On Friday, Marvel Studios will release its 10th feature film in the Avengers film franchise - James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In light of that, I’m doing a series of articles here where I take a look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe – the One-Shots, TV series, and the films themselves – and breaking down what’s worked and what hasn’t. However, today we’re not reviewing or recapping - we’re talking strategy.
See, anytime I see a movie in a franchise, I have to rewatch the movies that came before it. Before How To Train Your Dragon 2, I rewatch the first; before The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies comes out, I’ll probably rewatch both Hobbit movies, and likely the original Lord of the Rings trilogy as well. I love doing this, because it helps you get in the headspace for the film. Any film in a franchise, by design, builds on the films that came before it.
But this is the TENTH Marvel Studios film, in the ever-expanding Avengers timeline. And for Marvel movies, you can get away with just watching the direct-connection films - the Iron Man films and Avengers before Iron Man 3, Thor and Avengers before Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The First Avenger and Avengers before Winter Soldier - and with that in mind, you don’t really HAVE to watch or re-watch any of them before seeing Guardians of the Galaxy.
But where’s the fun in that?