But they made movies about characters we all knew, like Captain America and the aforementioned Iron Man, and then tossed them all in a little movie called “The Avengers” and proved that a team of heroes can be big business.
So why not gamble on a group of misfits, who no one has really heard of, who fight bad guys in outer space?
But it’s Marvel, and they know how to do it.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” opens up with a dying mother and her son in a hospital room. After she passes away, he runs out, crying, and is met by a spaceship that whisks him away to space. It’s no real coincidence either, but that comes in to play later.
The kid, Peter Quill, grows up to be Star-Lord (played with charming, everyman panache by Chris Pratt), who’s a thief and takes an orb he doesn’t know everyone in the galaxy wants, and the chase is on.
We’re then quickly introduced to the unlikely band of rag-tag heroes in the form of a genetically-altered raccoon named Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), his trusty tree creature of a sidekick Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), green-skinned alien Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and muscle-bound hothead Drax (Dave Bautista).
Whew. What a group, right? Well, they’re all after the sphere because of the bounty it holds, except Gamora who wants to use it against her father.
They soon realize why everyone wants the sphere; it contains an infinity stone which can be used to destroy universes with ease. That sends the unlikely band of miscreants to come together and actually do something good for mankind.
It’s a great film full of action, comedy and adventure. Pratt really shines in this film as the titular hero with Han Solo-like charm and goofiness. This movie marks his first leading man role, and he’s already set to become a bigger star, as his next film is “Jurassic World,” the next chapter in the “Jurassic Park” series.
Though the film does contain a few too many curse words for my taste, it’s pretty child friendly. Unless, of course, you don’t want your kids to see raccoons with giant guns blasting away bad guys.
Everything about this film works, and there is talk that it will eventually tie into “The Avengers 3” down the line.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is playing at Rio 6 Cinemas, 806 E. Houston St. in Beeville.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5207 or at Paul@stxscene.com.