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Guarding the Galaxy

Guarding the Galaxy: Iron Man

Brian Bendis welcomes Tony Stark to his newest team!

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 cover by Steve McNiven

By Jim Beard

In the new, ongoing GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY series, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Steve McNiven introduce a team of unlikely heroes who not only protect our solar system but the entirety of outer space.

To say the Guardians’ work’s cut out for them would be an understatement.

So what kind of person willingly tackles such a titanic task? What stripe of hero can rise to the challenge of a job that dwarfs that of the Avengers’ defense of the Earth alone? In anticipation of the release of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1, out March 27, we asked Bendis to define the characteristics of each member of the team and illuminate within them what it takes to be a Guardian.

In the final part of our series, we look at Iron Man. A self-made man and one of Earth’s greatest super heroes, Tony Stark constantly upgrades his armor to go beyond the cutting edge of technology.

Marvel.com: Iron Man might seem like a surprising new member of the team. Why is Tony Stark with the Guardians of the Galaxy? Does he deserve to be there?

Brian Michael Bendis: He does deserve to be there. He’s in a place at his life where he needs to get a larger perspective on things. He’s a self-proclaimed futurist. He’s the one that’s looking 10 years down the line to see what Earth is going to need and then inventing it.

Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1 preview art by Steve McNiven

He got to a place on Earth where he realized that “I need to look wider. I need to leave Earth and look back at it. The Guardians are the perfect example. They are friends, if I stick with them I’ll look at everything in a different perspective. And if the Earth is such a problem right now, this is the perfect place to be. I can head stuff off at the path instead of just dealing with it as it hits us. That sounds like a great idea.”

Marvel.com: Will his ties to Earth be the strongest of all on the team?

Brian Michael Bendis: I think it’s equal to Peter’s but obviously that’s where all his stuff is.

Marvel.com: And, conversely, can Tony care enough about everything outside of the Earth?

Brian Michael Bendis: Of course! Tony’s cavalier attitude is just a mask. He cares deeply about everything. As someone who’s a technologist and a futurist, to be out there in space with all these alien technologies to look at, examine, or pick at, this is great stuff. This is like a kid in a candy store. He grew up watching “Star Trek.” Who doesn’t want to be Captain Kirk? Meet and greet green ladies. He’s literally been in a relationship of some sort with every single person in the Marvel Universe. He needs to expand into green and blue ladies. I think that is going to backfire on him in a huge way. I can guarantee it.

Marvel.com: With that said, there’s no guilt in his mind about dividing his time between Avenger-ing and hanging with the Guardians?

Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1 variant cover by Ed McGuinness

Brian Michael Bendis: No, it’s a working vacation. Let’s put it that way. He’s working, but sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone—much like the writer of this book. Leave your comfort zone and go and try different things.

Marvel.com: Who of the other team members is going to be his greatest challenges to work with?

Brian Michael Bendis: Gamora. [Laughs] I have a scene coming up between him and Gamora that is one of my favorite things ever. There’s also something about the raccoon knowing everything about modern space technology. Tony is used to being the smartest guy in the room, but Rocket Raccoon is smarter than him. He just knows more stuff.

Marvel.com: That can’t sit well with someone like Tony…

Bendis: Exactly, he hasn’t gotten used to the feeling.


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