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Since the release of Guardians of the Galaxy this past summer, fans have been making comparisons between the titular team and Marvel’s other golden group, The Avenges. After all, Star-Lord and Iron Man are both charismatic badasses; Gamora and Black Widow have a similar bloody histories and path towards redemption; and both Groot and Hulk are limited in speech but incredibly powerful. But what sets them apart? According to Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, one key difference is the depth of his characters’ flaws.
Yesterday morning, I attended a small Q&A with James Gunn promoting the upcoming Blu-ray release of the Marvel Studios movie, and while answering a question about the in-development Guardians of the Galaxy 2, the director made the interesting comparison between the Guardians and The Avengers. Answering a question I asked about delving into more backstories in the sequel, Gunn noted that it is more about getting to know who the characters really are, saying,
"[We get] deeper into the characters themselves and who they are, and how they work, and how they think, and what their flaws are, and what their strengths are. They’re a much more flawed group than the Avengers. They have major, major issues."
It goes without saying that The Avengers certainly have plenty of issues of their own: Iron Man has daddy issues and a touch of PTSD; Captain America is a man out of time; Thor has a bit of an arrogance problem, Hulk has a bit of a rage problem; and, as Loki would put it, Black Widow’s ledger is "gushing red." At the same time, though, Gunn is definitely not wrong about the Guardians of the Galaxy. Let’s do a quick rundown, shall we?
Sadly, it’s going to be a while before we get to see James Gunn advance his beloved cinematic Marvel characters, as Guardians of the Galaxy 2 won’t be out until May 5, 2017 (which is admittedly better than its original July 28, 2017 date announced at San Diego Comic-Con). In the meantime, you’ll be able to pick up your own copy of Guardians of the Galaxy when the Blu-ray and DVDs hit shelves on December 9th.