[Below are several spoilers for various Marvel movies, not just Guardians of the Galaxy.]
The Guardians & Us
We live in a world where we need everyone to step up. It is in our nature to ignore what is happening if it means we get to avoid it and not get involved. While we can be caring, we always tend to put ourselves as the priority. If it is not hurting us, or even more so, if it is helping us, we let it be. We listen to news tell us what is going on in other countries and take their word for it because it just happens to be the first thing we see. Also, it is happening in another country, so why should we even bother with it? We stand by as we hear or see people hurt others, and move on. Yet, there are those rare, remarkable, and awe inspiring moments when someone we least expect, someone who most people would dismiss and ignore, stands up against what is wrong in order to do or even simply say what is right. Those people are often ignored by most, but the very few people who bother to acknowledge them, will realize that they are heroes. These are the people Guardians of the Galaxy is for.
The Guardians are losers in all accounts. They are all criminals and they are easily dismissed. They are not righteous and they are absolutely greedy to the point where the most considerate team member is one of the most dangerous assassins in the galaxy. They have also all lost something, whether it is their families, homes, their pride, or dignity. They are the ones who we would least expect to stand up for what is right. However, they surprise everyone, even themselves, when they do. Each character is given an out that they ignore and each character is given a trial that they all stand up against and rise to the occasion. This is why we need a movie like this. This movie is not for the heroes of the world, it is for everyone else who has the potential to be something more. We all have that within ourselves and so many of us ignore it. We need to not only find it within ourselves to do what is right, but also, and probably even more importantly, work with our friends and let them have their moment as well. The more people who realize that they can be incredible, the more of a difference we can make.
Next time you see someone treated poorly, do not ignore it because it does not involve you. Next time you hear about a war going on in another country, do not just see what other people are saying, research it yourselves and have a truly informed opinion. Rise to the occasion and make a difference in the world.
How Guardians of the Galaxy will affect the future of the Marvel Universe
After my preachy beginning, let’s get into the future of Marvel. First of all, let me stress that while it is obvious that I really enjoyed the movie, this is not the review. Jasmine will be giving an awesome and in depth review that you all should check out. This is not going to be as long as the two posts I made for Captain America, which you should all check. I was pleasantly pleased with how accurate some of my predictions were and hope I can do it justice for this movie as well.
Seeing as this movie took place in a different part of the galaxy than the rest of the Marvel Universe, there really is not much I can work with. There are a few things that I will say was definitely confirmed within the movie. Also, there will be a little Infinity Stone 101 in here as well.
Thanos and the Infinity Gems
This was more or less unanimous previously, but this was the first time it was confirmed within a movie. Thanos wants the Infinity Gems (except Marvel has been calling them Infinity Stones because they seem to think that this sounds more epic). The Infinity Gauntlet itself was not mentioned, but there is very little else that this could be leading up to. Especially since we have seen a glimpse of the Gauntlet already in the first Thor movie. The Infinity Gauntlet is pretty much a plot device glove that can let the user literally do whatever he or she wants. A Titan like Thanos having this device with an intent to go down to Earth, is not a good thing.
3 or 4 revealed, 2 or 3 to go/Infinity Stones 101
There are six Infinity Stones that go into the Infinity Gauntlet. While they are more or less getting the colors right, the colors do not match the corresponding powers in the comics. Furthermore, the powers do not completely match either. This makes things difficult as anything is up for grabs at this point. I will do my best to try and explain these Stones to you with the help of the wonderful Marvel Wiki.
- The Tesseract in Asgard (Captain America: The First Avenger & The Avengers): Yup, Loki had this for a while! While the blue color coordinates with the Mind Stone, Film Producer and President of Marvel StudiosKevin Feige confirmed in an interview that it was the Space Stone. This one allows for “Limitless manipulation of space, allowing for teleportation, dimensional manipulation, creation of wormholes, etc.” The fact Loki seemed to be able to will a wormhole that led an army straight to earth supports this.
