I'm a comics nerd and specifically of space comics like silver surfer and the infinity gauntlet stuff but guardians of the galaxy is a weak property. Couldn't believe the original series lasted that long and that it was ever rebooted with better series out there. If mArvel uses this to segue into infinity gauntlet it's only because they botched silver surfer with a crap fantastic four movie. He's the real way to connect it with avengers.
there are hundreds of similar and better green lantern stories than gotg but dc botched that chance.
Iron Man was a weak property as well until RDJr came up with a performance of a lifetime. There is no reason Marvel can't make this work. Flawed characters are the best type, and that is the problem with DC's heroes. There are very few flaws in their heavy hitter lineup. I can't believe they are letting Snyder direct another movie. DC should just stick to the animated films. Those are awesome.
I missed the discussion about what characters could be in what movies, and it is correct that Marvel sold the rights to different characters to different studios. You have to remember that at the time they did that, Marvel was not in good shape financially and so the contracts were heavily weighted towards the studios. As long as Fox and Sony keep using the characters every few years, Marvel will never get them back.
It's so bad that Universal bought the rights to all Marvel Characters for their theme parks and tried to sue Disney when they put a wrap advertising The Avengers movie on one of their monorails. Disney got off on a technicality though. The monorail with the wrap only used the resort loop to the Magic Kingdom (which never enters a "park"). Had they used the Epcot loop (which does cross into Epcot) Universal would have won.
That's a pretty interesting graphic. I thought the funniest part was that at some point a studio executive thought snapping up the solo rights to Namor was a savvy business decision.
I'd really love to see where all the rights land for the various villains and minor characters. That would really clear up a lot of questions people have about whether certain story arcs can or can't be recreated in the Marvel films/live-action shows.
I know this will make me sound old and everything.... but I thought there was a LOT more violence than I was expecting. I'm not a prude (love the head-chopping scene in Fellowship of the Ring), but I didn't expect the often cruel and light manner in which death was treated in this movie. Small spoiler, but there is a scene where one character kills about a dozen enemies and then turns and smiles at the camera in a kind of "well aren't I cute" kind of manner which I thought was in poor taste.
Overall I really enjoyed the movie. But I would not take kids under 13 personally.
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