Michael Rooker's performance in Guardians of the Galaxy made you laugh; his character's demise in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 brought tears to your eyes. But what do you know about the Yondu Udonta of Marvel Comics? Sure, you could probably guess that he has blue skin and controls an arrow by whistling - like he does in the films - but what else do you know about this decades-old character?
For instance, did you know he was actually a member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy team? Or that he's not only from a distant future, but the distant future of a different Marvel reality than the main continuity you're familiar with? If you consider yourself a Marvel fan, you've got to check out these fun facts and surprising details. Just scroll on down to learn about this futuristic alien from Centauri-IV.
He Was A Member Of The Original Guardians Of The Galaxy
Though Yondu was an antagonist in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy and had nothing to do with that team's lineup, the character was actually a member of the original version of the team, introduced way back in 1969's Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (that's him with the bow and arrows on the far right). Along with the awesome, vaguely futuristically named lineup of Vance Astro, Charlie-27, and Martinex, Yondu routinely fought against the Badoon and protected the galaxy from evil on a regular basis.
With the newer incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy becoming bona fide superstars with their own film franchise, theme park rides, and mounds upon mounds of merchandise, this Guardians team become known in recent years as "Guardians 3000" or the "Guardians of Infinity." In the hearts of the true believers, though, these Guardians of the Galaxy will always be the heroes they think of first when they hear that name.
He Is From The Far-Flung Future Of The 31st Century
If your only experience with the Guardians characters is their representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you might be surprised to learn that the original Yondu is not from the present but the future. And not the near-future, but the distant future of the 31st century. That's the kind of time jump that would make Kang the Conqueror proud.
Of course, Yondu and his Guardian buddies being from the 31st century doesn't really jibe with Marvel Comics' whole thing of being a vast connected universe where characters run into each other all the time. Therefore, there's a lot of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey shenanigans when it comes to the Guardians' dealings over the years. Time travel is a frequent tool writers have used to bring the original Guardians into contact with modern-day heroes.
He Is Not From The Main Marvel Continuity Of Earth-616
As shown in the successful animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the Marvel multiverse is made up of numerous realities with endless possibilities offering the creative minds who come up with the stories we know and love ample freedom to realize their respective visions. These various realities are identified as different numbered "Earths," with that of the main Marvel Comics continuity being known as "Earth-616."
Yondu and the rest of the original Guardians of the Galaxy team are not actually from the same universe as the main comics' heroes. These spacefaring protectors are from the Marvel Universe of Earth-691, and while there isn't much to say about this universe outside of it not being main continuity, it is the native reality of niche Marvel fan-favorite Killraven. In fact, with both Killraven and the Guardians of the Galaxy originating from Earth-691, you could say that reality is one diehard fans have a great affinity for.
He Is A Member Of The Zatoan Tribe Of Centauri-IV
As if being from a planet called "Centauri-IV" weren't unique enough, Yondu is a member of the Zatoan tribe of that planet. According to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-to-Z Update #3, the Zatoan tribe was a group of isolationists who retreated from their ancestral forests and migrated to less hospitable lands when the humans of Earth established a colony on their planet.
Why would they do such a thing, you ask? Well, these open-minded and trusting people merely wanted "to avoid contact with humanity, regarding aliens and their technology as impure." While Yondu was initially mistrustful of Vance Astro upon meeting him, the two slowly became friends, and the blue-skinned hero learned the error of his people's ways.