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MCU Retrospective: Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel’s first foray into the cosmos and the most lighthearted of the MCU movies, Guardians of the Galaxy is certainly unique.

Right off the bat you get one of the best character introductions in the entire MCU with (adult) Starlord’s introduction/dance montage that sets the stage for not only who the character is, but also what to expect out of the entire rest of the movie.

After watching two very dark and serious movies in a row with Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World, the levity and absurdity of this movie was refreshing. Combine the bright colors and wise-cracking raccoons with the best soundtrack in the MCU and you get just an insane and ridiculous time. Is it the best movie in the MCU? Not by a long-shot. I would still probably throw it in the bottom half of my top ten though.

I had forgotten just how daunting a villain Ronan the Accuser actually was. Aside from Thanos, I believe he’s the only villain in the MCU that’s actually incited fear and hushed whispering among groups of people because of how brutal and maniacal he is. Lee Pace did an excellent job with the character.

Before I started this MCU re-watch I saw something that said throughout the MCU there’s a constant running joke involving the number 12 throughout the movies because it’s the largest single-syllable number in the English language and since hearing that fact I haven’t been able to not notice it. In The Avengers Tony and Pepper make jokes about 12% ownership in Stark Industries. In Guardians, Starlord makes a joke about having 12% of a plan. I think there was another 12% joke in one of the other movies I’ve re-watched but what it is eludes me right now. It’s one of those things that once you realize it, you won’t be able to un-realize it (sorry about that).

Not much more to say about Guardians. It’s just an overall fun time and worth a re-watch if you’re bored and run out of other stuff to watch.


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