The first Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge success for Marvel, and I’m not just talking about box office receipts.
Naysayers worried about “the big risk” of making a movie with a talking raccoon and his companion, a talking tree with only one scripted line. It was the comic-book movie projected it to fail — a potentially huge failure to launch that had Hollywood analysts holding their heads in fear of the impending collapse of Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe.
But Guardians of the Galaxy soared despite being one of Marvel’s lesser-known comic book titles, and viewers were treated to the best Star Wars movie of this generation (Rogue One included). That raccoon and talking tree became the talk of the town, and merchandise sales added more to Disney’s coffers. A sequel was inevitable — failure, or no — and thanks to the successes of the first, the onus to get audiences to buy in has been tabled and replaced with the freedom to build up and off characters, settings, and major threats.
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 kicks off just as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and company get ready to fulfill their latest job — inter-dimensional pest-control. Buoyed by their success in taking out Rohan the Accuser, the team has become the go-to group for solving galaxy-sized problems.
Various media outlets were skeptical Marvel could pull off a sci-fi movie that didn’t quite fit in — at least on the surface — with the Avengers-centric, individual and collective, cinematic universe. G
uardians of the Galaxy made their first onscreen appearance with a trailer accompanied by Blue Swede’s ooga-chaka chanting Hooked on a Feeling, and the response was mixed and polarized. A cast of misfits from a comic book that includes an angry genetically modified gun-toting raccoon and his best friend, a walking tree, seemed a little too far out, and isn’t that Andy from Parks and Rec?
Well, to all the true believers — as Stan Lee might say — out there, your faithfulness to the franchise has been rewarded because Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s best movie yet.
Last issue in Guardians of the Galaxy #12, Jean Grey accepted her guilt.
Rather, she accepted what she would become.
This issue in Guardians of the Galaxy #13, Grey turns the finger back on Gladiator.
The Guardians of the Galaxy trailer is on its way, and it’s set to debut on the Jimmy Kimmel show Tuesday night — you can see it on his YouTube channel soon after.
The 15-second trailer begins with a question — “Who are you?” — before a quick montage of the cast and characters. Fans outside of comics might not be familiar with the team, but after this trailer hits, things may change very quickly.
The James Gunn directed Guardians of the Galaxy movie is set for an August 1, 2014 release date and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper voicing Rocket Raccoon. The movie is part of Marvel’s phase two which will set up the next Avengers movie coming out in 2015.
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A few days ago, I imagined what I’d ask Brian Michael Bendis if I could get one question in for an interview.
“What is it about you that Marvel would put their X-Men franchise in your hands?”
Bendis is talented, obviously, and he’s shaping up to be the Chris Claremont of this generation. But that question wasn’t meant to get more information about what we already know — it’s what quality Bendis sees in himself.
What makes him the best man for this job, specifically? More than just work ethic or the ability to meet deadlines — what’s required of the man who would lead the X-Men back to its glory days as Marvel’s most dynamic and storied team?
In the way that Scott Snyder and Batman are tied together, Bendis is now the legal guardian of the X-Men, and after reading All-New X-Men #23, I feel one step closer to understanding why he’s the right wordsmith for the job.