Cosmos dog has finally officially joined the Guardians of the Galaxy team in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after participating in the battle with the villain High Evolutionary. This can be seen as a new and great addition after a series of Guardians pillars decided to leave the team, including “Star-Lord” Peter Quill. However, compared to the original comic book, Cosmo has had a lot of changes in appearance as well as personality.
Besides, the appearance of Cosmo the Space Dog also continues to maintain a familiar “tradition” of the Guardians of the Galaxy series. That is exploiting talking animal characters, besides Rocket Raccoon. The third film even welcomes the return of Howard the Duck, along with many of Rocket’s childhood friends like the otter Lylla, the walrus Teefs, and the Rabbit Floor.
Origin of Cosmo in Marvel Comics
Cosmo the Space Dog first appeared in the Nova Vol. 4 #8 by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, released in 2008. Cosmo’s background was an ordinary dog on Earth and gradually developed superior intelligence after a long time traveling in space. Cosmo is inspired by the dog Laika – an experimental subject that was sent into space by the Russians in 1957, but did not have luck in the process.
In the comics, Cosmo landed on the planet Knowhere and, along with the superhero Nova, helped form the Guardians of the Galaxy team. After that, Cosmo went on to become the founder dog of the Annihilators, a cosmic superhero team that served as an endless source of inspiration for Star-Lord. All of this has made Cosmo a strong and reliable ally of many of the key characters in Marvel, especially Richard Rider and Peter Quill.
Decoding the power of Cosmo
Cosmo is an ordinary dog born in the 60s of the 20th century. During the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union in the context of the Cold War, Cosmo was selected as a test subject for space travel plans. However, instead of perishing like Laika, Cosmo was lucky to survive and float in the vast universe.
Since then, Cosmo has been exposed to strange cosmic rays that gave the Fantastic Four superpowers. And so from an ordinary dog, Cosmo suddenly possessed many telepathic abilities, psychic abilities, remote control of objects, and human-level intelligence. Cosmo also has a lot of different skills such as mind control, camouflage or creating different psychological and spiritual fields. In addition, the Cosmo’s lifespan is also longer than any other common dog breed.
Cosmo’s power was also partially demonstrated in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, when this dog can use telepathy to control the stone to fly to the desired target. And in the film’s climax, it was Cosmo’s superpower that helped the Guardians protect the planet Knowhere from the High Evolutionary’s attack.
Differences between Cosmo in the comics and Cosmo in the MCU
In the original Marvel comics, Cosmo is a brown, labrador retriever, with a stoic personality and a lot of difficulty with communication skills – partly due to being from Earth, and partly also for the language from his home country. Cosmo has often worn the only spacesuit ever since his time in space, and is also a very angry creature.
In the short films Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Cosmo is a bitch, voiced by Maria Bakalova. Compared to the original, Cosmo is more innocent, innocent, friendly and approachable, and can also speak English more fluently to communicate with others.
In terms of plot, Cosmo is not the head of Knowhere in the MCU, nor has he come into contact with anyone from the Nova Legion. Instead, this dog was a prisoner of The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1. When the Power Stone destroyed The Collector’s abode, Cosmo decided to stay with the character before befriending and accompanying the Guardians.
It’s possible that the adventures with the Guardians were the first time Cosmo enjoyed true freedom after leaving Earth. That’s why the movie version is so much more innocent than the mature, experienced version in the comics.
Cosmo’s role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
It is no coincidence that Cosmo is further exploited in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. This movie has brought a lot of different talking animals, genetically modified animals. In the first solo movie of the Guardians, Rocket Raccoon once shared that the process of becoming “a raccoon in a trash can” was extremely harsh, with both physical and mental pain. God. That makes Rocket always feel lonely and have many trust problems with others.
As the center of the 3rd movie, Rocket has been exposed to more animals with similar fates. That includes Cosmo the Space Dog. Although this character duo did not like each other when they first met, the animosity between them was thoroughly resolved in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.
Cosmo plays a back role at Knowhere, and is also an effective protector of the planet. With the psychic ability to control matter with the mind, Cosmo has repeatedly rescued the Guardians’ base, and is always ready to rescue them when needed, such as during the fight with the High Evolutionary .
Is Cosmo a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy team?
In the comics, Cosmo is a member of the Knowhere Corps, a cosmic superhero team that includes members such as Moondragon (daughter of Drax), Bug, Mantis, and Prism. Their mission is to keep the planet Knowhere safe.
Before that, as mentioned above, Cosmo was the founder of Annihilators, with many big names like Silver Surfer, Beta Ray Bill, Gladiator, Quasar, Ikon and even Ronan the Accuser. Although never an official member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Cosmo has always been a close ally of this squad, as well as a trusted friend of Star-Lord and his teammates for many years. .
That was completely changed in the movie version. Cosmo does not join any other superhero organization, and the first team that this dog joins is the new Guardians of the Galaxy. This was partly demonstrated in the short film Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. And after a series of pillars left the team, Cosmo continued to stick with the Guardians to be able to protect the vast galaxy. Cosmo could also be an important catalyst for Marvel Studios to bring teams like the Annihilators or Knowhere Corps into its cinematic universe.