Here it is. The Guardians of the Galaxy is proof that Marvel is putting DC to absolute shame in Hollywood. While DC can’t even keep one of its flagship franchises from being a self-serious bore, Marvel is turning another one of it’s tertiary properties into a breezy good time at the movies. Of course, we’ll have to see the movie itself to be sure, but g*ddamn this trailer hits all the right notes.
Back in 2008, when most film-goers hadn’t the foggiest clue what an Iron Man was, Marvel decided to hire a comedy director for the big screen adaptation. 6 years, 2.5 Billion international dollars, and one guy‘s revived career later, I’m thinking it was the right call. Since they’ve got James Gunn (Slither, the 2004 Dawn of the Dead) on Guardians, they still seem to know where the talent lies.
See, this is how you treat a comic book property on the big screen. You have fun with the action, and you make the sillier things into jokes. That’s why I enjoyed Thor 2 (it was a straight comedy) and that’s why I fell asleep in the theater watching Man of Steel. They bent over backwards trying to make the goofy kryptonian sh*t so Gritty ™ and realistic. And serious. And boring.
C’mon, this is supposed to be fun. Even Nolan’s Batman movies knew when to crack a smile. I know I did during this trailer. August 1st. I can’t wait.