How the Guardians of the Galaxy sent the MCU to space
These days, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is filled with aliens, intergalactic travel, and a whole multiverse to explore, but it hasn’t always been so. Remember August 1, 2014. Barack Obama was entering the final three years of his presidency, Crazy Stupid Love was number one on the charts, and the MCU was about to release its most unique, exciting, and hottest movie. different to this day. It might not be the best space movie ever, but it changed Marvel forever.
It wasn’t just the now legendary soundtrack: “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a whole different experience than what had happened before. Although it saw Asgard Gods, Bifrost, and Aliens invade other worlds in “Avengers Assemble,” the MCU was still largely focused on this tiny little planet we call Earth. Yes, there were snippets of the larger universe in previous films, but they hadn’t dared to put an entire film in worlds we can only see through telescopes. And beyond.
Marvel’s Last Frontier
The Guardians of the Galaxy tragic opening scene may have taken place on Earth, but it was truly a departure from the third rock from the sun. For the first time, it was not Earth that was saved. Earth was nestled in its bed, happily enjoying a rest as a brand new planet, Xandar, faced complete extinction.
Completely new planets are introduced in this movie – and we can see how different they are. Knowhere is a seedy hot bed of illegality and crime founded in the drifting skull of an ancient creature. Xandar is the home of high society, law and fairness. Venturing beyond the stars gave us the opportunity to see other civilizations, clues to how they worked and the conflicts they have with each other.
The Kree war with the Nova Corps is the basis of this film. We cannot fully explore it, but space is not just a setting. There is a story, people fighting, broken peace treaties, and families desperate to survive all-out war. It’s more than just a backdrop.
New aliens, new perspectives
At the center of this movie are the titular Guardians, and we can see from their makeup how different the “Guardians of the Galaxy” are from the above. There’s a Talking Tree, a hyper-intelligent and sarcastic raccoon, the daughter of the MCU’s biggest villain, and brawler Kylosian bent on revenge. Oh, and a human.
Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, is our main replacement and arguably the audience. Thanks to him, we explore this universe, jump from planet to planet, visit new cultures and prisons that we have simply never seen before. Quill’s humanity is a rarity in the alien species assortment. In fact, he’s not even called a human, but he’s continually referred to as a “Terran,” usually when the Ravagers who kidnapped him back to Earth discuss his past and their seemingly kind gesture of not eating him.
This film also gives us a new perspective on our heroes on screen. On Earth, the Avengers seemed special, while the Guardians are a motley bunch of misfits. Sure, some have super strength or are more than your regular elm or oak, but they don’t stand out. They could blend in with the background, unlike Thor or Captain America. Despite being in a universe filled with so many aliens, this was arguably the first MCU movie that gave us heroes we could really relate to. All it took was going to space for Marvel to make our heroes more like us.
We are also first introduced to the Kree, who have become a big part of “Captain Marvel”, played an important role in three series of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”, are responsible for countless atrocities across the galaxy. and aided Thanos in his quest for the Infinity Stones. Their way of life, of oppressive quasi-nationalist attacks on other cultures, is fascinating to watch and weaves an obscurity into the Marvel films that the series is founded. Rather heartbreaking for a race that was presented as supporting characters in this space-centric comedy.
Spaceships, oxygen helmets and arrows?
“Guardians of the Galaxy” introduced us to epic spaceships – like the Ravager fleets and Ronan’s Kree battleship – as well as the Peter Quill mask. This fully singing mask can translate languages, regulate oxygen, change size and shape depending on the wearer, and it also allows Quill to analyze battles and improve his vision. In the comics, Quill originally had cybernetic implants instead of a simple, sleek, and easy-to-use mask. How things could have been different with cyborg Chris Pratt leading the Guardians.
Perhaps the best technology in the space age is Yondu’s Spire. Not fired by a bow, this arrow rests in a holster until called out by a high-pitched whistle from its owner, who has a red implant in his head so he can control the arrow. He will then happily roam the battlefield to the sound of a chorus of whistles, eliminating enemies before returning to Yondu’s holster. It’s not only incredibly cool to watch, but it hints at the widespread availability of cybernetic enhancements in this universe, something the MCU has never addressed before.
How this space trip changed the future
After 2014, the MCU turned to the stars. It wasn’t just “Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2,” “Thor: Ragnorok” finally gave us an adventure with the Norse god who is no longer stuck on Earth. “Avengers Infinity War” and “Endgame” featured all of the best sights the universe had to offer, with Thanos threatening the safety of all life, not just mankind.
Earth never ceased to be the focal point, but after “Guardians of the Galaxy” it was no longer the center of the universe. Without “Guardians,” the best Marvel movies wouldn’t have been so varied, full of life, and so epic in scope. In short, we wouldn’t have the MCU that broke records and became such a phenomenon.
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