Beyond Guardians of the Galaxy: Other cosmic characters perfect for Disney Infinity
by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jul 29, 2014 2:30PM PDT
Now that Disney has officially announced its Guardians of the Galaxy representation in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, it's thrown open the doors to the entire universe of Marvel characters. With characters like Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, and the previously announced Nova gracing the kid-friendly franchise, we thought of a few other cosmic Marvel characters we'd love to see battling it out in the Disney sandbox.
The Herald of Galactus has gotten representation in one terrible movie, but he hasn't quite lived up to his breakout star potential. Inclusion in Disney Infinity would be a comfortable fit, as he could use the flying movement type used by the Iron Man figure, and it would be fun to mop up goons weilding the Power Cosmic. Better yet, it would give Disney the opportunity to experiment with some different paint types on the figure itself, by utilizing a more metallic finish to capture the Surfer's sheen.
Destined for his own film treatment, Earth's Sorceror Supreme has to join the ranks of Disney Infinity eventually. He's more a magical character than a cosmic one, but Marvel blurs those edges more often than not. His movement type doesn't fit neatly into any of the types described in Marvel Super Heroes, as his incantations usually work more like teleportation. Still, he's a unique character on his own and the sharp angles of his cloak would make for an excellent figurine to collect.
If Stitch is a character in Disney Infinity, certainly we can make room for another four-legged troublemaker. Cosmo the Space Dog is a citizen of Knowhere, and is considered a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. He even appears as the HQ contact in the recently-released GotG mobile game. His position as a facilitator might make him a better Power Disc than a playable character, but we'd still have to argue in favor of the full figure treatment. Who doesn't want to play as a dog with a thick Russian accent?
Another magical character, Warlock is one of the few who stands toe-to-toe with Dr. Strange. Given that the movies are pretty blatantly hinting at the Infinity Gauntlet storyline, Warlock will need to be included at some point, and that means he should make it to the game as well. His base powers might be redundant with Dr. Strange, but if it follows the comics closely enough, he'll ultimately gain temporary possession of the Infinity Gauntlet. That grants him power as a near-supreme being, which sounds like one heck of a creative way to tie into the sandbox mode.
Uatu the Watcher
Uatu may not show his powers or abilities, or even be able to participate, but he's such a presence in Marvel's cosmic lore that he has to make an appearance somehow. Maybe as a Power Disc, maybe as a cameo, but in some way we need to feel Uatu's watchful gaze keeping an eye over the proceedings. We doubt Disney could get away with making him a full character, though, unless we all agree that it's hilarious to charge $14.99 for a figurine that isn't allowed to do anything.
If Disney Infinity is introducing Marvel villains, why not the one pulling the strings? All indications are that both Loki from The Avengers and Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxy are working, perhaps inadvertently, to further Thanos' goals. The entirety of the Marvel film universe is setting him up as the main antagonist for The Avengers 3. If Disney is aiming for yearly Disney Infinity releases, Thanos has to be included when he starts to gain notoriety in the film universe.
Howard the Duck
Technically Howard the Duck is a cosmic character, and he's traveled to space on more than one occasion. Mostly, though, we'd just like to see Disney officially recognize the bizarre character now that they officially own him. It's a wonder the company didn't sue Marvel for what appears to be a dead ringer for Donald Duck.