Alpha Flight: The Next Guardians of the Galaxy?

by Robert D'Ottavi

101521A-300x157 Alpha Flight: The Next Guardians of the Galaxy?With The X-Men making their debut in the MCU soon, Marvel Studios have a pantheon of characters who were not done justice by 20th Century Fox. One set of characters related to the X-Men who never saw any love from Fox (aside from a few blink and you’ll miss it references in X2 and Deadpool 2) is a Canadian super-team, who I believe have serious potential to become the MCU’s next Guardians of the Galaxy, the Alpha Flight.

Who Are The Alpha Flight?

marvel-now_apha-195x300 Alpha Flight: The Next Guardians of the Galaxy?First appearing in Uncanny X-Men #120 and making their full debut an issue later, the Alpha Flight are a Canadian superhero team created by Department H, a fictional branch of the Canadian Government, inspired by the arrival of the Fantastic Four. The team usually consists of Guardian, Northstar, Aurora, Puck, Sasquatch, Shaman, and Snowbird. They were initially conceived for Wolverine’s origin. Due to the surprise popularity of the characters, Marvel Comics launched an Alpha Flight solo series in 1983. The series continued until 1994, lasting 130 issues. 

The Alpha Flight are a truly unique set of superhero characters as none of them are particularly well-known or popular. Northstar made international news as one of the first LGBT Marvel superheroes back in 2012. Apart from Northstar, however? The team is mostly unknown or forgotten. This is actually a wonderful opportunity for Marvel Studios, and Kevin Feige in particular, who could make the Alpha Flight the next Guardians of the Galaxy.

Alpha Flight: The Next Guardians of the Galaxy?

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Since James Gunn’s first Guardians of the Galaxy hit theatres in 2014, every single studio in Hollywood has been trying to replicate the style, flair, and originality of the motion picture. With the Alpha Flight, Marvel already has a group of characters who are, by no stretch of the imagination, a little out there. The very idea of a group of Canadian-exclusive superheroes is rather funny, and throw in the origin ties to Wolverine, and you may have a huge hit on your hands. Heck, they even have a loveable grumble in Puck!

With the X-Men, audiences expect some form of cultural commentary and insight. They expect themes of racial inequality and the like. However, with the Alpha Flight? Marvel Studios could explore funny and unique scenarios for Mutant characters who are not in the public eye. The Alpha Flight really could be something significantly special for the studio…

Investing in Alpha Flight

As of right now, both of Alpha Flight’s key appearances (Uncanny X-Men #120 and #121) are rather affordable. Mycomicshop.com has a whole variety of grades (ranging from 9.22.0) for anywhere between $1,400 (USD) and $95 (USD). So, based on that information alone, the Alpha Flight are not in any form of high demand. However, that could all change with one very quick rumour or Reddit theory. Interestingly, in February, a 9.8 grade sold for its highest figure ever – a whopping $5,750 (USD). Make of that whatever you will. Perhaps it was Kevin Feige himself, driving numbers up?

Sure, the Alpha Flight may not be the first characters you think of when you remember Disney’s acquisition of Fox, but they may be making their mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe before you know it.

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4 comments

Dier October 16, 2021 - 8:25 am

Not sure what’s funny in a group of Canadian exclusive superheroes… you make it sound like superheroes should all be American.

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Zachary Hallquist October 16, 2021 - 1:03 pm

Great article! I love the idea. Currently I own #2, and strangely enough bought #17 yesterday, pretty randomly.

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algonwolf October 16, 2021 - 1:12 pm

Northstar came out in Alpha Flight #106 back in 1992 – little bit earlier than 2012

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Nick October 17, 2021 - 4:00 pm

Ordinarily, I’m one to dunk on these type of spec picks (90 percent are wishful thinking from all-in fans or speculators), but I agree that there is a long-term speculation on Alpha Flight. I don’t think we get X-Men in the MCU for quite a while (5-10 years or more), because I think Disney is holding them as an ace in the hole for once the MCU needs a kickstart, and the Avengers/post-Avengers era is still going fairly strong. The X-Men are too big to breathe alongside the rest of the MCU characters, and can you imagine them pigeonholed into only a movie trilogy spaced over several years like Guardians of the Galaxy? No way! When they happen, the X-Men will be the tent pole movies of the MCU. And Disney will need several satellite movie and TV properties to sustain the X-Men era for a good 10 years or so. Enter Alpha Flight, as the Guardians were to the Avengers. Goofy team, inconsequential characters, mainly blank slate to the general public. I just wouldn’t put any money personally on an Alpha Flight project getting to film or TV until 2028 or later.

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