It’s awfully hard to capture lightning in a bottle twice. Writer/director James Gunn’s first outing in the world of Marvel Studios, 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, was the first true breath of fresh air in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, which was by no means stale, but had by then settled into a relatively safe-feeling pattern of […]
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Universes Expanded: Guardians of the Galaxy Far, Far Away
When George Lucas’s first Star Wars film hit theaters in 1977, audiences were awed by its spectacle: the effects, the costumes, the music, the spaceships, the battles, all of it. As mesmerizing as it was to behold, though, the story was not exactly original. Star Wars was, essentially, The Lord of the Rings, The Hidden […]
BIG THINGS IN SPACE: Avengers + The Guardians of the Galaxy = High Fashion?
Next year, the main event of the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes down in Avengers: Infinity War. It has been confirmed that the film will feature the first crossover between the two super-teams: the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m expecting that next month’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is going to lay some […]
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Guardians’ Director James Gunn
Writer-Director James Gunn has no business helming a mega blockbuster for Marvel Studios. That’s what logic would have you believe. Gunn’s big break came from tireless hypeman Lloyd Kaufman, the absurdist indie movie maven who co-founded Troma Entertainment and created no-budget cult fare like The Toxic Avenger. And one of the most highly anticipated releases […]
Guardians of the Galaxy, Old and New
In January 1969, before Neil Armstrong stepped upon the surface of the Moon, but lasting until well after Harrison Schmidt returned to Earth, there was an unsuccessful fiction about traveling through space, colonizing worlds, and fighting invaders. Like the Lunar trips, it was very much a product of its times, but they were not all […]
Star-Lord Goes Solo
Before the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was released to universal (AND GALACTIC, AMIRITE?) acclaim, Brian Michael Bendis relaunched the title through Marvel as an epic comic-book space opera. High stakes, royal politics, crossovers with other superhero titles – basically, doing following through on his concept and early subtitle of Cosmic Avengers. I really like […]
Once upon a time, a curious me wanted to catch up on Avengers history. Through some digging, I found a name that kept popping up on the top 5 greatest Avengers stories of all time: The Korvac Saga. So I found myself a trade copy and decided to see what all the hubbub was about. […]
First Read: Gamora #1
James Gunn often gets praised as a visionary director and writer for what he did on Guardians of the Galaxy. He deserves every bit of that praise and more. Someone who does not get their due credit, from what I’ve seen, is Nicole Perlman, who co-wrote the screenplay. Now, I know that often directors and […]
April Is Guardians of the Galaxy Month!
At this writing we’re only four weeks away from the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and here to celebrate it is our Artist-in-Residence Elena Casagrande, who brings us this amazing Guardians banner! Look for more GOTG features all month here at Blastoff!
The Origins of Star-Lord
I’m not sure if you’ve heard this, but Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is coming to theaters. I’d be amazed if anyone has managed to avoid the seeming deluge of marketing surrounding the film. It feels like there have been at least 20 trailers and television spots. But, they’re effective. The ragtag group of outlaws […]