The leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy is apparently knocked out by the movie that puts his team and the Avengers together for the first time.
Speaking with the Toronto Sun, Chris Pratt -- who plays Star-Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies -- had some serious praise for Avengers: Infinity War, which he and his fellow Guardians have been shooting scenes for lately. Here's Pratt:
“I think this sequel transcends the genre in a way. It’s a deep motion picture and something different than just a big spectacle film. There’s a difference between dime-store novels and literature and this is like literature. It’s going to stand the test of time. It’s maybe this decade’s movie, if not a longer period of time."
Wow. Now we understand that Pratt likes being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or least the corner of it that the Guardians occupy, so he's going to naturally say nice things about his current job. But "this decade's movie"? And a film that "transcends the genre"? He's not kidding around, is he?
The fact is that Marvel Studios has been building up to Infinity War for nearly 10 years, ever since launching the MCU in 2008 with Iron Man. Each piece of the puzzle has been laid carefully into place since then, with the films introducing more heroes, more regions of the universe and more concepts like the Infinity Stones, all of it pointing to a tremendous, reality-shifting confrontation with the Mad Titan, Thanos.
So it makes sense that Marvel would want to make this culmination into something special and unforgettable, especially since we may be saying goodbye to the MCU and a number of its principal characters as we've known them.
The last time anyone talked about a superhero movie transcending the genre was probably in 2008 when The Dark Knight came out. Despite some recent contenders like Logan and even, in its own quirky way, Deadpool, a comics-based film has not come on like a real game-changer or been taken seriously as "literature." Could directors Anthony and Joe Russo, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, producer Kevin Feige and their huge cast of heroes and villains create a new standard with this one?
And if they do, then how the hell does Avengers 4 measure up?
Avengers: Infinity War is out May 4, 2018.