- Loki’s Scepter with Baron Von Strucker (The Avengers): Many speculate that Loki’s Scepter is the Mind Stone. This one “Taps the user into the universal consciousness, allowing unlimited manipulation of psionic powers including telepathy and telekinesis.” That being said, even though the name “Mind Stone” make sense with how Loki was able to control other people (and it just sounds better for that function as well), the power seems to match better with the Soul Stone. This latter Stone has the ability to manipulate “souls both alive and dead…” and it “has [been] shown to be able to evolve or devolve a being’s physical self as well as their mental capacities.” While it is still likely that the scepter was an extension of The Tesseract, Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker claims at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier that “it’s worth more than any of them ever knew.” So, to be clear, this one is speculated, but not confirmed. Whatever the case may be, Strucker is confirmed to show up in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the scepter is sure to come up again.
- The Collector’s now destroyed collection: At the end of Thor: The Dark World, Sif and Volstagg give an Infinity Stone to The Collector. It is confirmed in the same interview with Feige that this Stone is the crystallized form of the Aether that possessed Natalie Portman as Jane Foster and was later absorbed by Christopher Eccleston as Malekith in that same movie. Furthermore, Comicbook.com says that it has confirmed that the Aether was the Reality Stone, which fits because that is the one associated with The Collector in the comics. This gem “Locally or universally alters the natural laws of the universe to the wielders will.” Whatever the case may be, his collection was destroyed in Guardians of the Galaxyand it may be missing in action.
- The Power Gem in Nova Headquarters: In Guardians of the Galaxy the purple Infinity Stone is the center of attention. It was placed in a secure area in Nova HQ by Nova Prime. James Gunn has confirmed on Twitter that this was the Power Stone. The Power Stone “Controls all of the power in the universe. It can be used to augment or inhibit any force.”
Whether there is two or three left, one thing is for sure, there are more to come in the movies…and I believe the next one will be the Time Stone.
Quicksilver and the Time Stone
So, the Time Stone allows for “Total control over all aspects of time including time travel, stopping time, slowing down or speed[ing] up [the] flow of time and to accelerate or slow down aging.” The main reason I think the Time Gem will be next is that it would work well story wise with Quicksilver. If one of the Avengers 2 bad guys end up slowing down time, this would give Quicksilver, being the newest member, the perfect chance to save the day. That being said, time travel is one of the powers for the Time Stone and I would love to see some time traveling Avengers.
The Invasion of Asgard
I’ll be honest, I want the Asgard movies to continue happening so I could get my Sif and the Warriors Three movie. The following is a possibility. Thanos is definitely coming after all the Infinity Stones. This means that everyone who has one is at risk. This includes Asgard, especially since they supposedly have the Gauntlet as well. In the comics Asgard falls at one point and Thor rebuilds in a middle of no where town on Earth. This is a possible comic storyline they can take ideas from, especially where Volstagg goes off on his own to try to be his own hero…Admittedly he accidentally helps cause the deaths of everyone in a packed baseball stadium which later caused the Siege storyline…but still. It is, however, more likely that they will just break into Asgard instead of destroying it.
This one seems obvious but it is worth saying. With the Nova Corps being introduced this may lead to the superhero who will become known on Earth as Nova. With the Corps in play, this is a definite likelihood in the distant future. It is likely that they will send an officer down to Earth due to all the attention our planet will be getting by Thanos.
Howard the Duck
Howard the Duck! Just…Howard the Duck! If you stayed after the credits you got to see…Howard the Duck! As far as I have been able to find, this movie has not yet been confirmed and it could just be a gag. That being said, I hope it isn’t. I am legitimately a Howard the Duck fan. I have seen hilarious issues of him and issues that were taken dead seriously. Howard the Duck is a wonderful character when written properly and, after seeing Guardians of the Galaxy three times in four days, I can definitely see this being possible.
To conclude, Marvel is doing a wonderful job. With them being able to pull off Guardians of the Galaxy, I think anything is possible. I am very excited for the future of Marvel and if anyone has not been keeping up, they need to start.