If the good guys in "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy" are a ragtag group of assassins, murderers, thieves, and jerks, then you just know that the bad guys in the movie have to be even worse. Thankfully the film meets those expectations with a varied assortment of outright villains, rogues, and mercenaries all at odds with the main GOTG cast. A lot of attention so far has been focused on Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket, so we thought we'd give the film's bad side some much-needed attention. After all, these are five characters that you don't want to make angry!
The Kree warrior known to Marvel fans as Ronan the Accuser makes his big screen debut in the film, alongside the biggest, baddest hammer not found in Asgard. Ronan made his comic book debut way back in a 1967 issue of FANTASTIC FOUR, wherein he arrives on Earth to judge the titular team--and judge them harshly--but his adversarial ways became a bit more heroic when he took the lead role in this 2006 limited series, ANNIHILATION: RONAN.
While calling the Collector a super villain might be a bit of an overstatement, the guy definitely only has his best interests—a.k.a. his collection—in mind. In this early appearance, this Elder of the Universe sought to add some heavy-hitter Avengers to his trophy room by tricking them into participating in a Halloween parade. Sure that all sounds like fun and games, but just ask any being in the Collector's museum how much "fun" they're having!
Yondu's not in this game for any ideals, he just follows the money in "Guardians of the Galaxy." Whether or not that payday comes when he's with or against the Guardians remains to be seen. Yondu's comic book alter ego is slightly more altruistic; after all, he's a founding member of the Guardians of the 31st Century. You can check out the original interpretation of Yondu in this time-traveling tale depicting Thor's first trip to the far-flung future.
While she may stand alongside Ronan in "Guardians of the Galaxy," the woman called Nebula has taken on the Avengers all by herself on a number of occasions in the comics. Her madness and dreams of conquest have nearly destroyed the galaxy by unmaking existence itself! Nebula's a very dangerous foe, as evidenced in this issue when she takes on a team of super heroes single-handedly.
As a member of the Kree's Starforce, Korath has engaged the Avengers in head to head combat. The guy's also a bit of a genius; he worked as a cyber-geneticist for the Kree Empire, creating cybernetic warriors as part of his Pursuer Project. Korath took on the mantle of Pursuer when he endowed himself with all of his cybernetic enhancements, thus making himself a worthy ally to Ronan--a role he plays in the feature film.
Don't miss "Guardians of the Galaxy" in theaters this Friday, August 1!