10 Reasons Why Guardians of the Galaxy Has Turned Into A Smash Hit

August 12, 2014 2:52 AM

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Defying a lot of early expectations, five of the most oddball characters ever to gain a mass audience the newest superheroes of the Marvelverse and, in Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the biggest hit movies of the year. It's as if five denizens of the Star Wars bar scene -- a Terran con man who calls himself "Star Lord," a slinky green-skinned assassin, a pumped-up maniac out for revenge, a talking raccoon with a very big gun and even bigger chip on his shoulder, and and walking, talking tree dealing mayhem and magic -- were written into the center of the epic space opera instead of its sidebar.

It may seem longer now, but it's really just a little over six years since what Marvel Studios calls the Marvel Cinematic Universe was launched with the fabulous first Iron Man. Longtime publishing giant Marvel Comics, under somewhat disastrous previous ownership, has licensed some of its best known...

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