The Guardians of the Galaxy is a group of former intergalactic outlaws, composed of highly-skilled and formidable misfits that fought against cosmic threats as an action and initiative to protect the intergalactic communities from planetary threats. Consisting of original members, the heroic band was often led by the legendary Star-Lord, a human-alien hybrid who was abducted from his home planet, Earth, and was raised to be a tough but selfless and an independent outlaw by Yondu Udonta and his Ravager Crew, turning him into the very person of who he is now.
Initially, the heroic group that would become known as the Guardians of the Galaxy were thrown together by sheer chance after Star-Lord stole the Orb of Morag and attempted to sell it, only to be intercepted by Rocket Raccoon and Groot (who were trying to claim the bounty on his head) and Gamora (who was trying to keep the Orb away from Ronan and her adoptive father, Thanos) on Xandar, resulting in all four of them being caught and sentenced to the space prison the Kyln for their past and present crimes. Learning that Gamora had a buyer for the Orb willing to pay four billion credits, Rocket and Groot decided to abandon their efforts to claim the bounty for Quill in favor of selling the Orb, and the four soon gained a new ally in the form of Drax the Destroyer, another prisoner in the Kyln who sought Ronan's death after revealing that he was responsible for the death of his wife and daughter.
The Fight for the Orb
Since the group were able to successfully escape the Kyln, they immediately went to Knowhere, where they sought out help to the Elder known as the Collector, Gamora's known buyer. Unfortunately, the plan didn't turn out to go as they originally planned, and after a series of unfortunate events caused by , the Guardians were subsequently forced to seek the assistance and the cooperation of Yondu's Ravager Crew to protect the Orb from Ronan the Accuser, so that they could ultimately hand it over to the protective and responsible hands of the Nova Corps and the Nova Empire. In the intense and climatic finale of protecting the Orb, they managed to save the planet of Xandar from the Kree warlord Ronan and his forces and have been recognized under the Nova Corps and the Nova Empire itself as noble intergalactic heroes.
Battle Against Ego
An undetermined brief time after the Battle of Xandar, which had caused for the Guardians to be popularly exposed to the intergalactic community, they were hired to hunt the inter-dimensional beast called the Abilisk, attracted the unwelcome attentions of High Priestess Ayesha and her oversensitive Sovereign race, and finally defeated the Planetary Celestial Ego, who happens to be Quill's biological father and was also responsible for his own mother's death.
During and after Ego's defeat and destruction, the Guardians had also gained three new members to their band, revealing the first one to be Ego's former assistant and ward turned enemy, Mantis, followed by Gamora's former rival and adoptive sister Nebula, and Quill's adoptive father and life trainer Yondu, whom the former having finally realized how much he had cared for him since then, learning that his actions of abduction Quill in the first place was to actually protect him from the universally-devastating schemes of Ego.
The following months after their last mission, the Guardians were once again hired by the Nova Corps for an undercover mission, whereas they were sent to the planet Hala, in order to infiltrate the secret black market community of the Kree, which had been rumored to be running since the beginning of Kree-Skrull War. During their stay at the home of the Kree Empire, they came to cross paths with the loyal military major by the name of Mar-Vell, who was also in suspicion after he first saw the Guardians' "unauthorized" arrival on the Kree city of Rad-Nam.
Realizing that both alliances have the same mission, they joined forces for the mean time as they would later investigate and figure it out that the true behind the rogue dealings was one of the most respected and noble generals of the Imperial Navy, Ultimatus, who also revealed his dark backstory as a intergalactic fugitive to several intergalactic military and police forces across the cosmic community, including the Nova Corps.
In the conclusion, the heroes have only proven themselves truly victorious when Mar-Vell used one the Guardian's most powerful weapon against him, only leading to the villain's humiliating defeat by the very end, in which he was later handed over to the Nova Corps. In the end of the attack on Hala, the Guardians recruited Mar-Vell into their ranks, to which he happily accepted, leaving the Kree Imperial Navy for a short while as he and the Guardians explore the galaxy. Unfortunate to the Guardians themselves, their cosmic adventures with Major Marvel went short-lived after finding out that the both races of the Skrulls and the Kree were once more have reignited their million-years war on each other. In response, the Guardians were immediately obligated in helping to end the war and restore peace between both races without siding with either.
Realizing that they were miserably losing and were on the pinnacle of failing on their mission in ending the war by themselves, Mar-Vell then ultimately makes up his mind, and immediately rides his spacecraft to leave the planet Skrullos, seemingly leaving the entire warzone behind, though in actuality, he left so that he could go to his last resort, who was also the final key into ending the Kree-Skrull War once and for all, which was his old friend and ally back on Earth, Carol Danvers, the heroine known then as Ms. Marvel. During the arrival of Danvers and Mar-Vell on Skrullos, that was that very moment where Danver's immeasurable powers that she never even knew had existed before, had consequently help the rest of the intergalactic heroes put a final end towards the Kree-Skrull War for good.
