Michael Rodio '12 | June 16, 2015
Years before Guardians of the Galaxy unexpectedly charmed its way across the silver screen — before the movie made $774 million, the biggest film of last summer, starring a gun-toting raccoon and a talking tree named Groot who repeated “I am Groot” in Vin Diesel’s voice — the galaxy’s unlikeliest heroes first entered the imagination of an editor at Marvel Comics named Bill Rosemann.
One night in the winter of 2006, Rosemann ’93 was sitting on his living room floor, searching the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe for existing Marvel characters he could cobble together to form a new team of cosmic heroes. He already had the team’s name — Guardians of the Galaxy debuted in 1969, albeit with different faces. When he rediscovered Rocket Raccoon, a jetpack-wearing space raccoon irreverently named after a song off the Beatles’ White Album, it seemed like a good place to start.