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Chris Pratt Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Comic book movies run the gamut of quality and style. Some become quick hits that we forget about just as quickly, some completely bomb, and others (like The Dark Knight or The Avengers) become utterly timeless upon their releases. Those are obviously rare, but you know them when you see them. According to Chris Pratt, The Avengers: Infinity War will go down in history as an iconic comic book film. The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star explained:

I think this sequel transcends the genre in a way. It's a deep motion picture and something different than just a big spectacle film. There's a difference between dime-store novels and literature and this is like literature. It's going to stand the test of time. It's maybe this decade's movie, if not a longer period of time.

If you weren't already excited for The Avengers: Infinity War, then Chris Pratt's recent comments to The Toronto Sun should do the trick. It seems that this won't be your run of the mill Marvel film. In the same way that the first Avengers film completely changed the superhero movie landscape when it debuted back in 2012, Infinity War will once again elevate the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the realm of high art. That's a tall order, so let's hope the film can ultimately deliver on that promise.

One need only look behind the scenes to get a better sense of why this movie has such strong potential. When Joss Whedon stepped down as the de facto "showrunner" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many worried that it might lead to creative stagnation. However, the Russo brothers have stepped up in a major way, and delivered two of the best Marvel movies of all time in the last few years -- Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Captain America: Civil War. Combine that with the fact that the Russos are once again teaming up with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to bring the story to life, and it becomes clear that Marvel has pulled out all of the stops to make this an all-star affair.

Despite our overall anticipation for The Avengers: Infinity War, we still know very little about the nitty gritty details of the film. We are aware that the story will see the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe face off against Josh Brolin's Thanos (who will eventually get his hand on the Infinity Gauntlet) but beyond that, the film has kept its best secrets under wraps. In an era defined by spoilers and set leaks, it's nice to see Marvel doing everything possible to keep us in the dark; as long as the film delivers on Chris Pratt's promise, we will be just fine.

With such lofty expectations, I think it's safe to say that the wait for Infinity War just became quite a bit more difficult. For now, you can catch Chris Pratt as Star-Lord when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters this weekend on May 5, and Infinity War will follow one year later on May 4, 2018.

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