These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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.
Dork Age: Many fans of the Abnett and Lanning's run sees the Bendis run as this due to frequent out of character moments and ignoring the events from previous stories.
On the 2008 team, Rocket Raccoon. He was chosen to represent the team in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 after all.
Hilarious in Hindsight: In one issue of vol 2., the Guardians fight an alien invasion in New York. Sound familiar? Even better, they're fighting in the exact place the Avengers gathered. History never repeats, but sometimes it rhymes, indeed.
In the Rocket and Groot back-up story from Annihilators: Earthfall, Mojo sends "action figure variants" of Rocket into combat, identified with toy ads boasting a "Build-A-Groot" collectible figure. Sure enough, the Marvel Legends series for Guardians of the Galaxy has such a figure included in pieces with each toy.
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.
Moondragon being pregnant with a monster from the Cancerverse. And how it got into her, forcing its way in through her mouth and nose. It's also this In-universe, because they have to hear the noises it makes.
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.
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 characters 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.
Did Yondu know he'd been given a fake orb? There's certainly an argument to be made that it was in his best interest. He couldn't admit to not wanting it, but he likewise knew that selling it to anyone he'd be likely to do business with could only bring disaster, and it would be much safer with the Nova Corp. Likewise, did he not deliver Peter to his father because he really was "a jackass" as claimed, or because Yondu would much rather steal the kid for his own interests?
At the end when Rocket attacks Ronan, is it because he blames the Kree for Groot's death and wants to punish him for it? Or is it because he knows the Dark Aster crashed because he flew his own ship into it in a failed attempt to kill Ronan, and, knowing he can't possibly win, no longer cares what happens to him because he blames himself for Groot's death?
Was Quill trying to talk Ronan out of destroying Xandar? Trying to reason with him near the end? Quill was pretty good at mediating between the other Guardians, so maybe his challenge to a dance-off, as disarming as it was, was also an attempt to get Ronan to stand down without killing him, since shooting him with the Hadron Enforcer and crashing his ship didn't work...
Angst Aversion: The Downer Beginning, what with the mother dying and young Quill's unnerving screaming, not to mention him being too scared to hold her hand before her dying. You'd be forgiven if you want to leave the room when this happens.
Anticlimax Boss: Subverted twice with Nebula and Ronan. The former starts ranting in what sounds like the opening taunts of a climactic duel, only to be hilariously swiftly shot with a rocket by Drax. To have it both ways, though, the film lets her survive and put herself back together in time for the real duel. The latter too is shot by a rocket, but anyone who's seen the "Ex-Wife" scene of Iron Man 2 knows it has no chance of working.
Bizarro Episode: Until a greater focus on the cosmic aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are explored, along with the inevitable Avengers-VS-Thanos storyline, this movie will seem to be an out-there installment due to having minimal ties to the previous movies. However, it's been argued that this ultimately helps the film.
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 it's 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), led 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 his 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).
There are those who love the sense of humor showcased in the trailer, whereas others are less enthusiastic.
The Stinger, as some people were expecting the introduction of a new important character like Adam Warlock or Richard Rider instead of a cameo by Howard the Duck also because it's pretty unlikely Marvel Studios is gonna make a Howard The Duck movie. Adding to this is that this is the last stinger before the second Avengers film, making it quite a letdown to those who were expecting another teaser like in Captain America: The First Avenger.
Some have felt the villains aren't as good in comparison to the likes of Loki, while others felt that setting up all five Guardians was more important than the villains.
Complete Monster: Ronan the Accuser is a genocidal Kree terrorist and renegade wholly devoted to the destruction of the planet of Xandar. Disgusted by his people signing a peace treaty, Ronan is introduced to the audience by confronting a captive member of Xandar's Nova Corps and crushing the helpless man's skull with his Universal Weapon. Beginning the film as a henchman of the Mad TitanThanos, Ronan seeks to gather an item for Thanos so that he will destroy Xandar for him. Under Thanos, Ronan has committed multiple murders, including the deaths of Drax the Destroyer's wife and daughter. He later pursues the film's motley band of heroes to the space prison The Kyln, and orders a full massacre of every prisoner to leave no witnesses. When he realizes the power of the Infinity Stone he has been sent to retrieve, Ronan double crosses Thanos and vows to kill him after he's finished with Xandar. Assaulting the planet, he even orders his own men to become suicide bombers by flying their ships into Xandar, injuring and killing numerous civilians. After mocking Drax about finally remembering murdering his family, he declares Xandar "guilty" by his psychotic philosophy and attempts to purge it of all life. Brutal, violent, relentless and unforgiving, Ronan stands as an example of rage, fanaticism, unchecked hatred and utter cruelty, and really stands out in such a relatively light-hearted movie.
In spite of playing The Comically Serious character, and being a wrestler that took up acting (which typically doesn't work out, with a couple of famous exceptions), Dave Bautista has moments in the film where his portrayal of Drax movingly comes across as an individual that has lost everything and suffered for it. Critics took notice.
Although he'd proven himself to many with hiscollaborations with David O. Russell, some were worried about the effectiveness that Bradley Cooper would have as Rocket, given his relative inexperience as a voice actor. However, he proved to be an Ensemble Darkhorse in the film, expertly delivering the Raccoon's snark and conveying his self-doubt and care for Groot very well.
You know who else was from a DC comics property? Dave Batista (Drax) in Smallville!
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 comic book 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. Made even funnier when you take into account that Dave Batista starred alongside Diesel in the above mentioned film.
