Those clever little Hobbits over at Marvel have done it again, hiding something really very cool right in the score to Guardians of the Galaxy. Okay, so maybe it's not really your standard Easter egg - it doesn't hint at any upcoming Marvel projects, storylines, or characters we might see on screen. Still, it's just another example of just how clever Marvel has been in weaving the giant, sprawling tapestry that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Take a listen to the score from the final battle of [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) below, courtesy of USA Today.
Hear anything unusual? No? Listen again, and pay attention at 1:32 and 3:45. Sound familiar? It should, being basically a modified version of The Avengers' theme, and a bit of music you've probably heard before without realizing it. It's a slick, subtle way of letting audiences know that the Guardians - and [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) - are definitely a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe while still letting them be their own unique team. The sweeping fanfare is distinctly Marvel, making sure to remind us of the Guardians' place. They're not the Earth's Mightiest Heroes; they're the Galaxy's Mightiest Heroes, but they're still Marvel heroes, all the same. Now, this could very well just be only me who hears it, and like I said, it's definitely modified, but it's still absolutely Marvel to the core.
Why is this so smart? Because this is the reaction most audiences have when hearing "Guardians of the Galaxy":
I've seen it. You've seen it. We've all seen the reactions of fans who aren't Marvel comic book fans, but only fans of the Marvel movies without any knowledge of the characters: A talking raccoon? Pffft, I can't take this movie seriously (they say as they embrace a giant, green ragemonster and alien god who wears a cape and talks like Shakespeare).
But come on, guys. This is MARVEL we're talking about. They know what they're doing. Still, it's the studio's biggest, riskiest gamble to date, and there will always be skeptics. Reminding audiences that the Guardians are still very much under the umbrella of the same studio that has brought us The Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor both in the marketing and during the movie is a very savvy way of letting audiences know that it's going to be absolutely up to Marvel standards.
And trust me, it is. I've already gotten to see the movie and it just might be the best film Marvel has ever done. Clever Marvel.
Start your countdown, movie fans: [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) is in theaters on August 1st.