James Gunn explains the gender transition of this cult character

Generally speaking controversy surrounding Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt plays a role in it. But this time the controversy comes above all from the gender change of a character from Marvel comics. And James Gunn had to speak up about it.

What we know about the film Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3

The movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be the last film in the current Guardians series, and the last film directed by James Gunn. The film, which is scheduled to premiere on May 5, 2023, will see the team face off against the master of evolutionplayed by actor Chukwudi Iwuji.

Chukwudi Iwuji.

Fan-favorite Marvel dog, outside Lucky (Pizza Dog)is none other than Cosmo the space dog who joined the film’s cast Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. And the character’s voice was even revealed.

Zoom on the cosmos

Cosmo (called “Cosmo the Space Dog” in the original version) is a character appearing in the Marvel comics. Created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, it first appears in the cartoon Nova #8, in January 2008. This fictional dog is loosely inspired by Laika, the dog from the Soviet space program and the first living creature put into orbit around the earth in 1957.

Laika, 1957.

In the comics, Cosmo is a Soviet dog telepath who was a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Cosmo has already appeared in the MCU, in a cameo, in the Collector’s Collection of the first film. Guardians of the Galaxyand was released in the end text sequencebefore repeating a sequence of images during the film’s credits Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Now it looks like Cosmo will have a bigger role in the third film since the artist’s voice has been announced.

Here’s who will vote Cosmo in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3

At San Diego Comic-Con 2022the film’s actors Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 came on stage. Maria Bakalova has also joined the returning stars and it has been revealed that she will be the voice of the space dog Cosmobut also that she was present on the set for all her scenes.

Maria Bakalova.

While Cosmo was a male dog in the comics, Gunn’s version seems to be based even more so the real story of the real Laika.

We knew that Maria Bakalova had joined the film’s cast since June 2022, but we still didn’t know which character the latter would play. Cosmo’s role in the film’s plot is still unknown, but the inclusion of the high evolutionary, known for his animal experiments in the comics, could be an indication of how Cosmo will be introduced in this story. What’s more, the High Evolutionary is probably related as well Rocket’s originwhich could create some sort of connection between the latter and Cosmo.

Cosmo and Rocket in the Guardians of the Galaxy video game.

However, it is not the scenario that is currently being questioned by fans, but actually the choice of the actress who lends his voice to Cosmo.

James Gunn speaks after the fight

The fact that Maria Bakalova was recruited to lend his voice to Cosmo didn’t sit well with some comics fans, so much so that James Gunn had to talk about it. When some of the fandom remembered that Cosmo is a male dog, James Gunn took to Twitter to clarify that the character is partially modeled on the Russian space dog Laikawho was a woman:

Cosmo is based on Laika, a female Soviet space dog who died in orbit in 1957 – I’m going right back to the original source material. https://t.co/9PkTzs53t8

24 July 2022

Cosmo is based on Laika, a female Soviet space dog who died in orbit in 1957 – I’m just taking the original source material.

James Gunn is notorious for taking liberties with its characters’ origins, and it seems unlikely that the character’s gender reassignment will have any real bearing on Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, hence the fact that the latter wished to speak. In any case, we look forward to learning more about this scenario, which currently appears to quite alluring.

And if you want to know who it will be the movie’s big bad Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 according to our latest information, you can consult our previous article on the subject.

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