Marvel has made plenty of entertaining films that have left fans of all ages clamoring for more but there are those rare gems in the franchise that are truly outstanding movies. Marvel is heralded for its incredible use of humor and Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok is among the funniest installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But what makes them so great isn’t just the numerous amount of jokes but the truly enjoyable storyline and characters. Both of these films with its laugh-out-loud humor and vibrant colors brought a standard to the Marvel’s funnier installments and have become ultimate fan favorites.
That’s why, for this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? I decided to make this the topic. Here’s a closer look at each film’s similar aspects.
Guardians of the Galaxy introduced us to a group of superheroes that were largely unknown for years except by those fluent in Marvel comics. I mean come on! A talking tree, a gun-toting snarky raccoon, a green female assassin, a shirtless no-nonsense alien warrior, and a human guy who loves 70s’ hits? How could that possibly be brought to the big screen in an enjoyable fashion and yet, with James Gunn’s wacky genius, he turned this band of misfits into a team we were all rooting for.
Focusing on characters that were already established in the MCU, Thor, Loki, and Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Thor: Ragnarok took these heroes and placed them into a wacky space adventure where they met new characters like the fierce drunken Asgardian warrior, Valkyrie, a soft-talking rock man named Korg and his bug-like compatriot, Miek, the obviously-insane/slightly-creepy dictator, The Grandmaster, and the revenge-stricken, super-powerful Asgardian Goddess of Death, Hela. It was these new characters melding with the old that ultimately brought such a lovability to the entire movie experience.
Guardians of the Galaxy can bring the humor but it can bring the action as well. With a massive battle and plenty of action scenes leading up to the climactic conclusion, this film provides plenty of joy action-wise as well.
The action scenes in Thor: Ragnarok shine for their undeniably epic qualities and with characters as powerful as Thor, The Hulk, Valkyrie, Hela, Loki, etc. it’s no surprise if the action scenes are off the chain.
Guardians of the Galaxy was already a well-written story with a cast of marvelous characters but it was that magical music that turned the film from being a good movie to becoming an instant hit. Legendary 70s’ hits that I had never heard before were suddenly mainstream again, gracing commercials and playing on the radio.
The songs chosen for this film helped elevate the movie to a status previously unseen with superhero movies and truly was the magic of the film.
Thor: Ragnarok would follow Guardians of the Galaxy‘s playbook as it used famous songs to make the film only that much more enjoyable. And it’s no denying, Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” accompanied by Thor’s action scenes is pretty fantastic.
From zeroes to heroes, Guardians of the Galaxy share the simple tale of a band of nobodies becoming something more. These five strangers chose to ignore their selfish impulses to save the galaxy and while it wasn’t an easy ride they ultimately proved how heroic each of them could be.
Thor: Ragnarok may just be the wackiest, most uninspired storyline in the MCU with its lack of emotional impact and care for its place in the bigger scope of things but that’s what makes this film so great. It’s a bizarre space adventure that Thor and Bruce Banner find themselves on and it is ridiculously fun to watch. With no foreboding mentions of Thanos’ imminent arrival or devastating outcomes that leave characters not wanting to speak to each other in future films (Tony Stark and Steve Rogers’ fallout after Captain America: Civil War) Thor: Ragnarok is a breath of fresh air.
It’s clearly obvious that these films stand out for a reason but which of these two movies, in your view, stands supreme?
For me, Guardians of the Galaxy will always be the better of the two movies. Without Guardians of the Galaxy being the success that it was Marvel wouldn’t have hired Taika Waititi to take Thor’s third movie in the direction that it did and we may have never gotten to see the Asgardian God of Thunder as Bro Thor in Avengers: Endgame, which is truly a jarring thought.
I’m excited to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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