They may both be heroes, but Star-Lord and Captain America have very different views on what’s important, especially when it comes to Thanos. While Peter Quill may be seen as a cosmic rogue by his colleagues on Earth, there’s a situation where he’s ready to uphold Steve Rogers like never before.
In the comic book event Infinity, Thanos uses the opportunity for the Avengers to be off-world to attack Earth and is ultimately defeated by his son Thane, who seals him in supernatural amber, frozen in the living dead. The Marvel Illuminati then take Thanos’ body and hide it from the world, leading to Thanos’ subsequent release and his ravaging of the multiverse alongside his evil Cabal. However, a What if…? the comic shows what would have happened if the Guardians of the Galaxy learned that the Illuminati had Thanos, and shows the ensuing conflict between the two teams.
What if? Infinity – Guardians of the Galaxy #1 by Joshua Williamson and Jason Copland ends with a coalition of cosmic heroes and villains banding together to finally truly slay Thanos. As leader of the group, Star-Lord calls out the Illuminati for lying to the galaxy at large and officially founds the entire planet, stating that humans have shown that they cannot be trusted to influence events on d other planets. As Captain America tries to assert his usual authority, Peter Quill dismisses the attempt, saying, “Listen, you’re Captain America and you’re protecting…what, like a few million square miles?” I protect all space. , like… Captain Space. So I’m sure I’ve outclassed you. »
Thanos causes a major split between Star-Lord and Captain America
Star-Lord’s insult isn’t an uncommon sentiment among cosmic Marvel characters. In Nova Vol 4 #2 by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Sean Chen, Richard Rider expresses something similar when told about Marvel’s Civil War by Tony Stark. Nova rightly takes aim at the heroes of Stark and Earth for focusing on their relatively myopic Earth feuds while Marvel’s cosmic heroes fought to literally save the entire universe during the Annihilation event. . Due to the major character changes in line with the MCU as a result of this event, many fans forget that Peter Quill is a veteran of this galaxy-spanning conflict, sacrificing and suffering immensely to end it. Rather than being Captain America’s junior, he’s a fellow soldier who generally operates with a much larger worldview and recognizes Thanos as a threat to all life the galaxy has a right to face.
It’s rare that Marvel chooses to portray Captain America in a negative light, but the issue treats Star-Lord’s decision – at least in the short term – as a sensible call that the rest of the galaxy celebrates. In the Marvel mainstream, Peter’s evil father has also attempted to “ground” the planet, casting Star-Lord’s Decree in a more negative light, especially given how many times the Avengers have saved the entire planet. reality – something they also accomplished in Infinity. However, in the issue itself, Star-Lord rightly explains how the Illuminati’s secrecy has put everyone in danger (and would continue to do so, in the unfolding timeline), even though “Captain Space has to yell at Captain America to take stock.