What? You thought it was Cable?
Yes, the Guardians of the Galaxy’s newest member - premiering in Marvel’s 2014 Free Comic Book Day title - is Venom (along with the previously revealed Captain Marvel). Turns out Marvel didn't have to black out much.
For those of you saying “huh” right now, Venom is of course half an alien symbiote.
As a reminder, The Guardians of the Galaxy Free Comic Book Day Special – free of course to comic shop visitors on May 3, 2014 at participating retailers – will offer readers their first glimpse at the “all-new Guardians of the Galaxy.”
It sounds like Venom is there for a particular reason, and at the center of the story written by Brian Bendis with art by Nick Bradshaw. Here's Marvel initial description of the story: “The Guardians are about to welcome two new members – including Captain Marvel and one Mystery Marvel Superstar you’d never expect to see with the Guardians of the Galaxy! And this mysterious character is about to set off a chain reaction that takes our heroes to the farthest reaches of space – on a collision course with one of the deadliest threats in the cosmos!”
And in a particular bit of synergy given Venom is best known as a Spider-Man character, the special will also feature a back-up story by Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli that the publisher says “lays the foundation for 2014’s top secret Spider-Man event…an all-new story that will rock the Wall-Crawler’s world to its core!”