“Guardians of the Galaxy” was a risk that paid off in a big way. It wasn’t about a comic book world with a huge following. It didn’t have major pop songs on its soundtrack. It didn’t even have many big movie stars leading the pack. Sure, Zoe Saldana was there, but Chris Pratt was really more nerd fodder than muscle man. Even Bradley Cooper was there in voice alone. Lee Sluaghter believes that all these choices wound up being amazing. Everything down to a soundtrack filled with oldies was a hit. Will taking another risk with “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” pay off equally well?
Every comic book fan or avid Wikipedia movie page reader knows that “Guardians of the Galaxy” strays from the comic books in huge ways. According to recent news, director and writer James Gunn plans to go even further from canon with its sequel. In fact, the entire plot of the movie is a Gunn creation.
To be fair to James Gunn, “Guardians of the Galaxy” was never exactly the most riveting comic book. He took something that many consider second-rate and turned it into the movie of the year. In the process, he turned comedic television actor Chris Pratt into a leading action hunk and Karen Gillan into, well, a bald alien. Maybe he can be trusted to deviate completely from canon for this one film, which will hit theaters in 2017.