Guardians of the Galaxy Star-Lord Looks Legendary In 2 New Images From GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY written by Sean Gerber May 7, 2014 Marvel has released two still of Chris Pratt in helmeted Star-Lord gear in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Legendary or not, Peter Quill looks the part. Star-Lord Looks Legendary In 2 New Images From GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Guardians of the GalaxyMarvelMarvel Cinematic Universe 20 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post MMM Podcast #175: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Cast Announced! next post CONSTANTINE, THE FLASH, and IZOMBIE All Get Series Pickups You may also like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Extends Marvel’s Worldwide... October 27, 2014 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Stars Shine On... 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The audience has changed. Many of them have grown up with various concepts stemming from comics, video games cartoons and anime as well as films and books that probably have just as many silly elements in them but hasn’t stopped half of those things becoming billion dollar businesses.Most i will add are being brought by a lot more adults than there were back in 1994. Things that people weren’t doing or finding acceptable in 1994 is now acceptable in 2014. I think the audience is willing to accept a talking raccoon and a talking tree(as they did in LOTR with Treebeard and the Ents) as long as the movie is good. If the film isn’t good than that’s where the real problems will lie. Robert Reineke I’ve certainly seen weirder in the 1980s from fantasy and science fiction films. Of course, the “next Star Wars” never really emerged, but there are plenty of well remembered films of that type. What worries people is that GotG is unknown and not “pre-sold”. Yeah, it doesn’t have name recognition and a huge established fan base. But, there’s nothing to suggest that audiences won’t turn out for this type of science fiction adventure if it’s good. That said, it’s time for the marketing machine to gear up again and get another trailer out (probably in tandem with MALEFICENT). The first trailer got people’s attention, but you have to sell more substance and story. A guy in a mask really doesn’t mean anything to 99% of potential movie audiences. texvor Exactly and the 1950s had even werider concepts. Again i would mention Antman hasn’t got a big name recognition or that much of a big fanbase outside of comic book fans and that’s debatable because there hasn’t been that many ant man books in awhile compared to GotG books. The big risk for Marvel i feel is the august weekend opening which has always been low compared to may june and july. I don’t doubt the film will be succesful but it may not have a big BO because receipts in august usually dies down for some reason. Also i feel this will more likely make its money back in europe and make half in the states which is becoming a worrying trend…. Robert Reineke Honestly, in tone and the idea of throwing in a bunch of alien characters, I’m not sure that GotG is all that different from MEN IN BLACK. Or GALAXY QUEST. And, given that we’re running up on the 50th anniversary of STAR TREK and the 40th anniversary of STAR WARS, I’d argue that the audience at least gets the idea. Obviously, GotG needs to stand on its own feet as a movie, as after all the spectacle that the summer will deliver by then, I think an ok movie will be met with a shrug at the box office. texvor Yes, i think we should trust the general audience in regards to this. Marvel is a trusted brand and GotG is associated with it, so that’s one plus as well as having the Disney marketing machine behind it(under Marvel’s direction) is another plus. I don’t think there is any real competition coming out the same time as GotG, either. So it remains to be seen how much buisness it does on opening weekend and how much repeat buisness is can generate after its first weekend. So with that in mind we should see if it follows the trend of the other Marvel movies like the first Thor and Captain America movies that had solid takings at the box office but nothing steller or a steller box office take like Iron Man managed. On a side note one of the stars of that movie, the wrestler Batista returned to wrestling where he was met with constant boos by the crowd. It got to the point where they decided to turn him from a good guy into a bad guy because of the crowd reaction. Because he happens to be in this movie playing one of the good guys is probably why the WWE brought him back so they can cash in on him by the time the movie comes back but if the fans hate the guy regardless it may hurt part of the planned promotion that they obviously had in place to market that movie to that important demographic that watches that type of show.. Robert Reineke JUPITER ASCENDING opens really close. It will obviously need good reviews, but they’re both space operas in their own ways and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Wachowskis have a good, or at least, ambitious movie still in them. Too early