Seeing the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers cross paths has been something Marvel fans have dreamed of at least since Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters back in 2014. Long-time fans of both teams from the comics have been waiting even longer. Now, we’re just a month and a half away from that moment actually happening — but the movie might make it a little more complicated than you think.
This stems from the crux of the problem facing Marvel and specifically the movies directors, the Russo Brothers. You have about 67 characters in this movie, including 22 individual superheroes, so how do you use all of them and give them all something to do?
The answer? Split them into teams with different tasks, missions, and parts to play in the larger battle against Thanos.
We know one team is set to be Tony Stark, Doctor Strange, Wong, Bruce Banner and Spider-Man. Another looks like it will be Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, War Machine, Winter Soldier, Black Panther and others defending Wakanda.
So, where do the Guardians fit into all this? Well, they first run into Thor out in space. He’s quite literally floating around after his ship was discovered by Thanos, something we see in the end credits scene of Thor: Ragnarok. But this doesn’t mean that the Guardians are sticking together throughout the movie — in fact, it’s actually the opposite. They’ll be splitting up too: Gamora is leading her own mission, presumably with Star Lord, Mantis and Drax in tow, while Thor takes Rocket Racoon and Groot off to parts unknown.
What exactly that interesting triplet is doing, we don’t know. However, many have speculated it might have something to do with Thor’s new weapon, Stormbreaker. Rumors have swirled for months that the handle of the new hammer is made out of a branch from Groot himself.