Guardians of the Galaxy Review (Non Spoilers) + The Success of the MCU.

Posted: August 4, 2014 in Marvel Cinematic Universe, MCU Film Reviews, Movies

Guardians of the Galaxy, the tenth entry in the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is another example of the guts, risk taking, and diversity of this franchise. Another studio would have Guardians be it’s own separate series, which makes sense. There are no references to any of the Avengers characters, and only two characters that we’ve seen briefly before have minor parts of this film.

In a Marvel Studios first the Marvel Studios logo bit does not come right away. Things start off right away in 1988 with a young Peter Quill whose mother is dying. Upset, he runs out of the hospital and then is pretty much abducted by aliens. Cut to the Marvel logo, and 26 years later (implying again that the MCU moves in real time) Quill is an adult running around the galaxy as a thief and an outlaw. We also get some nice pop cultural nods including Ninja Turtles and Indiana Jones. (Which I guess Indy is fiction this world, which dissapoints me)

Taking a page from the Avengers, Quill meets other characters that he will eventually team up with, but at first don’t get along. They’re fighting right away, and taking it one step further from the Avengers formula, in one case they literally want to kill each other.

Even though there’s a lot going on the plot itself is fairly simple, but like all these movies it’s about the characters and their relationships which each other. Can’t say much else without spoilers. This is a movie you’ll want to watch at home so you can pause it and look for things in the background. Especially the scene with the Collector, I’m sure there’s tons of Easter eggs there I didn’t catch. One thing I will say is that there seem to be two legitimate character deaths which was pretty good. A few other tidbits, we get a curve ball at the end about Quill’s father, an interesting insight into revenge I’d never heard, and the post credit scene does not advance any plot points but is so off the wall and is completely awesome.

One thing I could complain about, which is a common complain for popular science fiction, is that we’re out in the universe seeing all these aliens, and most of the aliens look humanoid and they all speak English. Early on Quill hooks up with this female with red skin, but in the first shot she was in it honestly looked like just a girl with a sunburn. Many aliens in fact look perfectly human. At least it wasn’t all white people.

Another thing is, in this movie Earth is identified with the name Terra. After the opening prologue I presumed that Peter never returned to Earth simply because he didn’t know how to get there. However, given that he knows the name for his planet, he presumably would know how to get back there.

At the time of this writing Guardians is doing well at the box office. Assuming this trend continues, by the time it finishes its run, the MCU will be just under a billion dollars away from being the most successful film franchise. Harry Potter is currently the most successful at 7.723 billion dollars. This means that all that next years Avengers has to do is make a billion dollars to become the most successful franchise ever. Normally a billion dollars is a tall order for a movie, but the last Avengers made 1.5 billion. So the MCU could take the top spot less than 12 months from now, and a good three years from when I initially predicted. And as I said before, once it takes the number one spot, it may never leave.

  1. lindsymoran says:

    Who are the other crossover characters and what movies are they in? I haven’t seen all the Marvel movies, but Guardians was really good.

  2. jemurr says:

    Thanos is seen in the mid credits scene of Avengers, he was the one apparently telling Loki what to do.

    The Collector was in the mid credits scene in Thor the Dark World.

    Guardians was directed by James Gunn who also made this horror movie called Slither. I’ve never seen it but it’s about some tentacle creatures. Apparently one of those creatures is in Collectors museum as well. That is significant as it’s the first non-marvel character to appear in a Marvel film. Though I’m sure it’s meant as just a joke.

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