to say about it, but I get a sense that the Wachowskis have a “space fairy tale” thing going on and it wouldn’t surprise me if the JUPITER ASCENDING title is slightly feminist and indicates a woman coming into power. We should remember that women like going to movies too. Frankly, I hope both are good and successful. We can never have too many good movies. texvor Like i said before, the ultimate winners will be the fans who love these type of genres. As long as they are good that is. I wish both productions the best of luck and a good movie experience for all who goes to see them… Robert Reineke It wouldn’t be totally surprising if GotG is more popular domestically and JUPITER ASCENDING is more popular in some foreign markets based on name stars and the questions on how comedy translates to some cultures and languages. So, I think there’s room for both to be successful. Here’s hoping they’re both good. stock I don’t know how many folks who had never heard of LOTR, or had any interest in it previous to the movies accepted a talking tree, but for those of us who wanted to see Treebeard et.al, for years, we embraced it fully. With GOTG, its different, because even as a Marvel property, its not all that well known. Rocket and Groot are going to have to transcend their visual images in order for the non-comic buying public to accept them. In short, they’re going to have to be great characters in a very good movie. Here’s hoping it turns out that way. texvor It isn’t different. Its another example of fans living in a bubble. The film isn’t any different to any other proprty being adapted to the big screen from whatever medium its from. “oooh a talking raccoon will the public accept that?” Will the public accept a giant lizard smashing the hell of San Francisco? Geez. GotG has every chance like any other unknown property that became a success. The potential is there but it goes down to the strengh of the film and how Marvel markets it to people. I’m not going to worry about this movie’s chances just because its a comic book movie that no one knows. Hell we might as well be worried about Ant Man’s chances and any other unknown Marvel property.So far Marvel has had more success with their lesser known characters like Iron Man and Thor compard to their well known character like the Hulk. Like i said were not in 1994 anymore people are more open minded to various concepts as long as the film they are watching is any good, if its not then you will hear the blunt criticism. stock I can see you like to debate. I wish you were good at it. I can’t tell if you’re arguing for or against the point I was making. Let me say right off that I’m not worried. At all. As far as Godzilla, I don’t know when you were born, but Godzilla’s been in about 20 movies of varying quality for almost 60 years. If somebody doesn’t accept him, I’m sure his answer is “F. you. Pay me.” Let me try to say this again, and trust me, I’m not dogging GOTG, okay? LOTR was a hugely anticipated series of movies based on the most beloved and regarded fantasy novels ever. EVER. That’s not opinion, that’s fact. There were more people who didn’t accept Faramir being tempted by the ring than those who didn’t accept Treebeard. The millions who know and love those books accepted a talking tree because they anxiously awaited seeing that particular talking tree on film. Were there people who didn’t accept him? I don’t know, try to find a woman and ask her. As far as the other characters you mentioned, Thor, Iron Man, again, well known properties that have been established in the mainstream for decades, so your point is moot. The point is there is a difference between unknown and known properties to the movie going public. That’s the only point. I will agree, and I did agree that GOTG will have to be a very good movie. I hope it is. If I think it is, then I’m not going to care who accepts Rocket or Groot. I really don’t know what 1994 has to do with anything, except maybe bad Batman movies. Were you around then? Nobody had ever heard of Star Wars before 1977. Did people accept it? I don’t know. What do you think? texvor I wish you were good at making points that made sense and not used in hindsisght . One: LOTR was anticipated by people familiar with the books but most people who saw the movie had no idea what LOTR was about let alone knew any of the characters. That is a fact. In fact most of the mainstream media was anticipating Harry Potter as being more of a big deal than LOTR. Unless you think that the majority of people who went to see the LOTR films had all read the books. Second, Thor and Iron Man were not mainstream characters. They weren’t even household names up to that point. Not a difference but fact. Outside of the people who knew the comics or watched a couple of cartoons, Iron Man and Thor were not mainstream characters. And the point of Godzilla still goes. The concept of a giant lizard smashing down a city wasn’t ridiculous to the people who first saw it back in 54 and kept on watching the movie through countles generations either in the states or Japan for twenty plus years. So i don’t see what makes GotG stand out specifically in the context of