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In Guardians of the Galaxy and Vol. 2, we run into several humans who seem to have been in space for quite a while, prior to the events of the Infinity Saga (i.e. before 1995).

We know how Peter Quill ended up in space. But there is also Stakar Ogord and Aleta Ogord, who as far as I can tell are humans, and also seem to have been in space for quite a while. Moreover, most aliens seem to be familiar with humans, even though according to the main storyline, very few humans had left the solar system or had contact with extraterrestrials prior to the events of The Avengers (2012).

Have there always been "older" space faring humans in the MCU?

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    Stakar and Aleta Ogord are humanoid, not human. Their origins in the MCU are not clear, but in the comics Aleta is Arcturan and Stakar is complicated, but he was raised as an Arcturan. – Mike Scott Aug 11 at 6:05
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    Indeed. "Humanoid" and "looking like a human" are not necessarily "human". – Blaze Aug 11 at 15:09
  • On the other flipper, the Xandar database had no problem identifying "Terran" as Quill's genetic makeup. Nobody raised an eyebrow and asked "Where's that?" Over the years, other humans might have been snatched/abducted and they, or their offspring, now wander the galaxy. Why hasn't little primitive Terra been ravaged or colonized by aliens? I'd speculate it is likely well known Earth is a protectorate of Asgard. So, tread very lightly indeed. – Blaze Aug 11 at 15:19
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The only known space faring humans we've seen in the MCU thus far are Peter Quill, who is only half human, and Carol Danvers, who has special powers from the Tesseract. The only others are the Avengers from Avengers: Infinity War onwards who went to space to fight Thanos. Every other "human" we see are actually humanoid or just look like a human rather than actually being human.

As was mentioned in the comments Stakar and Aleta Ogord are in this latter category, they are humanoid but not actually human. Again as said in the comments their origins aren't clear but the MCU wiki page for Aleta mentions she is Arcturan like the comics, though that information probably comes from the comics.

Coming down to how people were familiar with humans there are a few possible reasons:

  • Carol was quite a force and she worked away around the universe helping the Skrull and others in need and presumably also helped fight against the Kree. Word of a human doing such good deeds probably travelled quite far so would have made people aware of Earth.

  • As we see in Captain Marvel there is actually a jump point at Earth so someone would have had to build it there. Going from having a jump point there to people knowing about Earth doesn't seem to be a huge stretch.

  • The Kree themselves have been to Earth a few times over the years, Mar-Vell was there working on the light speed engine, Yon-Rogg had gone there to find Mar-Vell and we also learn that Minn-Erva has been there before (with Yonn-Rogg if I remember correctly). The Kree even have a designation for Earth: C-53. Again it's not a stretch to go from they've been to Earth over the years to others have been and to others know of it.

    Carol: I'm on planet C-53.

    [...]

    Bron-Char: Have you visited C-53?

    Minn-Erva: Once, it's a real shithole.

    Captain Marvel

  • The Ravagers seemed to know of Earth before picking Peter up but they were ordered to do so from Ego so it's possible they just found out from him if they hadn't heard of it before.

    Yondu Udonta: When I picked you up on Terra...

    Peter Quill: "Picked me up."

    Yondu Udonta: ...these boys of mine wanted to eat you.

    Peter Quill: Yeah?

    Yondu Udonta: They ain’t never tasted any Terran before. I stopped ‘em. You’re alive because of me!

    Guardians of the Galaxy

  • As we see in the above quote other species also have a name for Earth, Terra with people from Earth being called Terrans. They had to get that name from somewhere which would again indicate they already knew.

  • Post Guardians of the Galaxy people around the galaxy also started knowing about humans because of what Peter and the Guardians did. Ego even comments to this effect.

    Ego: I searched for you for so long. When I heard a man from Earth held an Infinity Stone in his hand without dying, I knew you must be the son of the woman I loved.

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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