Who are the Asgardians of the Galaxy? Writer Cullen Bunn explains.
Spiraling out of the events of the INFINITY WARS, the Guardians of the Galaxy are no more.
In their place, a new team rises to look after the universe: the Asgardians of the Galaxy.
On September 5, an epic space opera by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Matteo Lolli begins, as Angela, Valkyrie, Skurge the Executioner, Throg the frog Thor, the Destroyer, and Thunderstrike join together for a larger purpose.
We sat down with Bunn to get a few details about the new limited series.
Marvel.com: Cullen, what was the pitch behind this story? Without getting into spoilers, where do we find this new team at the beginning of the book?
Cullen Bunn: So, I did a search through my e-mails and found the original message I sent to [editor] Wil Moss about this story. I sent that message, proposing a spacefaring adventure book starring the Asgardians and titled ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, back in 2015. Wil and I knew we wanted to do this book straight away, but we needed to wait for the right moment. That moment, it seems, is now, as the events of INFINITY WARS leave a bit of a void when it comes to cosmic heroes.
In this story, a group of Asgardians is drawn into an intergalactic quest to stop a terrible villain (I will not reveal who just yet, but this baddie has longstanding ties to cosmic Marvel tales) from unleashing…well…something terrible upon the universe. For various reasons, though, this group of Asgardians must work without the knowledge of their peers.
Marvel.com: Why them? What brings these individuals together?
Cullen Bunn: What? Or who?
There’s another member of the initial group who remains, for the time being, a secret. When this character is revealed, it’ll baffle and surprise readers. Anyhow, this surprise character sets the Asgardians on their secret mission.
Marvel.com: Have you drawn inspiration for this book from any sources in particular?
Cullen Bunn: I drew inspiration from a number of sources. Guardians books, both classic and current. Thor stories. Classic Jim Starlin cosmic tales. Movies such as Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok”, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy”, and Star Wars. In my pitch document for the series, I listed a number of touchstones ranging from Star Trek to Firefly.