The Internets are filled with all sorts of reasons why Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Guardians Of The Galaxy” could potentially be in trouble, but most of the justifications that I have come upon don’t hold water. That’s why I listed below five assorted reasons why “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” supposedly, won’t do well, and the reason why the reason is a bunch of hooey.
- No One Knows Who The Heck The “Guardians Of The Galaxy” Are
It’s true. If you were to ask ten random people who the “Guardians Of The Galaxy” are, you’ll probably be met by looks of confusion. That’s perfectly OK, because there was another Marvel character that most people had never heard of, called Iron Man, who despite the lack of name recognition, earned over $585 million worldwide. Part of the success of that film had more than a little to do with Robert Downey, Jr. and his reputation, which wasn’t very good (the arrogance, the cocky attitude Tony Stark displayed is almost Downey Jr. playing himself) at the time.
Like “Iron Man,” a strength of the upcoming ‘Guardians’ is in the casting. Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Benicio del Toro, Michael Rooker, all actors at the height of their powers, together in one film. It seems to play to virtually every demographic: women, young men, and children, which is always a very good thing.
It’s also worth mentioning that Chris Pratt plays a character that appears to be a take on Indiana Jones, which might help to draw older viewers that remember the character from “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” and hopefully weren’t too put out about Indy’s last outing “Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.”
And here’s a little information for those people who have no idea who the team are.
The characters you see in the trailer are the second the second incarnation of the team. The original series came into being in 1969, and if you thought that Peter Quill/Star Lord, Gamorra, Drax, Rocket and Groot are strange, imagine how people would react to Martinex (a crystalline being from Pluto), Charlie-27 (a human who’s bred to live on Jupiter. Because of the difference in gravity between that planet and Earth, he’s stronger and denser than other humans), Major Vance Astro (a time traveler of sorts), and Yondu (a blue-skinned archer who hasn’t yet appeared in a trailer for ‘Guardians,’ despite being in the movie).
Image courtesy of Marvel Wiki
In fact, Star Lord was more of an independent contractor when he first appeared in “Marvel Preview” in 1976. At the time he had a sentient starship, and looked nothing like the version of the character that came to join ‘Guardians.’