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Guardians of the GalaxyDo not read for spoilers
Written by Matthew Choi | Published. 2017.06.09 16:51 | Count : 924
The “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a superhero team based on Marvel comics. The comic book series’ success in the comics led to the creation of the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy” and its sequel, “Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2.” This sort of trend of comics being made into movies has become popular, with other titles such as “Spiderman” and “Avengers.” In fact, thanks to this trend, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is officially the highest grossing movie franchise of all time according to an article by Forbes.com released in August 2015.

The movies are shown to have both similarities and differences from the original comics. To begin with, there are a number of common parts the movies and the graphic novel share. One such example is the character cast of the saga. The characters in both the movies and the novels are, Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket (Raccoon). Their roles are also shown to be similar in both the novels and the movies. For instance, Star Lord is the team leader; Gamora is the assassin and so on. A new character of the second movie, Peter’s father is also very similar to the same character in the books, even though the two have a slight difference. *spoiler alert* In the films, he is a literal planet who wants Peter to fulfill his “duty” to end the universe, while in the comics, he is a corrupt monarch who wants Peter to become the “crown prince” of his galactic empire. Either way, they are both fathers who want Peter to follow their own dark paths, whether they involve genocide or just pure evil heart.
< Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2 Poster >

Next, the biggest difference between the comics and the films comes from their tone. The movies are more cheerful and carefree, while the comics could be quite serious at times. This is evident based on the sense of humor that the movies have, along with the series’ soundtrack featuring uplifting 1980s music in comparison to rather serious mood of the comics. Another big difference is how the movies focus more on character development rather than the storyline, while it is the opposite in the comics. For example, Star Lord and Gamora are described to be “just teammates” in the comics, but the movies have Star Lord and Gamora develop into “special friends” who is led by the films’ detailed portrayal of the characters’ feelings and interaction between them. This, I believe, is the part that makes movies more dynamic than the comics. Most importantly, do not forget Groot. Groot is “muscle” of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and is usually described to be a hulking tree-like humanoid figure in the book. However, the new movie debunked this, by having Groot appear as a child, and as the “mascot” or “idol” of the entire movie, charming the hearts of many watchers.

< Cover for the Guardians of the Galaxy graphic novel >

All in all, the books are more dedicated to the storyline, which also brings a lot more insight to the story, and the serious or even solemn tone of the books would be more likeable to the fans who admire the Guardians of the Galaxy Universe. In the movie, the characters are a lot more complex, and they develop throughout the films, which is why I personally prefer watching the films rather than reading the comics. Still, it is for the readers to decide whether they want to watch the films or read the comics. I hope my article can help people settle their choices.


Matthew Choi
Grade 9
Asia Pacific International School

Matthew Choi  student_reporter@dherald.com

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