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YMMV: Guardians of the Galaxy

The comic:

  • Base Breaker: Angela, who is either a badass Action Girl who complements Gamora, or a bland character and a pointless addition to The Team.
  • Broken Base:
    • A rift seems to have developed between fans of the most recent team led by Star-Lord and fans of the original team. Especially when the 2014 film was merely being talked about, and was set to include Star-Lord's team; which eventually turned out to be the case.
    • Some Spawn fans are not happy about the appearance of Angela in the current series.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • For the original team, Starhawk and Aleta.
    • On the 2008 team, Rocket Raccoon. He was chosen to represent the team in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 after all.
  • Les Yay: The 2013 series has quite a few of these moments between Angela & Gamora.
    Intercom: Will you marry me?
    Angela: You're too short, Rocket.
    Intercom: This is Gamora.
    Angela: I'll consider it.
  • Memetic Badass: "I AM GROOT!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: Thanos managed to kill an entire planet in only a few hours.
    • The opening of issue 7 of vol 2, where a version of the original Guardians of the Galaxy just die.
    • Everything to do with the Badoon and their Zoms.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • Volume 2 not featuring the same team who were in the original series.
    • Before volume 3 had been released, some fans were not 'pleased' with Star-Lord's retro inspired redesign nor Gamora's costume changes, and let's not even start about the inclusion of Iron Man to the cast.
    • Rocket Raccoon:
      • In volume 3, he's not as well liked as he was in volume 2, mainly because of how he gleefully shouts about murdering enemies, and because he now seems to have a disdain for Earth, both traits that had not been there before. On top of that, his origins being changed from a mutated raccoon to a member of a race of aliens that look like raccoons.
      • As of issues 7 and 8, both complaints about Rocket Raccoon seem to have been addressed, as Rocket referenced his original origin and other character have discouraged Rocket from using his new catchphrase as they find it "annoying and disturbing."
      • Rocket's origin and species seems to constantly flip-flop from issue to issue.
    • Bring back DnA(Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning) has pretty much become the fandom's catchphrase. Sadly Abnett and Lanning no longer work together, but did do two final Guardian's comics before their split.
    • The 2013 series being more Earth-focused than either previous series, with the inclusions of Iron Man, Captain Marvel and Agent Venom being commonly pointed to.
    • April 2014 solicitations revealing that Star-Lord will be undergoing another makeover, this time to his costume from the film set to be released later in the summer.
    • Drax suddenly talking like his Space Hulk persona from the 90's despite his character development given by Keith Giffen, Abnett and Lanning.

The film:

