To date, Marvel (Disney) have been careful to stay in popular territory. Captain America, Thor and Ironman are easy pics for a popular comic book movie. But their move to put Guardians of the Galaxy on the big screen is risky at best. None of the characters are well known 'canon' characters and not one of them have the kind of fan base the 'Big Three' have with the Avengers. BUT, after seeing the recent trailer, it seems that Marvel is putting all of these nay-sayers to rest.
First of all, after teasing Thanos in the credits of the first Avengers movie, this story makes sense. It also brings the mysterious Collector back from the recent Thor movie. Still, this pack of anti-heroes, leaves us wondering. Will it tank at the box office? Or will it follow the success of Avengers and Thor: the Dark World and gain energy on a second installment of Captain America also out this year?
Here are the factors.
STARLORD aka Chris Pratt
As the leader of this team, what has he done in the past to warrant such belief that he can actually be the leading man here?
Batista as DRAX, the Destroyer
If you watch wrestling, and I do, you would know that Batista, although an awesome physical specimen, is lacking in the acting skills. He left to fulfill an MMA career that didn't seem to pan out and only came back recently, I'm sure, to push his new movie. By himself, he comes up short.
Vin Diesel as Groot.
Ok, here's a conundrum. Why pay a big actor (the biggest next to Del Toro maybe) to come in and never physically show up in the movie and only voice (if they stay true to the comic) a one word vocabulary? Does it warrant pulling Vin in for this one?
Zoe Saldana as Gammora
Ok, she's proven she can play a wild, vicious alien in AVATAR. So, maybe...IDK. But can she come over as a bad ass killer?
Rocket Racoon Voiced by Bradley Cooper
This little guy will probably steal the show. But Marvel Vs Capcom fans are expecting a British accent and, if the toy is to be taken seriously, he may sound more like he's from Brooklyn.
Karen Gillan as Nebula
This may be the riskiest of all moves. Take a beautiful Dr. Who companion, known far and wide for her perky, head-strong character, you shave her head and make her a villain. This will definitely challenge the young actress and show us what kind of depth she has. My only question is whose idea was it? Because I would have never thought of her.
All in all, taken alone, this is a wash. But this movie isn't about one character like Thor or Ironman where the movie rises and falls with one character. No, this is a true ensemble movie and, in their own way, Marvel seems to have actually chosen wisely.
The proof will be in the pudding come opening day.