Are the Guardians of the Galaxy….a bunch of A-Holes?

Guardians of the Galaxy posterWe’ve finally gotten our first look at the biggest Marvel Studios gamble since Thor: Guardians of the Galaxy. More so than the God of Thunder’s first foray into cinemas, this rag tag team of cosmic heroes has a LOT riding on it.  Sure, past Marvel movies featured a guy in a robot suit, a thunder god, and a guy who turns into a giant green monster when he’s pissed, but those were all characters that some percentage of the “normies” had an idea about. Guardians features TWO green people, a lead most known for playing a slob on Parks and Rec, a talking tree, and a surly raccoon (which is totally awesome, by the way).  How is the general public going to react to this movie?

Well, I have no idea, but that trailer is damn fun. In a lot of ways, it’s exactly like the comic con footage that was released last summer, which eventually found a way to the internets (before being immediately taken down).  If anything, it shows how different Guardians will be from the Marvel films that came before it. Even the trailer stands out as something different. What starts out as something similar to other huge superhero movie trailers (complete with it’s own version of the Inception “BBWAAAAAHHHH” sound) turns into a 2 minute glimpse of something, well, fun. What other big budget superhero film has had Blue Suede’s “Hooked On A Feeling” as the main song in its trailer? None that I can think of.

Now, a lot can go wrong here.Guardians could be too goofy, not goofy enough, be a complete mess story wise, reveal that the Collector is actually some actor hired to fool the team, or have complete train wreck of a final act. But at the very least, it’ll be different from the movies that Marvel has produced before it.  Which is good. It’s very, VERY good. Marvel needs to start mixing things up. Look, I liked Thor: The Dark World as much as the next nerd, but it did start to have a feeling of “seen this before” with it. A lot of this has to do with the fact that this is the third time we’ve seen Chris Hemsworth on screen as Thor in 3 years (that and the fact that Malekith was barely even a real threat for the Thunder God). The “wow” factor of seeing Asgard, Odin, and the other elements of Thor’s world was gone by the time the opening credits started, and unless Beta Ray Bill or Gorr the God Butcher show up, I’ll be less inclined to go opening night for Thor 3.

Guardians of the Galaxy is the big test for Marvel Studios. If it works, we’ll get more characters that we never thought we’d see on the big screen, like Doctor Strange, Ms. Marvel, and (god willing) Ares. If it fails, expect to see Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America in the multiplexes until the end of time. I think it’ll be a surprise hit, but then again, I could be completely wrong. Like I said before, Rocket Raccoon and Star Lord aren’t exactly household names, but judging from the tone of the trailer, a lot of people could check it out of morbid curiosity. And who knows, maybe they’ll love it and go to their local comic shop and give the comic a try (doubtful).

I really, really, really hope that Guardians is not only a quality film, but also a success for the studio. The Guardians are a fun group of characters that deserve a chance in the spotlight. Though it will be weird knowing that we got a Guardians Of The Galaxy movie before a Doctor Strange one.

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Posted on February 25, 2014, in Movie, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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