The latest issue of Guardians of the Galaxy just made a big change to the greatest villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy # 14 by Al Ewing, Juan Frigeri, Federico Blee, and VC’s Cory Petit, out now.
The Guardians of the Galaxy are growing bigger than ever, and they are so large that the Marvel group has divided their numbers into two teams, one led by Nova and the other by Phyla-Vell. The latest team of Guardians found a Skrull fire cult on a mysterious planet planning the arrival of a deity after a ritual sacrifice, discovering that one of Marvel’s most distinctive beings is also a true believer.
On Guardians of the Galaxy # 14, the Guardians also discovered that the mysterious planet was actually Ego, the Living Planet, who was not only a member of the cult, but also held the key to bringing the deity to the Marvel Universe.
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Phyla-Vell’s Guardian team, which included Marvel Boy, Drax the Destroyer, and Quasar, were all on the planet, watching the cult brew. These Guardians watched as the cult’s Skrull leader, Sister Talionis, spoke about “The One Who Waits” and the sacrifices that would open some dark door. From the Hulking Emperor’s base of operations, Super Skrull revealed the constellation legends that could summon a dark power. The Guardians realized that the planet they were on had a perfect view of the three stars needed for the ritual, as well as an atmosphere in which they could survive.
However, the mysterious world revealed itself as Ego, the Living Planet. The ego was also part of the cult and was preparing for the arrival of the deity, just like the cultists on its surface. He attacked the Guardians of the Galaxy, announcing that the prophecy would come after a sacrifice. Ego also revealed that he was simply a herald of the god that everyone worshiped. According to Living Planet, the god would come from beyond space and was a being much larger than himself. The Guardians escaped the planet before the sacrifice began, while the cultists screamed in pain and the Ego turned black, similar to an “insect egg”.
Given all those descriptors, it seems incredibly likely that this cult is dedicated to Annihilus, the insectoid ruler of the Negative Zone who crushed the cosmic Marvel Universe in the iconic Annihilation crossover.
Ego was last seen in 2019 Asgardians of the Galaxy # 7 by Cullen Bunn, Stefano Landini and Matteo Buffagni. The Living Planet was also the antagonist of this story, although he was under the influence of his brother / moon Alter-Ego, who in turn was being controlled by Chargazel, the leader of the Raiders.
Ego proved honorable at the end of that story, helping a group of refugees and working with the Asgardians. However, he is now working directly with diabolical forces, although it is unclear if his actions are his own or if he is once again being controlled. In any case, Ego has undergone a serious change, transforming from a living world that breathes into an egg of some kind, with any hatching that will surely be a world-destroying threat.
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