Taserface

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Taserface
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (June 1990)
Created by Aaron Valentino
In-story information
Species Stark
Notable aliases Overkill, Nameless One
Abilities Energy absorption,
vast array of weapons

Taserface is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Chris Sullivan appears as Taserface in the film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Publication history[edit]

The character, created by Aaron Valentino[1] (Jim Valentino's son), first appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (June 1990).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Taserface is an advance scout for the Stark and came from a planet inhabited by primitive beings. One day, a cache of armor and technology created by Tony Stark wound up on their planet. The inhabitants quickly adapted themselves to the new technology, calling themselves the Stark after their idol, and proceeded to misuse their new found gift to conquer other planets.

He was deployed to the planet Courg to keep an eye on it and ended up fighting the Guardians of the Galaxy.[2] After his defeat he was tortured by his species and had his name taken from him. Now going by the name Nameless One his hatred for the Guardians grew.[3]

He pleads mercy to the High Sister for redemption and is given upgrades. He returns with the name Overkill after being transformed into a cyborg.[4] He fights Hollywood, an alternate version of Wonder Man, and is easily defeated. He attempts to detonate himself in a last minute revenge scheme, but Hollywood absorbs the blast, killing only Overkill.[5]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Taserface possesses some degree of invulnerability due to being a cyborg. He also has a vast array of weapons at his disposal including repulsor rays, sensors and tasers. He also has the ability to absorb energy and redirect it.

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Taserface appears in Lego Marvel Super Heroes - Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos Threat, voiced by Travis Willingham.[6] He accompanies Yondu and the other Ravagers into stealing the Build Stone from Ronan the Accuser.

Film[edit]

Chris Sullivan as Taserface in the 2017 film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Chris Sullivan appears as Taserface in the film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He is the lieutenant of Yondu's faction of the Ravagers.[7][8] After officially being assigned to direct Guardians of the Galaxy and considering Taserface to be "the dumbest character of all time," Gunn jokingly posted a photo of him on his social media. He later clarified that he would never feature the character in a film. Gunn later changed his mind, and when crafting this character, felt that Taserface had named himself. Hence he described him as "a real dumbass," yet also "a very powerful guy."[9] Taserface is depicted as being proud of his name as he believes it strikes fear into the hearts of his enemies. However Rocket, and the rest of the Ravagers, scoff at the ridiculousness of his name. Feeling that Yondu is "going soft", he leads a mutiny against him which involves tossing those who are still loyal to him out the airlock. After Kraglin aids Yondu, Rocket, and Groot in escaping from their prison cells, Yondu kills off all of his former Ravager comrades that sided with Taserface and blows up the main engine severely burning Taserface. The heroes eject from the main ship, leaving Taserface to die. Before the ship explodes, Taserface contacts the female Sovereign representative to give the coordinates of Yondu's escape ship. In return, Taserface wishes to be known as the one who caused Yondu's defeat. Taserface then dies in the ship's explosion while the Sovereign representative laughs at his name.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buttery, Jarrod (July 2013). "Explore the Marvel Universe of the 31st Century with... the Guardians of the Galaxy". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (65): 30. 
  2. ^ Valentino, Jim (w), Valentino, Jim (p), Montano, Steve (i). "But Are They Ready for... Taserface!" Guardians of the Galaxy 1 (June 1990)
  3. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy #2
  4. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy #10
  5. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy #48
  6. ^ End credits for Lego Marvel Super Heroes - Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos Threat
  7. ^ "Marvel Studios Begins Production on Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'". Marvel.com. February 17, 2016. Archived from the original on February 17, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ Marston, George (July 23, 2016). "Star-Lord's Father Revealed ... James Gunn Explains in Detail". Newsarama. Archived from the original on July 24, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016. 
  9. ^ Davis, Brandon (July 24, 2016). "James Gunn Reveals Why Taserface Is In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2". Comicbook.com. Archived from the original on July 27, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 

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