Monday, July 21, 2014

Guardians is the best for last

Gamora, Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill) , Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Groot

The summer is almost over and Marvel looks set to close out this movie season in main event style. Guardians of the Galaxy is only weeks away and it is the most anticipated film of the summer. Besides Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, there isn’t much else out there to grab people’s attention anymore. Sure, Transformers Age Of Extinction opened big, but it had a large drop off at the box office and well... It's had... various reactions. The Chinese love it though, apparently. Guardians has been building a buzz since last year’s San Diego Comic Con with its surprise announcement, and it has been said numerous times, but it is truly a risk on Marvels part. It is not set on Earth, the characters are mostly unknown outside the comic community. Even within the comic reading community, these characters are not headliners. If you are into the marvel comic universe, you probably have heard of them and possibly seen a few of them pop up here and there, but Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rockett Racoon, and Groot have never been huge names and big sellers. This current roster of Guardians isn’t even the original lineup.

So why the fascination? Mostly, it is literally like nothing else out there. It exists in the same universe as the Avengers, but has an obvious absurdity that sets it apart. It has a taking raccoon with a sidekick that is a talking tree. Well, Groot sort of talks in that all he says is “I am Groot.” But that translates into other things his friends can understand. As for the less absurd characters... Gamora is basically one the most dangerous woman in the galaxy when it comes to hand to hand fighting. She was raised by Thanos, who we saw at the end of Avengers. Peter Quill (You know, Star-Lord?) is a human who was taken into the far reaches of space when he was a boy. And he kinda still is a boy. Drax, in the comics universe anyway, was human. His family was killed by Thanos and his spirit was placed in a new more powerful body. It is plainly obvious that he film does not take itself seriously. There will be serious themes, but fun seems to be the point of all this.

Another reason this will be big is because it also appeals to some pretty huge fandoms. It was a smart move to cast Karren Gillen to play Gamora's insane step-sister (or is it adopted sister? Some version of sister) Nebula.

That’s not to say attracting the Doctor Who fandom was the sole reason for this casting, because Karen is a talented actress. In the comics, Nebula for a while cons Thanos into thinking she is his granddaughter. In the movie it appears Gamora and Nebula were raised by Thanos together. The Walking Dead fandom is also going to be well represented with the inclusion of Michael Rooker as Yondu.

Yondu is actualyy a founding member of comic book Guardians of the Galaxy. In the film he will be the one responsible for taking Peter Quill into space. The only main character we have not gotten very much information on is Ronan the Accuser, portrayed by Lee Pace.

He appears is the main villain in the film. The comic book version of the character is a member of the Kree race. The title of Accuser is a Kree government title for a governor/jurist/judge. We'll see how the character play out on screen. Side note, the blue alien corpse in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D TV series was also a Kree. All indications point to Guardians of the Galaxy to be yet another huge success for Marvel. It will further expand the possibilities for the cinematic universe and set up more story for Phase 3 of Marvels films.

UPDATE: In the film it is Ronan who kills Drax's family.

Another UPDATE: Well, not really an UPDATE. I forgot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes out Aug. 8, but I think my argument still stands.

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