A new hit classic from the world of Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy, will have a crossover with the legendary X-Men characters in a series of comics slated for release early next year. The new title is called The Black Vortex and will spin-off into may more books with ongoing plot lines.
The Black Vortex #1 is written by Sam Humphries and will be illustrated by Ed McGuinness. The comic is said to bring together a slew of Marvel’s most cherished heroes with a new and completely original story line. The adventure that said heroes embark on in the Black Vortex series revolves around a powerful artifact that has emerged in the universe. The artifact is said to contain the ability to grant its holder’s fondest wishes in addition to bestowing a magnificent amount of strength and power. The series’ heroes will clash with not only the story’s villains, but with each other in hopes of overcoming the artifacts corruptive nature.
Famous characters from the Marvel universe are abundant in this latest installment. Of course the likes of the five Guardians of the Galaxy heroes Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Groot and Rocket Raccoon will be evident as well as iconic X-Men such as Wolverine and Cyclops, but there are many more super figures that will be included. Nova and Captain Marvel are among said figures that will play vital roles in the series.
Guardians of the Galaxy has amounted to a huge success garnering over $653 million in worldwide box office sales. On an international note, the Chinese release of the film occurred on Oct. 12 and in order to fit into the marketability of the Chinese language, the movie’s title had to be changed. The translation of the Chinese title to English literally translates to “Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team”, a rather comical name to American audiences.
The film’s success has led to the announcement of an official sequel that is scheduled for release sometime in 2017. The project has already acquired an “in-development” status and is most likely to include all of the first film’s principal cast. Sequels to Marvel’s films have proved to be very successful, with nearly every major super hero movie receiving at least one film succeeding the initial effort. The Tobey Maguire version of Spider-Man received three films and the revamped Andrew Garfield edition is set to have at least three as well. Other heroes like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor have all received multiple films too.
The Guardians of the Galaxy craze does not limit itself to comic books and feature films, the franchise is slated to receive a TV show adaptation in 2015. Disney Channel XD will air the show alongside Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Rebels. With Lucasfilm and Marvel both being a partnered company with the Disney brand, it seems that the tri-force of companies is taking the entertainment world by storm.
While the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise will have their crossover with the popular X-Men, Marvel fanatics simply cannot contain themselves. The Black Vortex is slated for release in February of 2015 and will keep the comic book connoisseurs on the edge of their seats until then.
By Cody Collier