I never expected Iron Man to be good. It’s not that I didn’t have faith in Jon Favreau or Robert Downey Jr., it’s just that I never cared that much about Iron Man. My expectations were so low that I waited for the movie to show up on home video before I ever gave it a chance. I regret not seeing it in the theater because Favreau and Downey Jr. made a character that I only sort of cared about, into one of Marvel’s top tier franchises. Iron Man 3 is on the way and I couldn’t be more excited. I am all aboard on Marvel Phase 2.
Obviously I figured Phase 2 would consist of the characters primarily featured in The Avengers, but then Marvel announced that a Guardians of the Galaxy movie was on the way. After I went to Wikipedia to find out exactly what the hell Guardians of the Galaxy was, I asked myself, “Why should I care?”
I’m only something of a casual comic book fan. I’ll watch just about any comic book movie, i.e. Ghost Rider, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Green Lantern, etc. I try to read comics when I can, but I don’t necessarily keep up with titles that don’t include the words Spider, Bat, or Man. So if I offend any die-hard fans of the Guardians I do apologize. I have to give Marvel Studios the benefit of the doubt, as we all should, simply based on their track record. I never thought I’d go see a Thor movie and yet there I was in the theater on opening day. I’m sure Marvel knows what they’re doing but here is a list of 5 ways to make me, the casual comic/movie fan, care about the Guardians of the Galaxy movie…
5. Make Thanos the Main Villain
I’m not sure if it has been officially announced yet, but I’ve read about some rumors that Thanos will be the villain of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Very good move on the part of Marvel if this is the case. Marvel/Whedon teased Thanos at the end of The Avengers and prompted non-nerds to look up the character and his history. Since the Guardians are a team that is based in outer space, and Thanos is all about outer space, it will be a great way to do a Thanos movie and establish him as a huge threat in The Avengers sequel.
He should definitely be the main villain of the film. If the main villain of this film is someone who, like Loki in The Avengers, you find out is working at the behest of Thanos, then that’s not really something I’d be that interested in. Make it Thanos for 2 hours, and my ticket is sold.
This article was first posted on January 29, 2013