For fans of Professional Wrestling, Drax's failure to understand the throat slash gesture. Drax's actor, of course, is Batista of WWE fame. Batista at one point had a longstanding feud with The Undertaker, who uses a throat slash as a signature taunt.
The casting of Chris Pratt in the MCU as Star-Lord is hilarious to some Everwood fans as on that show, he was Emily VanCamp's brother. In other words, Star-Lord and Sharon Carter were siblings.
Jerkass Woobie: Nebula. Like Gamora she is another one of Thanos's experiments, except she has far more cybernetic implants. The only reason she is following Ronan was in the hopes that he could kill Thanos.
Rocket as well. His gruff, don't-take-crap-from-anyone personality makes him a fairly abrasive and somewhat misanthropic character early on but it hides a lot of resentment and pain over his origins. His breakdown post-alcohol shows the audience where he's coming from.
To a lesser extent: "YOU STAND ACCUSED!"Explanation Ronan's form of accusation against the Nova Corps in a very hammy way
Moral Event Horizon: Ronan's first scene becomes this after Fridge Horror kicks in. Initially, he is introduced as coming out of a very large liquid chamber that the audience is led to believe is some sort of water. However, when he murders his Xandarian captive, the blood from his corpse is used to fill a slight amount of the liquid chamber. To put it bluntly, he murdered dozens of innocent Xandarians to bathe in their blood, and it's implied he does this regularly.
Narm/Narm Charm: "Your politics bore me", a line coming from Thanos, comes across as unintentionally hammy and almost straight out of something you would hear in a Golden Age comic book.
Thanos has only two brief appearances, but he makes a hell of a first impression.
Howard the Duck totally steals the show in The Stinger.
Despite press releases making a bigger deal out of Benicio Del Toro's involvement than Glenn Close's, The Collector is only present in one scene for an Info Dump and in the stinger. But hell if he didn't milk his scenes for all they were worth!
Rewatch Bonus: There are certain things you can pick up on upon your third or fourth viewing. Highlights include:
Yondu's chest glows red when he activates his arrow.
In the movie, the prisoner line-up says "Space-Lord" instead of "Star-Lord."
You can actually see Howard the Duck for a brief moment in the Collector exposition scene.
A huge cocoon which was also in Thor: The Dark World can be seen open in the after-credits scene. This is widely believed to be Adam Warlock's cocoon as per the comics, showing that the After-Credits scene isn't just a gag for Howard.
The twig that Rocket holds in the climax glows purple. It's a hint that Groot is still alive.
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 plant-person character who's not to be messed with (Zhaan/Groot), a snarky white leader guy who is an Earth-human Trapped in Another World (Star-Lord/John Crichton), a small, sociopathic, anthropomorphic talking thing (Rocket Raccoon/Rygel), a big, intimidating guy with a dead wife and an oddly innocent hidden side (Drax/D'Argo), and a repressed, deadly, formerly-evil woman who acts as "the sensible one" (Gamora/Aeryn). A notable number of the changes to the characters from the comic took them in the direction of being closer to the Farscape ones. Ironically, an actual Farscape movie was announced shortly after the original teaser trailer was released.
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.
It has been compared to Schlock Mercenary, another comedic space opera about a group of heroic ruffians from diverse, morally ambiguous backgrounds. Howard Tayler has himself noted the similarities.
Spoiled by the Format: Averted with The Stinger. The creators of the character that appears in the stinger (Howard the Duck) aren't credited until after the stinger itself is shown, as opposed to in the main credits themselves.
Gamora's gone from "The Most Dangerous Woman in the Galaxy" to The Chick. She's got little or none of her powers from the comics, and her personality has been shifted from the mostly amoral badass of the comics to essentially the team's most empathic character (barring maybe Groot). She's also significantly more emotionally vulnerable. This all came as something of a disappointment to the handful of fans the character had from her days fighting Thanos in Infinity Watch or kicking the crap out of Ronan in Annihilation.
Rocket Raccoon not having a Cockney accent, even though the comics have never once indicated this was the case.
Korath being black instead of blue like in the comics.
The fact that all members of the Nova Corps are humans or Human Aliens.
The design of the Nova Corps suits are considered bland and generic by some, whilst others are displeased about the members of the Nova Corps not having the Nova Force which gives them superpowers. James Gunn is on record that there was stuff cut from the film because the end of the film was already Nova Corps heavy, and there's some stuff in the MCU lore that make them more like the Nova Corps of the comics, such as the Nova Force.
Trailer Joke Decay: "What a bunch of A-Holes," was in nearly every single promotional thing about the movie. Some who liked the joke didn't like it by the time the film came out. Quill's "mechanical middle finger" is also uncensored in the film, which ends up looking pretty awkward, especially since the trailer's "Obscene Gesture Imminent" bit was a pretty good joke on its own.
Win the Crowd: The first trailer seemed to many like a standard space swashbuckler; but when the guard plays Star Lord's walkman and you hear "Hooked On a Feeling"'s "Ooga chaka!" chant coming through followed by the full chorus of that 1970s pop ballad roaring out, people learned this film has a wacky flavor all its own.
The Woobie: The entire main cast, but especially Rocket. He's the only one of his kind that he knows of and he constantly has feelings of loneliness and inferiority because of his species, not to mention the pain he probably went through during his creation.
The pink servant girl, abused and threatened by the Collector. No wonder she wanted the power stone the second she understood what it was.
Even worse if you know that, in the comics, she's his daughter.