I have to admit that when Marvel Studios first announced that they were making Guardians of the Galaxy one of their next films, my befuddled reaction was, “Huh?” I don’t think this secondary comic book title was on anyone’s radar, and I would have been less surprised to hear they were going to remake Howard the Duck (which is actually not a bad idea – especially given today’s motion-capture technology and the right script.) But somehow they have made this relatively unknown and offbeat team of losers into some of the coolest movie heroes ever.
In 1969, a long, long time before George Lucas told his tales about a galaxy far, far away, Marvel Comics already had a band of heroes (albeit in the 31st Century and in our galaxy) that were gallivanting between worlds and saving the universe from evil-doers. So when the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie is inevitably compared to Star Wars, note that Marvel had a huge jump on the space opera genre; and they, in turn, borrowed heavily from Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, which were heavily influenced by John Carter of Mars. (You’re welcome!) Read the full story »