Goon Squad vs. Monstars: Meet the new cast of NBA-inspired villains in ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’


Say goodbye to the Monstars, say howdy to the Goon Squad.

Followers of the unique Area Jam with Michael Jordan will recall the villains within the film being “a quintet of aliens who work for his or her evil galactic carnival employee Mr. Swackhammer,” as Fandom notes. The group was featured early on within the film as small aliens. However then they stole expertise of NBA stars on the time, together with Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, Shawn Bradley and Muggsy Bogues.

The group has undergone a change in LeBron James’ model of Area Jam. For starters, they’re not the Monstars. As a substitute, they’re referred to as the Goon Squad, a play on the identify of James’ crew, the Toon Squad. Secondly, these monsters have extra traits than the Monstars.

The Goon Squad extra intently resemble the basketball stars that impressed them. James’ model of Area Jam additionally contains WNBA gamers.

Beneath, we’ll go over the Goon Squad forged. 

MORE: Every part to learn about Area Jam: A New Legacy

NBA & WNBA Gamers in Area Jam: A New Legacy

Goon Squad

NBA/WNBA participant Area Jam Character
Anthony Davis The Forehead
Klay Thompson Moist-Fireplace
Damian Lillard Chronos
Diana Taurasi White Mamba
Nneka Ogwumike Arachnneka

Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson and Damian Lillard are the NBA stars featured on the Goon Squad. WNBA stars Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike make up the remainder of the Goon Squad.

The names of the Goon Squad are The Forehead, Moist-Fireplace, Chronos, White Mamba and Arachnneka.

The Goon Squad

The Forehead

(Warner Bros.)

The Forehead, performed by Anthony Davis, is a bird-like opponent. The Forehead was seen flying within the trailer, which looks like a particularly unfair benefit in a basketball sport, however I digress. The Forehead clearly performs on Davis’ notable unibrow.


(Warner Bros.)

Klay Thompson performs Moist-Fireplace, an opponent that modifications between being water-based and fire-based. Within the trailer it nearly appeared as if these have been two totally different characters, however it’s the identical one. Being “moist” in basketball means you could have a great bounce shot, which Thompson is understood for. After which being on hearth is a sports activities time period for whenever you’re taking part in effectively, or on a sizzling streak.


(Warner Bros.)

Damian Lillard performs Chronos, who seems to be a robot-like villain. As Wikipedia notes, Chronos is “the personification of time in pre-Socratic philosophy and later literature.” This pertains to Lillard, who’s identified for “Dame Time,” or when he makes a clutch shot on the finish of video games. Usually occasions, Lillard will even level to his wrist, the place a watch could be, to signifiy when it is Dame Time.

White Mamba

(Warner Bros.)

Diana Taurasi performs the White Mamba, a play on Kobe Bryant’s well-known Black Mamba nickname. In reality, Bryant was the one who gave her that nickname as the 2 grew to become good pals all through their careers, per ESPN. The White Mamba is a snake-like villain.


(Warner Bros.)

Nneka Ogwumike performs Arachnneka, a black and pink spider-like basketball participant with six arms and two legs. The identify is a play on arachnid (a class of joint-legged invertebrate animals similar to spiders) and Ogwumike’s personal first identify, Nneka. There are rumors that Ogwumike’s sister and fellow WNBA star Chiney Ogwumike additionally seems within the movie, however she’s not a part of the Goon Squad.

Why are they the Goon Squad and never the Monstars?

There isn’t any obvious reply for this apart from the film creators needed to modify issues up. Even James obtained a bit tongue-twisted whereas selling the movie earlier this 12 months.

“I believe I’m gonna play for the Toon Squad this summer season as an alternative of the Olympics,” James stated in June. “We’re gonna gear as much as beat the Monstars, or the Goon Squad I assume they’re referred to as now.”

Not solely will the Monstars get replaced within the huge sport, however they will not even be featured in any respect in Area Jam: A New Legacy, in accordance with stories. Though Michael Jordan is predicted to look in some style.


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