Marvel’s next superhero team headed to the big screen is Guardians of the Galaxy. The film of the same name will be in theaters on August 1st and stars a team of unlikely heroes: Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Drax. They protect Earth by whatever means necessary. The team has been around in comics since 1969, but not with the line-up you’ll see in the movie. Peter Quill, a/k/a Star-Lord, wasn’t even created until 1976.
The most recent Guardians comics written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Steve McNiven, Sara Pichelli, and Francesco Francavilla, among others, feature the characters we’ll be seeing on screen. Their personalities may be completely different in the film, but the comic series is still a fine place to jump in if you want to read some Guardians stories ahead of the movie release. There are 16 issues in the run so far.
Based on that series, we broke down the Dungeons and Dragons alignments for members of the team.
Star-Lord – Chaotic Good
Art by Steve McNiven
Peter Quill is the son of a human woman and a prince of Spartax. His parentage, specifically the loss of his mother, set him on a path into the galaxy to protect Earth from those with malicious intentions. He’s intelligent and a solid leader of the team, and he doesn’t shy away from stirring up crap with his attitude. He’s chaotic good because he follows his own moral compass rather than the letter of the law. He’d take any actions necessary to protect the planet, and he wouldn’t mind if those actions negatively affected his father.
Gamora – Chaotic Neutral
Art by Michael del Mundo
The adopted daughter of Thanos, Gamora was trained to be the most dangerous woman in the galaxy. She’s trained in martial arts and an asset to the team. She can relate to Star-Lord’s issues with this father and is willing to ally with him and the Guardians to be a thorn in his father’s side. Even though she’s on Team Earth at the moment, she’s had a colorful past. (She’s been an assassin.) I don’t think her loyalties to the Guardians are incredibly strong, and she seems to be a touch unpredictable. She’s probably split between categories but chaotic neutral seems to be where her actions fall most of the time.
Drax the Destroyer – Neutral
Art by Michael Avon Oeming and Rain Beredo
Drax doesn’t spend a lot of time explaining why he does what he does. He has superhuman strength and stamina and is able to save the collective butts of the Guardians. He joins the team at Star-Lord’s request and does so because he wants something worthwhile to do. That seems like it comes from a place to help others, and while I think he clearly prefers good over evil (the “worthwhile” quote points to that), he’s not committed to the cause in the same way someone like Star-Lord. He’s another one who is hard to fit into a single category, but neutral feels like where he belongs.
Groot – Neutral Good
Art by Michael del Mundo
The alien Groot is a little like Game of Thrones’ Hodor. He gets a few more words, but he repeats the same phrase over and over again. He infuses “I am Groot” with different meanings. He’s a brute force, dedicated to the team, and willing to sacrifice himself to save others. His actions speak volumes, but his motivation for joining the Guardians aren’t apparent. Is he there because Rocket Raccoon is around or because he wants to help others? He fights villains and evil but without knowing his reasoning, I’d call him neutral good.
Rocket Raccoon – Chaotic Good
Art by Sara Pichelli
Rocket has more to say than his pal Groot, but he does have a catchphrase of sorts: “Blamo! Murdered you!” There are slight variations. He’s funny and irreverent, but he’s loyal to his team – especially his buddy Groot. He’s the reckless brand of brave since he doesn’t always consider consequences, skilled with a gun (clearly), and willing to fight the good fight. He doesn’t follow the law to the letter and sometimes tiptoes around it; he’s chaotic good.
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