Last night, Marvel premiered the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. I am personally stoked to see this movie. I mean, it has a talking raccoon and a tree saying “I am Groot”. What’s not to love? This movie is going into the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They will be doing more lesser known characters, and build up the roster of characters. I think this will be success for Marvel because they have done a good job of writing and developing their characters for the big screen.
Now, I have been reading and seeing a lot of talk of how Marvel has to be careful with their next phase of movies. How, if Marvel is going to do a Dr. Strange movie, they need to be careful in how they introduce magic, because people won’t buy in. And I am always reading about how DC is having a hard time doing a Wonder Woman movie because she is an amazon, and how will they bring mythology into their universe. How the biggest issue with comic book movies is making them realistic enough so that the majority of the movie going public can relate to the subject matter.
To this line of thinking, I call absolute and utter BULLSH*T! I mean, do the majority of people REALLY only see movies they can personally relate to? If that was the case, then why did so many people go see Harry Potter, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Ring, Avatar, Batman, Star Trek, and Star Wars? I will tell you why, because they were well done movies. Nobody saw Green Lantern or Fantastic Four because they SUCKED. It had nothing to do with the subject matter, they were just poorly done movies. As long as you treat the source material with respect, and make a good movie, people will come in droves to see the movie. Look at Iron Man, The Avengers, Man of Steel, and Spider-Man. People saw those movies in droves, and I don’t think many of them could relate to the subject matter on a personal level.
My point is, make good movies, and people will come see your movies. Make crappy movies, and people won’t spend their money to see you movies. It’s really just that simple.