Even though the Marvel Cinematic Universe was already six years old at the time, Guardians of the Galaxy was a game-changer for the franchise. Taking the risk of spotlighting extremely obscure characters paid off for the studio because it became one of the biggest critical and commercial hits of 2014. With success like that, green-lighting a sequel was a no-brainer, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy's performance also paved the way for the MCU take more creative risks with their movies to make them feel more comic book-y. He explained:
After clarifying that Thor: Ragnarok would have a unique tone as opposed to just replicating what Guardians of the Galaxy did, Kevin Feige addressed how the MCU's 2014 space adventure opened the door for these movies to be weirder and more "trippy." While the MCU had already explored cosmic Marvel elements with the two Thor movies and The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy took focus on the crazy space content to the next level. From there, movies like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange used other dimensions/realities to their advantage, which may play a role in Avengers: Infinity War.
Now that moviegoers have shown with their dollars that these kind of comic book movies are appealing, Marvel isn't holding back on having their MCU entries be more unusual. As Kevin Feige told Heroic Hollywood:
Marvel will take the weirdness to its highest level yet next year with Avengers: Infinity War, which will see the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and more battling Thanos. And then there's Avengers 4 to consider the year after. Regardless, without Guardians of the Galaxy, it certainly would have been significantly harder to set the stage for these events.
The adventures of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket will continue when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 drops on May 5. Make sure to check out our review of the sequel. 2017 will also see the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7 and Thor: Ragnarok on November 3.
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