WHAT’S A GROOT?
When Thanos smiled at the very thought of courting death at the end of The Avengers, it was clear Marvel had a cosmic slate in mind. They’ve already referenced Thanos by displaying the Infinity Gauntlet in Thor so I wouldn’t be surprised if this new threat appears in Thor: The Dark World in some way. But it will be interesting to see if they include Thanos in Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Those franchises weren’t really linked to the stars until Cap and Stark joined forces to fight Loki’s army in The Avengers.
How will Phase Two’s slate of blockbusters connect together? What part will Thanos play? What do Joss Whedon and Marvel have in store for us?
This is why Guardians of the Galaxy is a key addition to the universe. It’s a perfect way to focus on the cosmos and truly develop a threat far greater than Loki’s ego.
Although… I really have no idea what to expect from a franchise I know nothing about…
BUT THAT’S A GOOD THING
To be honest, I’m pretty excited that I can go into this film and discover a new world… That’s kind of connected to a world I’m very familiar with.
WHO ARE THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY?
Here is an official log line:
“A U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.”
A little digging online helped me understand how the Guardians factor into the Thanos storyline. It’s easy to understand why Marvel gave this movie the green light. I’m willing to leave it at that. But I thought I’d include some Thanos/Guardians links I found around the web:
Let’s take a closer look at Marvels new Guardians of the Galaxy | First Showing
Will Thanos be in Guardians of the Galaxy? | CinemaBlend
Giant tree, space marine, cape person, zombie guy, angry raccoon = Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot?
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
I’m far from an expert on comic books and I certainly haven’t delved into the farthest corners of Marvel’s universe but I’m excited to meet some new people. In a world full of sequels and reboots, Guardians of the Galaxy might be what the movie world needs. It’s a risk. It might pay off and it might be a disaster but at least Marvel is willing to give these characters a shot. Who knows what might be possible if Guardians succeeds at the box office. Perhaps a few of them will appear in The Avengers 2 to help stop Thanos for good.
I’m ready for a new super hero franchise but for the first time, I have no idea what to expect. We all knew what Spider-Man would be like in 2002 and we certainly knew what to expect when it was rebooted in 2012. People know Batman and Superman. We are all familiar with Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor.
If you’re like me, Guardians of the Galaxy is a complete mystery but I’m perfectly happy with that.