Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy? If you haven’t, you’ve done yourself a grave disservice. It looks like everyone and their dog has hit up the theater for this film and what looked like a bit of a gamble has definitely paid off.
When they first announced this movie, only super loyal Marvel fans really had an idea of what it was about since this particular branch of the Universe was relatively unknown to the general public — until now.
The odds seemed even less in the franchise’s favor since Chris Pratt had never been the lead star in a film and had more of a reputation for being pudgy than the in-shape badass that appeared on the big screen this summer. Sure, we all could recognize Zoe Saldana but the other big stars, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, took the shape of animated characters (Rocket and Groot, respectively). Therefore, the studio can absolutely say that this movie was driven by a great script instead of relying on familiar faces.
Now, it’s almost unbelievable that Guardians of the Galaxy has managed to become the third highest-grossing Marvel Studio film of all time at the domestic box office. In order to accomplish this feat, it had to blow past Iron Man, which it did in its ninth week of release. The only movies that have done better, at this point, are The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
So far, Guardians of the Galaxy has raked in $644.3 million worldwide which is absolutely incredible, all things considered. It’s no surprise that Marvel was confident enough to announce a sequel at San Diego Comic Con before the film had even been released in theaters. We know the follow-up is set to premiere on July 28, 2017 and fans are hoping to resolve some questions (including who or what is Peter’s father?).
It didn’t hurt matters that the movie’s soundtrack was pretty fantastic and, I’m sure, made more than a few people long for the old days when Walkmans were cool. It should be interesting to see how all of these pieces of the Marvel Universe eventually intertwine but, again, it’s like the studio can really do no wrong.
This puts even more pressure on DC Comics to deliver with it’s upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie. Chris Pratt was able to make the transition from jokester to superhero – will Ben Affleck be able to do the same as the Caped Crusader?