What’s a Yondu?

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The news that Marvel officially confirmed the cast and release date of the upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy has the internet and comic book world positively buzzing.

But some of us – very few of us, of course – may be feeling somewhat in the dark regarding the details. Superman, Batman, Spiderman – these are all common household names in this day and age, but the Guardians of the Galaxy may not have made it into the living rooms of every average Rooker fan.

Not yet anyway. Clearly, that’s about to change.

So, what’s a Yondu? If you are asking this question, rest assured that you’re not alone. While the most avid of comic book fans may be shuddering in horror at the very notion of asking such a question, some of us are not so enlightened.  No matter, we’ve done some research for you.

One of the founding members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Yondu first appeared in a 1969 issue of the comic book Marvel Super-Heroes. Hailing from the Zatoan tribe on Centauri IV – first planet to be colonized outside of our solar system in the 29th Century – Yondu was born in the late 30th century. His people had fled from the overwhelming earth colonizers who began arriving in 2940 A.D. Despite the fact that he does not possess any super-human abilities and bears a slight resemblance to some now-extinct race of super-smurf, Yondu is a force to be reckoned with.

Yondu is above average in the physique common to his race with more strength and endurance than the average human male. The native Centuarian language is a system of clicks, whistles and grunts, although Yondu has mastered the English language and has a mystical sixth sense that gives him limited empathic abilities with other life forms. Yondu is so skillful with a bow and arrow, he can command his arrows to return to his hand or weave a path through a crowd without touching any but the intended target.

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia for Merle Dixon fans:  Yondu’s right hand was at one point replaced by a bionic device called a weapons concealment appendage. Whether or not this detail will be incorporated into the film is anyone’s guess, but a coincidence like that can only be further proof that Michael Rooker was destined to take this role.

Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled for release on August 1, 2014. The film will also star Djimon Hounsu as Korath, Lee Pace as Ronan, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Benicio Del Toro as the Collector, Dave Bautista as Drax, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and Vin Diesel as Groot.

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