Thought it would be helpful to compile a list of all the storylines that Gunn and co. could possibly pull from for use in the films. As we know, even though Marvel Studios' movies use original stories, very little of what happens in their films don't happen in the comics. Almost every major plot point in the Avengers can be traced back to the comics. Same with Iron Man, Cap, and Thor. Therefore, this list should give us a good template to pick and choose from in terms of what Marvel will be doing. Feel free to post some more possible storylines I may have missed. -Marvel Preview #4: Star-Lord's origin story Self-explanatory. They'll cut out a lot of the cheese like the Master of the Sun, but the same concept of Quill being an astronaut/pilot who ends up in space will be the same. -The Original Thanos Saga - Iron Man #55, Captain Marvel #25-29, Marvell Feature #12, Daredevil #107, Captain Marvel #30-33, Avengers #125: Starts in Iron Man 55. Drax sends a distress signal to Iron Man as he is being held captive by Thanos. Iron Man comes to help and they defeat a decoy of Thanos. Explains Drax was created for the sole purpose of killing Thanos. It is also explained that Thanos led a genocide against his home world with an army of aliens he gathered in order to impress Death. He then came to Earth seeking the Cosmic Cube in order to gain universal power. After Drax and Iron Man escape, Thanos then plots against Captain Marvel in order to gain possession of the Cosmic Cube, and once he obtains it he becomes near omnipotent, but he is eventually defeated by Captain Marvel and the Avengers. The entire Avengers movie can be seen as a loose reference to the latter half of the story, where Thanos comes to Earth seeking the Cosmic Cube. In the movie, of course, he uses his alien army to invade the planet through Loki and needs the Cube in order to reach Earth. In the Guardians film I'm only expecting Thanos and Drax's backgrounds to be used, in slightly altered ways. The Iron Man bit will probably be represented in the IM3 after-credits scene. -The Magus Saga - Strange Tales #178-181, Warlock #9-11, Marvel Team-Up #55, Avengers Annual #7, Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2 Introduces and explains Gamora's background and uses the Universal Church of Truth and Magus as the primary antagonists. Thanos and Gamora help Adam Warlock to take down the Church and Magus. Thanos betrays them at the end and uses Warlock's soul gem along with the other Infinity gems to create a weapon that can destroy a star so he can reunite with Death. Warlock calls the Avengers to stop him. I think the main conflict of the film will be primarily based off of this storyline, with changes made to properly incorporate the other Guardians. If not the main conflict, then they will at least keep Gamora's background as being an orphan who was taken in by Thanos after he wiped out her race. Interestingly, Joss Whedon has specifically talked about the Avengers Annual and Marve Two-In-One Annual event issues in an interview about why Thanos showed up at the end of the Avengers...that's probably more relevant to Avengers 2 though of course. Also, Gamora technically dies at the end of this storyline...keep that in mind. -The Thanos Quest: Thanos sets out to collect the Infinity Gems on behest of Death in order to create the Infinity Gauntlet. If Thanos is doing anything in the film it will be related to gathering the Infinity Gems in order to get to Earth and challenge the Avengers. His journey won't be anything like the one in Thanos Quest, but it will be the same basic concept. The question is whether or not that means working with or against the Guardians...or more specifically Star-Lord I guess. -Annihilation: The event that brought the Guardians together. Don't think the movie will really be anything like Annihilation (it really can't) but the idea of this galactic event that nearly brought the galaxy down causing Star-Lord to assemble the Guardians will be the same. Some things like Thanos teaming up with certain people for his own goals which influence this galactic conflict could also be used. -The Thanos Imperative: If there's any storyline in DnA's run that will influence the film, it's this one. It can't be a straight up adaptation of course, but it would work well in some ways alongside Jim Starlin's original Magus Saga storyline as a lot of the story elements are similar (the Magus, Thanos, and Universal Church of Truth all being involved in the storyline). The plot itself as a basis won't work at all as Thanos is resurrected by the Church and such, but the concept of the Guardians having a direct confrontation with Thanos could and most likely will be used in the film. Only problem with this is that Marvel runs the risk of diluting either Thanos, who is supposed to be the big bad in Avengers 2, or the Guardians, who would look pretty silly and weak if they were to beaten in their first film together. Because of this I'm not sure if the Imperative is a proper storyline to use in the film outside of some very little conflict between Drax and Thanos. This seems more appropriate for a second film. However, after further thought, I can see why Marvel would hire a director like Gunn to helm this if they were planning for something like this to happen...a major theme of Thano's character is death and nihilism. A movie that has Thanos in it without death wouldn't seem right. I know a lot of people don't think the Guardians should be beaten much less killed, but don't be surprised if one or two of them go down.