Every Way Guardians Of The Galaxy's Nikki Is Different From The Comics – Screen Rant

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy features its own take on Nikki, a Guardian in the comics who’s depicted differently in the game’s story.
Nicholette “Nikki” Gold is one of many Marvel heroes who feature in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and she differs massively from the version of the character seen in the comics. Nikki has been an iconic character in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy comics ever since her debut in 1976. Until Marvel’s GOTG game, however, no version of her character had made an appearance with Star-Lord or any of the other modern Guardians.
[Warning: Major spoilers for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy are below.]
As with many of Marvel’s comic book characters, the Guardians of the Galaxy received their own reboot of sorts in 2008, courtesy of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. The relaunch, which came in the wake of Marvel’s massive Annihilation: Conquest event, brought Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax together as the Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time, replacing the old team entirely. This included Nikki Gold, who was the sixth member to join the Guardians of the Galaxy in the team’s original comics.
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The version of Nikki seen in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and the one from the comics differ greatly, as each character met and interacted with a totally different incarnation of the team. Both versions of Nikki have become the official sixth member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but comic Nikki never met Star-Lord or the rest of the modern team. When she was originally found by the Guardians of the Galaxy, comic Nikki was found by Yondu Udonta, Major Victory, Martinex, Charlie-27, and Starhawk. While these characters were replaced as the Guardians of the Galaxy in later series, they were included in the MCU Guardians of the Galaxy films as Ravagers. Nikki may have not made the cut in James Gunn’s films, but she does play a key role in the Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy video game, despite boasting key differences from her comics counterpart.
In Marvel’s GOTG, Nikki is originally defined by her relationship to Star-Lord, the only playable character. Her Promise reveals a life where Star-Lord is her father and Ko-Rel is her mother. Additionally, as the Guardians of the Galaxy sneak around the Nova Ship in chapter seven, they stumble upon Nikki’s “research room” dedicated to Star-Lord. Nikki knew who Peter was long before they met, and so some of her personality has been shaped partially by what she already knows about him.
Another major difference between Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’s Nikki and the Nikki of the comics is that the version seen in Marvel’s GOTG is, at the very least, half Kree. In Marvel’s GOTG, Nikki was orphaned as an infant on Mercury during the Galactic War 12 years prior to the beginning of the game. The story initially insinuates that Nikki is the child of Star-Lord and Ko-Rel, a decorated captain in the Kree military and Nova Corps. Because Nikki was an infant during the Galactic War she is only 12-years-old when her character joins the Guardians of the Galaxy.
The real story behind Nikki’s birth and parents is lost when Ko-Rel dies, but as a ghost within the Soul Stone Ko-Rel was able to reach Star-Lord when he was inside Nikki’s Promise for the second time. Ko-Rel reveals that Star-Lord is not Nikki’s biological father, nor is she Nikki’s biological mother. Instead, Ko-Rel took Nikki under her wing to protect her from the Kree empire when she was an infant. The Kree are fixated on keeping their bloodlines as pure as possible and taking offspring whose parents aren’t both Kree. While Nikki heavily resembles the Kree species physically in Marvel’s GOTG, the game implies that at least one of her parents was not Kree.
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Conversely, Nikki from the comics is already an adult by the time she was found by the original Guardians of the Galaxy characters. Comic Nikki witnessed the death of her parents at the hands of the Badoon during their invasion of the solar system in the 31st century. Afterward, she ran away and lived in solitude for years on Mercury before being found by Yondu and his allies. Comic Nikki was able to live on Mercury by herself because she is part of a branch of humanity that was genetically engineered to survive the planet’s climate. Another difference between the two Nikkis is that they were born nearly 1000 Earth years apart. Additionally, comic Nikki is from a universe with an Earth-691 designation. The reality depicted in Eidos-Montréal’s game has an ambiguous designation for now, with no distinct qualities other than it being a universe where the Guardians’ own Drax allegedly killed Thanos
Since the two Nikkis have a massive age difference, their combat experience is drastically different. Marvel’s GOTG Nikki only revealed a small glimpse of her powers when she protected the team from Magus, although it’s likely that their powers contain similar abilities or properties. Comic Nikki was genetically engineered to be able to survive life on Mercury, so she is highly resistant to heat and most types of radiation. Appearance-wise, comic Nikki also has hair made entirely of fire and flame, and would otherwise be bald if it were put out. Her natural body temperature is enough to burn someone by physical contact, requiring her to find ways to cool down before making physical contact with friends or love interests. Outside of her powers, comic Nikki is extremely proficient in hand-to-hand combat, gymnastics, and sharp-shooting.
Lastly, the version of Nikki seen in the comics has had a life full of adventure that Marvel’s GOTG Nikki has yet to experience for now. Comic Nikki has fought alongside the Avengers, as well as Spider-Man, after traveling to the present day. While traveling to different universes and timelines has not happened for Marvel’s GOTG Nikki, the Guardians of the Galaxy did have a brief experience with alternate universes after leaving Cosmo. Further still, Marvel’s GOTG’s post-credits scene sets up a sequel that will likely involve Nikki. With that in mind, it’s possible that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’s Nikki will have a similar experience in a future game.
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Kaleb is a freelance game guide writer for Screen Rant, based in NY. His hobbies include streaming on Twitch under @captnkahleeb and exercising. If the controller is down he is most likely doing something in the gym or trying to learn something random from YouTube. Occasionally, Kaleb spends his time studying a variety of subjects in philosophy.

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