled by the tyrannical Grandmaster, a despot who enslaves his people and forces them to compete in gladiatorial combat games, Sakaar isn’t exactly a number one holiday destination.
But since the Guardians of the Galaxy are always determined to do the right thing, they would probably start an uprising if they arrived on Sakaar, and it would certainly feel satisfying for players to free slaves and help them rise up against their evil masters. The potential of a visit to Sakaar is a tantalising one, especially since the planet is now incredibly popular among Marvel fans after it was featured prominently in the 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok.
It should also be mentioned that in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Drax refers to Sakaarans as ‘paper people’. So it would be interesting to see how he actually fares in battle against hordes of highly-trained Sakaaran warriors, which could happen if the Guardians of the Galaxy game features a section on Sakaar.
The homeworld of the amorphous Symbiotes would make an interesting choice for a gameplay location, especially since it has never been featured on screen before.
Although Symbiotes have been a mainstay of Marvel Comics for over three decades, their homeworld has rarely even been shown on the printed page, so to have a AAA game taking place on this mysterious forest planet will certainly be interesting. It’s worth noting that the Symbiotes are actually a peaceful race and are not usually aggressive unless they bond with a malevolent host, so the Guardians could arrive on the world in order to defeat a hostile alien force which could be corrupting the benevolent Symbiotes. This could even result in some of the Symbiotes offering to bond with the Guardians, leading to some truly awesome combat abilities.
On the other hand, the recent King in Black comic storyline introduced Knull, the ancient God of Darkness who created the Symbiotes, and we learned that he was eventually imprisoned within Klyntar’s planetary core by his creations after they rebelled against his wicked ways. Interestingly, the name of the planet actually means ‘cage’ in the Symbiotes’ native language, as the well-meaning aliens would stop at nothing to prevent Knull from breaking free and continuing his reign of terror across the galaxy. So if Knull somehow manages to escape from captivity, he could serve as the game’s big bad, and the Guardians would certainly have their hands full trying to defeat the malevolent deity.
Either way, I’ll be satisfied if Klyntar only shows up for one scene in the Guardians of the Galaxy game, because it’s high time the Symbiote homeworld finally appeared on screen. Although there is a good chance it could show up in a SPUMC film at some point (and yes, that really is the official name of Sony’s interconnected series of Marvel movies), let’s hope Klyntar first makes its on screen debut in the Guardians of the Galaxy game.
3. Chitauri Prime
Located countless light years away from Earth, Chitauri Prime is the homeworld of the Chitauri, the reptilian alien race who served as the foot soldiers of Loki’s army in the first Avengers movie as well as showing up in various other MCU films. While the planet has only appeared a handful of times in comics, we do know that the world is filled with gladiatorial arenas, since the Chitauri are huge fans of bloodsports.
Although they are usually depicted in the comics as a cunning and intelligent race, the Chitauri appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies as nothing more than cannon fodder to be punched by the Avengers. While they are arguably one of the most prominent alien races featured throughout the MCU, there has not even been a single word of dialogue spoken by a Chitauri in any of the films, unless you count the monstrous roaring sounds they make as speech.
This highly advanced species could finally be given more nuanced characterisation in the Guardians of the Galaxy game, especially if the story features fleshed out Chitauri characters who could either aid or hinder the Guardians throughout their journey. Similarly, since arena battles form such a huge part of Chitauri culture, it would be great to have arena combat sections where the Guardians need to use all their combined skills to defeat the vicious gladiators being thrown at them while the crowd cheers and applauds.
Chitauri Prime is also the homeworld of Chitauri Leviathans, the massive flying serpentine creatures we see in the Avengers movies. If the planet is featured in the Guardians of the Galaxy game, I would love there to be a boss fight against an angry Chitauri Leviathan, because as a personal fan of giant boss fights, I would love to see them featured more in modern games.
I’m hoping Asgard will also make an appearance in the Guardians of the Galaxy game, because it would be wonderful to explore the home of the Norse Gods, with all its majestic golden palaces and its vaults filled with powerful magic artefacts, which Rocket would probably try to steal.
While it has already been featured in tons of Marvel games, Asgard has proven to be such an endearing location that I would love to see more of it. Similarly, many of the individual locations throughout the Asgardian planetoid, such as the throne room in Odin’s palace and the magical Bifrost Bridge, have become so iconic over the years that just seeing them showing up in the Guardians of the Galaxy game would be enough to make any self respecting Marvel fan throw their controller into the air with joy.
It’s also worth mentioning that Asgard would also be an interesting choice of a location for the game, because it’d be interesting to see how the Guardians, who are accustomed to using highly advanced alien technology, would react to being surrounded by magic and sorcery, which may seem outlandish to them. I’m also pretty sure that the Guardians wouldn’t react kindly to being told that they need to treat the residents of Asgard as royalty, and Rocket will probably have a few choice words to say upon being ordered to address Odin as “His Royal Highness”.
While it’s technically located in another dimension, it would still be awesome for the Guardians of the Galaxy to somehow visit Earth-8311 in their upcoming game. While it initially resembles the real world, Earth-8311 has one major difference from our reality, which is that it’s populated by anthropomorphic animals instead of humans.
As you’ve probably guessed, most stories in the comics which take place in this world are focused on comedy, and with humour being such a large part of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, it seems like this world would be a great fit for the game, and the comedic potential is endless. For instance, it would be hilarious for the Guardians to be forced to team up with the anthropomorphic counterparts of established Marvel heroes who inhabit this world, and it goes without saying that an appearance from Spider-Ham in the Guardians of the Galaxy game would be something very special indeed.
On the other hand, Rocket would probably feel right at home in a world where he isn’t the only talking animal, while Drax, who we know to be an avid meat-eater, would probably be arrested for trying to spit-roast every citizen he comes across. While it’s not likely to show up in the game, just thinking about the comedic possibilities of the Guardians of the Galaxy travelling to Earth-8311 already has me in stitches.
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