Thor: The Dark World
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy?
One of these things is not like the other – but hopefully, by the time we’ve all had a chance to actually see it, the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy will most certainly belong.
The first three are easy enough to understand – coming fresh of the undoubtedly hit movie The Avengers, featuring Marvel’s Big Three, and sequels to their own successful movies to boot. No one would be surprised by those movies.
But Guardians of the Galaxy? A comic that’s fortunate enough to rank as a cult hit where you’d even find fellow fans of comics who have no idea who they are? And with only the barest bones connection to the already established Marvel Cinematic Universe?
That, I doubt anyone expected. Which is why Guardians of the Galaxy may well be the most important Marvel movie since not just The Avengers, but since the original Iron Man itself. Because if Marvel can take Guardians of the Galaxy, based heavily on Dan Abbnet and Andy Lanning’s run (admittedly one of my favorite comic book series of all time – so you can only imagine my own hype for this movie) and make it a successful hit movie, then suddenly all bets are off and everyone is legitimately on the table.
Not only does the success of Guardians open the door to the larger Marvel Universe beyond Earth, but it also proves that the entire Marvel comic book library is legitimate material for future movies. Because whatever Marvel’s doing, they will have proven that they can taken anyone from their library and make a hit movie for them.
That favorite obscure Marvel character you love who you never would have dreamed could get a chance on the sliver screen? Yep, suddenly you can start genuinely dreaming that they too might someday have their shot at the limelight.
Guardians of the Galaxy – it’s a really big deal.