Did you think Brian Michael Bendis stopped writing Avengers?
Not so, as the scribe tells Newsarama that his recently announced take over of Guardians of the Galaxy will be his Avengers book.
Just because of the nature of the Marvel Universe, there’s no reason why there shouldn’t be full Marvel Universe involvement in the Guardians, just like there is in Avengers. I’ve tackled this book with the agenda that this is “the cosmic Avengers.” For those who already missing me on Avengers, even though it’s still going, this will be my Avengers book, and I’m handling it with the same focus on character and team. There will be some surprises along the line, just like there were in New Avengers, when you were like, “Wow, I never saw these characters in that light.”
Interesting, it was back in 2010 at the SDCC that Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning mentioned the "Cosmic Avengers" with the crowd -- erupting.
However, Tom Brevoort stated he needed a good reason to go with the concept.
I guess the reason was already there as Bendis informs us that this has been in the planning stages for a couple years.
Everyone knows they’re making a Guardians of the Galaxy movie now, but for a while, in secret, the creative committee has been helping out Marvel Studios. For the last year or two, we’ve been going over the characters, and talking about them, and thinking about “What kind of movie would it be?” With that conversation comes, “What kind of comics should they be?” We’ve seen the DnA comics, which were really great and pushed the characters forward in such a powerful direction, but what else can you do with them?
Bendis also explains why Tony Stark is on the team and more on the "cosmic avengers" concept.
The Guardians are going to have a very specific agenda that’s much more Earth-based, even though there’s still going to be them in a spaceship guarding the galaxy, but they’re guarding the galaxy for Earth. And that’s what brings Iron Man to the team.