  • Broken Base: Fans are split by the decision of having Rocket Raccoon and Groot in the cast for stretching the Willing Suspension of Disbelief a bit too much.
    • There's also the involvement of James Gunn at all, after some internet bloggers uncovered his year old "50 Superheroes people want to sleep with" list, which was filled with controversial comments. Gunn has since apologized for the comments, stating that he no longer thinks such things are funny, but people are genuinely split on it either making him a horrible person who shouldn't be directing, or thinking its just some jokes that got taken out of proportion.
      • Even ignoring that, however, the fact that his past credits include writing for Troma and the loathed Scooby-Doo movies, as well as the mixed reception to Super (and the horrendous reception to Movie 43), lead some people to question his worthiness to be directing for Marvel. Conversely, there are plenty of people who loved Super as well as his earlier film Slither who are looking forward to the film primarily because of Gunn's involvement.
    • Fans of the original lineup wanted the movie to focus on them or at least feature more of them (only one member is from the original series).
    • The casting of Djimon Hounsou as minor villain Korath, as some fans had hoped he'd get to play Black Panther in his upcoming film. (Including Hounsou himself, who still wants to.)
    • There are those who love the sense of humor showcased in the trailer, whereas others are less enthusiastic.
  • Crazy Awesome: Rocket Raccoon is a Trigger Happy Heroic Comedic Sociopath who believes in More Dakka, hordes bombs in a shoebox, can mastermind a Prison Break in twenty minutes flat and hangs out with a talking tree. No wonder he's already the Ensemble Darkhorse even before the movie opens.
  • Ear Worm: From the footage showed at the D23 expo, Ooga chaka ooga ooga ooga chaka ooga ooga. Goes Up to Eleven in the full-length trailer.
    • "When I lay me down to die, Goin' up to the spirit in the sky..."
    • "Hello, Daddy! Hello, Mom! I'm ya ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb!"
    • The playlist is filled with popular songs from the 70's and 80's, including works from the likes of David Bowie and The Jackson Five.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The production team has said that they hope both Groot and Rocket Raccoon will be this. Considering the amount of meme gifs of the latter, it may not be unlikely.
  • Expy: The film version of Rocket Raccoon and Groot — a snarky, gunslinging mercenary and his vocabulary-challenged, Gentle Giant alien BFF — bear a striking resemblance to a certain other pair of sci-fi heroes.
  • Fan Nickname: From the tie-in toyline, Space Sheriff Iron Man.
  • Fountain of Memes: The movie has inspired a sizeable number of memes before it was even released.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the third installment of The Scorpion King, Dave Bautista plays a (shirtless) resurrected warrior who's Dual Wielding curved daggers.
    • In Star Trek, Zoe Saldana's roommate at Starfleet Academy was a Green-Skinned Space Babe. Here, she is one. Not only that, Zoe and Chris Evans were in The Losers together. Fast forward four years and they're both now in the Marvel universe.
    • As noted below, Brett White was quick to make a post about the audacity of this film and its characters, whilst Wonder Woman's movie debut had been continuously postponed. Not long after, Wonder Woman was announced to be making an appearance in the sequel to Man of Steel.
    • The comicbook version of Drax has been revisioned a few times with the most recent version (a slimmer but strong body, a dark mood, and duel daggers) leading many fans to compare him to Riddick. This movie uses this version of Drax while also starring Vin Diesel as a separate character.
    • Josh Brolin being cast as Thanos, the universe's Big Bad, after playing a special agent defending the earth against extraterrestrial threats in Men In Black 3.
    • Peter Quill's line about having "part of a plan!", considering he was previously Idiot Hero Emmet who was over-reliant on instructions and plans.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Nightmare Fuel: Ronan the Accuser. He looks uncannily dark and menacing in the otherwise colorful and humorous film.
  • Spiritual Successor: To people not as well-versed in comic books, the film is drawing a lot of comparisons to Farscape, due to its lineup including a gentle character who is not to be reckoned with (Zhaan/Groot), a snarky white leader guy (Star-Lord/John Crichton), a small anthropomorphic talking thing (Rocket Raccoon/Rygel), a big, intimidating guy (Drax/D'argo), and a deadly-yet-also-sexy woman (Gamora/Aeryn). Ironically, an actual Farscape movie was announced shortly after the original teaser trailer was released.
    • Meanwhile, gamers are comparing it to Sly Cooper (as both Rocket and Sly are snarky, agile, anthropomorphic talking raccoons).
    • It's also getting a lot of comparisons to Firefly in terms of tone, character archetypes, and visual style. The fact that the creator of Firefly, Joss Whedon, is the director of both of the Avengers movies (and a large creative force in the MCU) definitely helps.
    • As of late it's being considered the Marvel Cinematic Universe's answer to Star Wars.
    • And in the beginning it was promoted as the MCU's version of Galaxy Quest.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • Some people reacted this way when James Gunn switched Drax's archenemy from Thanos to Ronan.
    • The design of the Nova Corps suits are considered bland and generic by some.
    • Also, Rocket Raccoon not having a Cockney accent.
    • Korath being black instead of blue like in the comics.
    • The fact that all members of the Nova Corps are humans or Human Aliens.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The Guardians have the bad luck of making their premiere after that of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a picture regarded by some as Marvel Studios' best.
  • Ugly Cute: Groot.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The world in this movie is created largely through intentional use of practical effects, sets, makeup, and puppetry.

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