Now, however, Marvel has gotten comfortable producing sequels to its hit properties and is reentering unknown territory. Who are the Guardians of the Galaxy? How is this film tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)?
Director James Gunn recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about who the general moviegoing audience will be meeting this summer. Comic book fans, who have some familiarity with and expectations of these characters, are excited to see them on the big screen. But what about those of you just diving right in? Here's how Gunn sums up the characters for you.
As for the big bad, Thanos, teased at the end of The Avengers, appears in the film. He may not be the main antagonist, but he certainly helps lead the film into The Avengers 3, where he will take center stage. Gunn says Thanos has been rendered using motion capture, so he may be performed by someone who's already been announced, and we just don’t realize it yet.
Every Marvel film has had some connection to a sought after element (the Cosmic Cube in Captain America: The First Avenger, the aether in Thor: The Dark World, etc.), which all seem to be leading to a cinematic take on the famous Infinity Gauntlet story from the comic books. When all these items are assembled, it grants the owner unlimited power over time and space. Marvel characters have always thrived in situations out of their control and over their heads.
It will be interesting to see how the soldier, the knight, and the god react to a cosmic threat of this scale. What are your thoughts? Are Cap's boots better on the ground than in space? Or does this lead to all-new possibilities?