anything else made in or completed from other genres. The promise of the movie lies on how good it is not how outlandish it may look. Ghostbusters was an outlandish film at the time but it was a good film and most people enjoyed the film for what it was.They accepted the fact that it had a giant Marshmellow man redy to destroy New York. It didn’t stop the film making repeat takings at the box office and turning the movie into a worldwide hit. Its this type of mentality about whether the public will accept concepts from a comic book, that you are demonstrating with GotG that has ruined certain movies from Marvel in getting made properly in the past like the Fantastic Four sequel because the producers felt that the public wouldn’t accept a giant humanoid figure like Galactus eating a planet and so they changed him into a cloud while neglacting the fact that the film they made as well as the first one was bad from the get go. stock tex, I’m not demonstrating any mentality against GOTG, I’m only pointing out that you make really bad comparisons. But I gotta admire someone who doubles down on one bad argument by making another. Personally, outside of this statement, I wouldn’t mention Harry Potter in the same breath as LOTR, movies or books. And to go from that to Ghostbusters? The Marshmallow Man? Like I said, you are just bad at this. And I have neither the patience of Mr. Reineke nor apparently your passion for how obscure characters in any movie are accepted. So lets just agree that we both hope that GOTG is a really good movie, and Rocket and Groot are characters that you can enjoy and give a damn about. Have a pleasant afternoon. texvor It always makes me laugh when someone acts smarter yet don’t demonstrate any actual intelligence. Ghostbusters: I clearly mentioned at the time. No one knew what to expect in the film. The film was outlandish at the time. So was half the concepts. Yet the audience accepted it AT the time. The same goes for LOTR and for Harry Potter. Each had ridiculous or silly elements in them that managed to make it into the final film(s) and were shown to a cinema going public who the majority of which would NOT have been familiar with the source material. The fact that you can’t see past you own little world isn’t my problem. The fact of the matter is ALL these concepts that were made into film were still willingy to take it to an audience that more than likely had no idea what to expect from these properties. You can go on that two of them were well known at the time before they were released but that never guarantees a succesful film. Again you demonstrate the problem with a lot of comic book fans today. You live in this bubble, thinking and worrying about how different your medium is compared to everything else and how that medium especially on film has to be always perfect or strive for realism, when no other medium no matter what genre they have, has no problem in translating some of the far fetched concepts onto film without worrying about what the public may think. The fact that you not only can’t understand this but couldn’t even be bothered to address the original post properly without trying to be a cleverclogs just goes to show its you not me that has the lack of intelligence. Geez, some people today…. Robert Reineke I think that Biblical movies have a mixed track record shows that being well known only takes you so far. It helps, but it’s only part of the equation. texvor Exactly. Like a lot of genres on whatever medium, being known isn’t a gurantee of bums on seats and overcoming the movies budget att he box office. I think there has been many big flops on films that was based on things that had a big mainstream and household name. Robert Reineke The one argument I would make though is that there’s no audience for a bad GotG or other unknown property film. Maybe not even for a mediocre one. And word gets around fast these days. texvor That’s exactly what i’m trying to convey. Any lesser known or unknown property has the potential of being a success. GotG chances are no difference to any other lesser know, unknown or brand new film property that’s ever been released. Comic books adaptations has been part of film for nearly a century now and the Superhero genre has always been the lead genre that Hollywood likes to adapt. I don’t think the public which has seen this material over the generations is going to think less of GotG because its a comic book adaptation or that it appears to be outlandish. What we have seen with various films like Godzilla 97 and Batman and Robin is if the film is bad and insults the intelligence of the viewer then word of mouth will kill it in its tracks if its really good then it should help it even more.That’s the bottom line. GotG has more things going for it at the moment. If anything the one thing we all should be worried about is the eventual superhero fatigue that may happen because nearly every studio is making a superhero film and that similar to the cowboy western boom that started around the late 40s and ended in the mid to late sixties is what could kill the genre because people was tired of seeing every other movie being about a cowboy.