With Dormammu bringing his army to the Marvel Universe, Hulking has been forced to call upon an unlikely ally in Guardians of the Galaxy.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy #16, available now from Marvel.
Dormammu, using Ego the Planet, has finally broken into the core Marvel Universe, and has unleashed the full weight of his power against the galaxy. The Guardians of the Galaxy are doing their best to hold their own against the mystical assault, but they’re going to need all the help they can get — even from some that they’d otherwise call enemies.
And in Guardians of the Galaxy #16 by Al Ewing, Juan Frigeri, Federico Blee & VC’s Cory Petit, that includes their new recruit Doctor Doom, as well as one of the antagonists of Empyre — Captain Glory.
Captain Glory made his first appearance in Avengers #676 by Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Mark Waid, and Pepe Larraz as part of the “No Surrender” storyline. Real name Glah-Ree, Captain Glory was one of the aliens recruited to the Grandmaster’s Lethal Legion — with the Kree warrior proving his worth in battle against both the Avengers and the Black Order. Effectively gifted with the same powers as Mar-Vell and Captain Marvel (enhanced strength and durability, along with the ability to fly and shoot energy blasts), Captain Glory was essentially the leader of the Lethal Legion until they broke up. Returning to the Kree Empire, he quickly became a member of the newly dubbed Emperor Hulking’s Royal Guard and served at his side during the course of Empyre.
During the battle with the Cotati however, he became disillusioned with Hulking’s moral side winning out over strategically sound (but ethically horrifying) tactics. He assisted in R’Kll’s attempt to kidnap and impersonate Hulking, which would have resulted in the destruction of the Earth in the conflict. He did this in hope of sowing discord between the two alien armadas, seeking a return to the Kree-Skrull War that had defined him. At the end of the conflict, Hulking sent Captain Glory to prison — where the Kree warrior promises to return to his emperor’s service. Hulking likely hoped such a day would be far away — but that’s not the case. The coming of Dormammu has led to a massive assault all over the galaxy, with Hulking and his husband Wiccan working together to repel an attack of Mindless Ones on the Throne-World.
While Wiccan ventures to the Skrull homeworld to lead the defense of that planet, Hulking remains behind to fight for the Throneworld. However, he also orders that Captain Glory be released from prison to assist in the battle, with his power and experience making him a valuable asset in the conflict. While his powers definitely make him a worthy warrior, and his loyalty to the Kree Empire means he’s unlikely to try and betray them to work with Dormammu, Captain Glory’s history has to give the heroes clear pause. He’s a potentially dangerous figure, and someone who might turn on his allies if he sees an opening to cause chaos for the Kree/Skrull alliance.
However, there’s also the concern of the final moments of Empyre. That series briefly jumped ahead in its final pages, revealing that Captain Glory will die in glorious battle near Hulking, who will have lost his faith in Earth — only to be saved by S.W.O.R.D., who’s already been called upon to assist in the fight. It’s possible that this portent is about to come to fruition, and that Captain Glory — Hulking’s ultimate emergency weapon — won’t have long on the battlefield.
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