With everything from Doctor Strange to Black Panther in the rumor mill, most fans were more than a little surprised when Marvel unveiled plans for a movie based on the relatively obscure Guardians of the Galaxy. But a former writer for the comic says that lack of expectations that could actually help the film succeed.
Made up of second-tier and leftover Marvel characters, the cult-fave Guardians team is an admittedly odd choice.
But Keith Giffen, co-creator of Guardian member Rocket Raccoon, told Vulture he thinks it's the perfect property for Marvel to try out some different things on the big screen, since the average moviegoer doesn't know what to expect anyway:
"It's the lighthearted, fun, quip-filled, bouncy stuff that fits in pretty well with all the stuff they're already doing, and going out into space will be a nice change of setting. Everyone has a firm idea of who and what Spider-Man is. If you stray too far from that, people will say, 'That's not the Spider-Man that I know,' and they're disappointed. Whereas if you throw a bunch of characters like Drax on a movie screen, there are relatively few people who have some idea in their head."
One former Guardians staffer said the comic became their own little corner to play around with science fiction tropes and ideas that fell outside the typical Marvel universe:
"A lot of these characters were sort of laying around. We thought, 'No one really seems to have a great deal of affection for them, so maybe we can push the Marvel science-fiction universe a little further.'"What do you think of Marvel's decision to bring the team to the big screen?