|Created by||Dan Abnett|
Guardians of the Galaxy
|First appearance||Nova #8 (January 2008)|
Knowhere (pronounced "no where") is a fictional location appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. It is depicted as the enormous severed head of an ancient celestial being, which serves as an interdimensional crossroads and scientific observatory.
When asked about how they came up with the idea, authors Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning said:
Honestly, they just came to us. The severed Celestial head was, I think, something that popped out of Andy's mind one day. Similarly, one morning, I said "what about a talking Russian dog?" We run with these things and develop them together. It's hard to pin down where exactly they originate.
Located within what appears to be a severed head of a Celestial floating along The Rip (the extreme outer edge of all spacetime with no specific physical location), Knowhere acts as a makeshift port of call and observatory of the End of the Universe for intergalactic travelers of all species and from all times. First appearing in Nova #8 (see 2007 in comics and Annihilation: Conquest), the station is administered by its chief of security, Cosmo, a telepathic and telekinetic Soviet space dog originally lost in Earth orbit in the 1960s.
Knowhere maintains minor facilities for close observation of the end of the Universe, a main hall, a marketplace and other amenities including the bar, Starlin's. Cosmo assigns special "passport" bracelets allowing instantaneous transportation to and from anywhere in the Universe via the deceased Celestial's "Continuum Cortex", located within the brain-stem, from where sensors can also detect subtle disruptions in space-time occurring outside The Rip in the greater Universe. Facilitated by Cosmo and Richard Rider, Knowhere comes to be used as the base of operations for the new Guardians of the Galaxy.
The origins of Knowhere are uncertain. It is unknown as to how the severed head of a Celestial would have appeared at the end of the Universe, and what kind of forces could conceivably decapitate the God-like alien. Abnett and Lanning have said that the origin is "A mystery that will have to wait for now, but it's a biggie!"
While recounting his origin to Eddie Brock, the Symbiote God Knull revealed that he was the one who killed the Celestial whose head became Knowhere with the use of All-Black The Necrosword and used his head to create more symbiotes.
During the Secret Wars storyline, Knowhere is shown to be the Moon that orbits Battleworld. Its origin is that this Knowhere is the head of a Celestial that came to collect Battleworld but was slain in battle by God Emperor Doom and its head is still in orbit around Battleworld as a reminder of Doom's power.
In other media
Knowhere appears in the Guardians of the Galaxy TV series. Like the comics, Cosmo the Spacedog serves as the chief of security when first encountered by Rocket Raccoon and Groot. It first appears in the episode "Road to Knowhere" in order to sell an item stolen from Korath the Pursuer in its market. It is here that Star-Lord learns that he is part-Spartax. During the fight between the Guardians of the Galaxy, Korath the Pursuer's group, and the Ravagers, Knowhere starts to come to life and ensnare everyone.
- The Collector's base is visited in the post-credit scene of Thor: The Dark World. The building is subsequently revealed to be located on Knowhere in Guardians of the Galaxy. A set of a street in Knowhwere was constructed at Longcross Studios for the movie.
- Knowhere is featured as a location in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy. In the film, Knowhere serves as the headquarters of the Collector, Taneleer Tivan. Tivan Corporation is mining the head of the deceased Celestial for tissue and other cellular material to sell on the black market.
- Knowhere is featured in Avengers: Infinity War, where the Guardians of the Galaxy confront Thanos after he takes the Reality Stone from The Collector.
- Screen Rant has suggested that Knowhere will feature again in Marvel's 2021 film, Eternals.
- Knowhere appears as a location in the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy play set.
- Knowhere appears as a stage in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, merged with the Third Moon from the Strider series to become Knowmoon.
- Knowhere appears in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.
- Knowhere appears in Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series.
Russ Burlingame considered the rendering of Knowhere "one of the most striking and potentially bizarre images" from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie trailer.
Silverman and Brode described Knowhere as a "criminal lair" at "the fringes of space". They considered the setting a modern incarnation of the frontier of classic Western films, "a place where outlaws and renegades skirt the trappings of society far from the dictates of civilization".
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- Guardians of Knowhere #1
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- Silverman, David S.; Brode, Douglas (2020). "The Western Didn't Die, It Just Went Off-World". In Brode, Douglas; Brode, Shea T. The Twenty-First-Century Western: New Riders of the Cinematic Stage. Lexington Books. p. 261. ISBN 9781793615114. Search this book on
- Nova #8 and #9 (published November and December 2007)
- Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (published May 2008)
- Guardians of the Galaxy #8 (published December 2008)
- Deadpool #30 (published May 2017)
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