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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Travel to ‘Planet Venom’

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Cover by Nick Bradshaw/Source: Mtv News

The Guardians of the Galaxy will have their hands full this November when they travel to a planet inhabited entirely by symbiotes! Earlier today, Marvel announced the release of an upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy story arc entitled “Planet of the Symbiotes.” Brian Michael Bendis is set to write this three issue arc in collaboration with an artist new to the title, Valerio Schiti.

Since the Venom symbiote’s comic book debut in 1984, this is the first time that fans will get a look at its history and origin beyond the original Spiderman story.

“I looked it up and I was like no, there’s been a planet we’ve seen taken over by symbiotes, but have we not seen the planet of the symbiotes?” Bendis said. “I called [Marvel Senior Vice President Of Publishing] Tom Brevoort, I go, could it be that even in the craziness of the ’90s when it was Venom, Venom, Venom every five seconds, that this story has not been told? And he goes, yeah we’ve never been there. And I’m like, now I have to do it! It’s crazy.”

Now I know what you’re thinking, “This sounds like an awesome story for the big screen! Guardians of the Galaxy 2, maybe?!”  Yes, this would make an awesome Hollywood movie. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen. At least not in the near future.

Marvel’s summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy is still doing well in the box office, and Sony has a Venom movie in the works. But as of now, “Planet of the Symbiotes” wouldn’t fly in the cinematic universe because different studios own the rights to the different characters.

“At least for now, the legality of copyright and trademark would make certain storylines impossible in the movies,” Bendis told MTV News, the outlet that broke this news. “I like doing it for the comics!”

I, for one, am excited to see the direction that Bendis will take this story. Venom is my favorite Spiderman villain, and I’d love to learn more about his origin and backstory.

The symbiotic goodness begins with “Guardians of the Galaxy #21″ in November. Make sure to pick up your copy when it hits the shelves.

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Marvel Premiers Female Thor on “The View”

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On this morning’s episode of The View, Marvel Comics released some big news.  Popular comic book character Thor is being replaced by a female predecessor!  It is still unclear as to whether character change will take place in an all new title, Thor: God of Thunder, or a different project.

The only thing we do know is that Thor will make a foolish mistake, and that will cause him to lose his hammer. He is no longer worthy of wielding Mjolnir (his magical hammer), so he must pass it on to a female character.  The identity of the new character is unknown.  It is rumored that she is someone who Thor saved in the past, so she chooses to model her own identity as a superhero after him.  She will even keep the name ‘Thor’ despite her gender.

More to come on this breaking story as details emerge!

Update:  The new character is part of a brand new series simply titled Thor.  Marvel’s “Thor #1” will debut in October, from the creative team Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman.

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