Unluckily, however, the heroes themselves found out that the heads of the Skrull Empire secretly commanded the disguised Skrulls hiding on the planet Earth to begin the "next stage," to their mysterious plan known as the "Earth Protocol," to which they would later explain that despite their conflict with the Kree had already ended, their conflict on conquering Earth has only just begun, and decided to infiltrate and finally invade it after so long. The Guardians of the Galaxy, along with Ms. Marvel and Mar-Vell onboard their ship, immediately travel to Earth after the end of the Kree-Skrull War, warning the heroes of Earth of the threat that's about to occur on the planet, which were the Skrulls themselves who were all currently hiding on the planet at the moment, and were willing to help them fight them and prevent them from ever invading Earth.
When the stealthy invasion secretly planned by the ruthless Skrull race comes to fruition, the Earth's Ultimates (both the 50-State Initiative of Iron Man and the Anti-Registration Forces of Captain America), S.H.I.E.L.D., the Thunderbolts, the Dark Avengers, and most of the Earth's super-powered individuals must unite to stop the conquering villainous extraterrestrial race, aided by the cosmic heroes, the Guardians themselves and the entire Ravager Network. During the end of the fighting, a seemingly reformed Norman Osborn, who was doing by the heroic ironed persona of the Iron Patriot, killed the Skrull Queen Veranke, which ended the war and the attempted invasion, once and for all. In the wake of the averted invasion, the Guardians, especially Quill, had decided to stay on Earth for a while, as Quill would like to call it "vacation."
Threat of Thanos
In order to start his search for the Infinity Stones, the Mad Titan warlord Thanos and a portion of his starfleet mercilessly attacks Xandar as a part of his ultimate goal, almost decimating half of its population as he retrieves the Power Stone from the Nova Corps. The Guardians and the Yondu Ravager Clan then answered the repetitive Xandarian distress calls sent by Denarian Rhomann Dey, due to first attacks of Thanos across the capital city of Xandar, to which they immediately responded by going to planet and helping the Nova Corps combat the massive fleet of Thanos. Despite the hard efforts of the Guardians and the Yondu Clan to stop Thanos and his forces' assault on the planet, Thanos was still proven to be the victor, and was already on his way to the next stone, much to the Guardians' dismay and horror. In their desperate attempt to avenge the Xandarian people, the Guardians and the Ravagers decided to being a search operation across the galactic communities in search for Thanos himself and his fleet in order to put an end to whatever he may be planning by then.
Thanos had ultimately triumphed over his enemies once he completed the Infinity Gauntlet, using this to finally complete his goal and destroy half of the life within the universe at the snap of his fingers. When Thanos eventually wiped out half of the universal population after completing the Infinity Gauntlet, most of the Guardians amongst the trillions of victims of his conquest. This ultimate universal "decimation" has heavily devastated the remaining Guardians for losing a lot of their loved ones due to the heroes' ultimate defeat and failure. The only survivors among the Guardians were Rocket Raccoon, Noh-Varr, and Nebula.
However, the alliance of the surviving heroes, antiheroes, and several redeemed villains battled Thanos, aided by the Cosmic Entities, preventing his second universal goal of shredding all of cosmos to the smallest atom and rebuild it in his own image. In the process of the intense battle, he overlooked his adoptive daughter Nebula who was able to wrest the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos' hand. Her first act was to undo all that has occurred, which inadvertently freed the heroes and the cosmic entities and resurrected most of those who have once withered away into ash by the Titan's snap of changing reality, including the rest of the Guardians themselves. The battle resumed, and in the end it was Adam Warlock who finally possessed the Gauntlet, ending the cosmic conflict for the Infinity Gauntlet, for now.
Weakened and finally defeated after losing the Infinity Gauntlet against the heroes, Thanos consequently faked his own death after Warlock himself made it look like the Mad Titan has fallen, across the intergalactic community and chose to have himself exiled and secluded at a distant planet far across the galaxy, away from everything that he had accomplished, including his allies, and everyone had been against. For some time, the Guardians have yet to learn of the truth, the painful but also hopeful truth that the Mad Titan has survived his ultimate fate, as Warlock had made it happen on purpose, believing that Thanos could still change his extremist ways and be a better being the universe would eventually appreciate, instead of fearing for so long.
Adam Warlock's evil and notorious side, whom was dubbed by his followers as the "Magus," had unexpectedly separated from his own body thanks to the Universal Church of Truth, his oldest radical followers, and started his own personal crusade to reassemble the recently-dismantled Infinity Gauntlet. In his process, Magus created doppelgangers of Earth's heroes, and even Thanos' own duplicate, as a part of his plan to recreate the universe into his own image, a universe of eternal and infinite wickedness. In the very end of the conflict, Warlock and the rest of the Infinity Watch, joined by the members of the Guardians, (including the Mad Titan Thanos) had successfully defeated the Magus through the help of their extensive ally, the Goddess (who also happens to be Warlock's good and noble portion), putting him in a catatonic state after he was finally imprisoned inside the Soul Stone's realm, the Soulworld, before parting ways as Warlock disbands the Infinity Watch, at least for now.
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- Awesome Mix Vol. 1
- Awesome Mix Vol. 2 (formerly; destroyed)
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- Milano (formerly; destroyed)
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