If you're excited about the imminent release of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, you can whet your appetite with new episodes of the animated spin-off show, Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy on Disney XD (CH 707). While not officially sanctioned as being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the show nonetheless features all the main characters and serves as a continuation of the plot of the original movie.
The cartoons have already featured several characters familiar from previous Marvel movies (such as Thor and Loki), as well as characters from future projects (e.g. the Inhumans and Mantis, who's in Guardians Vol. 2), but it also showcases plenty of other comic’s characters we'd love to see in future Guardians movies. We've listed a few of them below.
1. Cosmo the Space Dog
Space suit-wearing, telepathic Soviet dog Cosmo did actually make two brief appearances in the Guardians Of The Galaxy movie (he's visible in The Collector's collection and he shows up in the post-credits scene), but neither sequence showcased either his true abilities or his thick Russian accent. The cartoon more than makes up for this oversight, as the character appears in several episodes as the head of security on the space station Knowhere (which also appeared in the film). In the comics, Cosmo becomes a fully-fledged member of the Guardians, though two talking animals on one team is probably pushing it for the movies.
2. Fin Fang Foom
Giant alien dragon Fin Fang Foom has appeared in several previous Marvel cartoons, including Iron Man, Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble. In the comics he's frequently a villain in Iron Man and Thor comics, sporting super-strength, the power of supersonic flight and significant telepathic abilities. In the Guardians oOf The Galaxy cartoon, he's captured by The Collector and then wreaks havoc when the Guardians accidentally release him.
3. The Grandmaster
One of the oldest living beings in the universe, The Grandmaster is a cosmic game player, whose preferred game is pitting two opposing teams against each other for his own amusement. In the episode “Take the Milano and Run”, The Grandmaster pits Drax and Gamora against each other, and is later revealed to be The Collector's brother. The character already exists in the MCU, because Jeff Goldblum is playing him in Thor: Ragnarok, so an appearance in a future Guardians Of The Galaxy movie is a definite possibility.
Titus is a one-eyed white tiger alien who serves as a member of the Nova Corps, the intergalactic police force that featured in the 2014 Guardians Of The Galaxy movie. In the cartoon, Titus appears in several episodes as a frequent antagonist to the Guardians. Essentially, he's a corrupt cop with a vendetta against the Guardians in general and Star-Lord in particular. He'd make an excellent adversary in a future Guardians movie, providing the CGI and make-up departments can manage the whole walking-talking tiger thing.
5. The Black Order
The Black Order are a group of supervillains who were recruited by Thanos in the comics to act as his enforcers. Members of The Black Order include: super-strong Corvus Glaive (who's rumoured to be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War), impenetrable-skinned Black Dwarf, super-genius Ebony Maw, master fighter Promxima Midnight and telepathic Supergiant, who can also increase her size. They make a number of appearances in the cartoon and there's a running joke whereby Supergiant is portrayed as an angry former girlfriend of Star-Lord's. It makes perfect sense for the Guardians to go up against another super-team in a future movie, so the Black Order are, ahem, made to order.
6. Blackjack O'Hare and Wal Rus
In the comics, Blackjack O'Hare is a cruel and ruthless mercenary bunny rabbit who's a frequent enemy of Rocket. By contrast, Wal Rus (an evolved walrus) is an ally of Rocket's and the uncle of Rocket's girlfriend, Lylla. In the episode “We Are Family”, Rocket is abducted and taken to his home planet, Halfworld, where all the animals have become just as enhanced as he has. Blackjack and Wal Rus feature in the episode as henchmen to Pyko, an evolved turtle leading a rebellion against the Halfworld Robots who accelerated their evolution. That plot may be too weird for a future movie, but if the films ever explore Rocket's background, they'd make for fun supporting characters.
7. Rocket's family
Rocket's family – including his nagging mother, less-than-impressed sister and hero brother Ranger – have never appeared in the comics, but they're a lot of fun in their cartoon appearance. There's also a surprisingly emotional element to their appearance in “We Are Family” which we won't spoil here, but don't be surprised if it brings an unexpected tear to your eye.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy airs on Disney XD (CH 707) Also available after broadcast in Catch Up > Channels > Disney XD.