Even if you’ve already seen the trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, do me a favor and watch it again below so we can talk about it in detail.
My own thoughts? This could end up being one of my favorite Marvel entries just because of how insane it looks, and just from this quick look, Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord may end up rivaling Tony Stark as my favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe character. But no matter how you look at it, that’s a pretty freaking weird trailer. Based on the premise alone, we knew Guardians was going to be Marvel’s most “out-there” movie yet, and it looks like director James Gunn delivered something that is WAY outside of the realm of any of the other Marvel films we’ve seen so far.
Let me play devil’s advocate for a minute – is it too weird? Because a lot of us are movie nerds, we’re probably familiar with the tone of some of James Gunn’s films, but not too many people have seen Slither or Super. Granted, you could say the same thing about Joss Whedon before he directed The Avengers. But The Avengers had characters audiences had seen before. Marvel laid the groundwork for that movie with individual films devoted to each of those major characters, so the thought of seeing gods teaming with tech geniuses and a shady government agency to fight aliens wasn’t completely far-fetched. Guardians of the Galaxy is…not that.
At least in this trailer, we don’t see a single thing that ties back into anything we’ve seen in the other films (except for a brief look at Benicio Del Toro, who appeared in the supremely strange end-credits sequence of Thor: The Dark World). Will future trailers try to incorporate more tie-ins with the other Marvel properties? They’d be smart to do that, because as of right now, I’m guessing a lot of people are saying that this movie is a little too weird for them. My parents went to see The Avengers. I’m guessing a lot of people’s parents saw The Avengers, considering it’s the third highest-grossing movie of all time. I don’t really see my mom getting psyched for Guardians of the Galaxy.
And hey, that’s fine. Maybe it’s not for parents. Not every movie has to appeal to everyone. Marvel is clearly taking a risk with this one, and maybe they’re expecting only their die-hard fans to show up. But I’m seeing a LOT of movie bloggers talk on Twitter about how this movie is going to blow up the box office when it hits theaters, and how it’s going to be a shocking success, and how it’s going to surprise a lot of people. I don’t have any stake in this film’s success because I’m not a Marvel/Disney employee or stockholder, and I think we should probably be more concerned with whether the movie is good than whether it makes a lot of money. (I do want it to succeed, but not out of some kind of brand loyalty to Marvel – only because if it makes a lot of money, we may start seeing more weird movies like this in theaters more often.) But considering The Avengers‘ unique place near the top of the monetary movie food chain, I think it’s worth thinking about how Guardians will compare financially.
And so I ask you this, readers: do you think Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be too strange for mainstream audiences? Do you think it’ll be a good movie? Are you excited for it, or has this trailer turned you off to the idea? I’m interested to hear what you guys have to say, so fire off your comments below and let’s get the conversation started.
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