Who would have thought a talking racoon & tree duo, a green assassin, a pro-wrestler, and Andy Dwyer of Parks & Rec would be Marvel’s Blockbuster of the Summer?
Guardians of the Galaxy premieres tomorrow, and die-hard Marvel fans are gearing up for the next wave of films. But, let’s face it: who knew about Guardians of the Galaxy before this movie was announced? It’s an obscure comic. There’s a talking raccoon in it for starters. So, that’s weird. The tree-man who is confined to the simple phrase, “I am Groot,” doesn’t help matters either.
Marvel still expects to make bank for it though. At the time of this posting, the company has greenlit and dated not one, but two sequels – a rather obvious show of faith. They have every right to be cocky as well; their previous films have been the summer blockbusters to beat. Iron Man brought in $409 million, while The Avengers remains the heavyweight champion, raking in $623 million.
Theorists and cynics alike claim the end of the superhero genre is nigh – then why does Marvel feel so comfortable releasing the film featuring Rocket Raccoon, Star-Lord, Groot, and Gamora? It seems like a rather risky choice. Read More »