During the course of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the audience learns that Yondu Udonta, everyone’s favorite blue space-whistler, was once a member of a superteam of Ravagers, a sort of original Guardians of the Galaxy. We see Yondu interact with former teammates Stakar and Martinex, who talk about putting the band back together during one of the film’s (many) after-credits scenes. It seems obvious that Star-Lord’s team isn’t the first to guard the galaxy, and that matches up quite well with comic continuity.
When the Guardians of the Galaxy was first published by Marvel Comics in 1969, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot were nowhere to be seen. Instead, Yondu, Martinex, and other weird aliens made up the Guardians of the Galaxy that fought for cosmic justice in the year 3000. Although set far into the future, the team ended up making several trips back in time to interact with more familiar heroes. They were the direct inspiration for Star-Lord’s contemporary team, despite the fact they formed more than a millennium after he was born. To make matters more confusing, the original Guardians took their inspiration from the Avengers of the 20th century, with some direct analogues present on the roster. So, let's get caught up on the other members of the Guardians of the Galaxy.