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.