The Guardians of the Galaxy are about to make a major return over the next year in various arenas. On-screen, their next appearance will come in Thor: Love and Thunder before they move to their Disney+ Holiday Special and next year's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. They also have a non-canon adventure coming to EPCOT with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
Only a few weeks ago, Disney Parks released the first official teaser for the ride, spotlighting a new mission for fans to help the Guardians to get out of trouble. The entire core cast filmed new material for this adventure during production for the next Guardians movie, all with director James Gunn working his magic on a new experience for Walt Disney World visitors.
The ride will feature the massive Celestial Eson from 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy as its main villain, although there are no signs pointing to any other cast members or characters involved. Now, about a month ahead of the ride's opening, one of the ride's biggest new cast members has come to the forefront.
Terry Crews Joins Guardians Ride
Disney Parks' Twitter page shared a look at Terry Crews, who will play a role in the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride at Walt Disney World's Epcot.
Crews dons a Nova Corps outfit in the image as he stands in front of a green screen, with the caption sharing that he will play the role of Centurion Tal Marik in the ride's in-universe story:
"FIRST LOOK: Terry Crews gearing up for his new role as Centurion Tal Marik, Commander of the Starcharter and close advisor to Nova Prime. Marik must call on the Guardians because it's "SAVE THE GALAXY TIME...again!"
Marvel shared more details on Crews' role as Commander of the Starcharter, who is also one of Nova Prime's closest advisors. Tal Marik winds up calling the Guardians to help the Nova Corps save the galaxy once again:
"For the attraction — opening soon at EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort — Crews will portray Centurion Tal Marik, Commander of the Starcharter who also happens to be a close advisor to Nova Prime, once again played by Glenn Close. Marik finds himself calling on the Guardians for assistance because it’s “save the galaxy time…again.” Just how many times can one crew save the galaxy, anyway?"
Crews Embodies Nova Corps Advisor
Terry Crews is one of the biggest names in Hollywood these days, best known recently for his role as Terry Jeffords on Brooklyn 99 - a show that had its own fun with the MCU ahead of Spider-Man: No Way Home. The long-time comedy star now gets to take his place in a Marvel story of his own, joining other stars like John C. Reilly and Glenn Close as part of the Nova Corps.
This doesn't necessarily mean that Crews will play a role in any of the upcoming Guardians projects, although he certainly has the resume for a Marvel role should he want to take on that challenge. For now, this picture shows how much fun he's having taking on a more intergalactic franchise, taking his police sergeant experience from Brooklyn 99 and moving to a more cosmic group of law enforcers.
Seeing Crews and Close work together in this ride will add a new layer of excitement to the Guardians' story as they take on their second non-canon adventure after Mission: BREAKOUT in Disney's California Adventure. With thrilling new mechanics and the MCU's usual excellence with visual effects in play, fans should be packing the park to ride this new ride.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will open at Walt Disney World's EPCOT on May 27.