It is probably safe to say that the world is a little excited about what Marvel has been doing lately with the Avengers prequels, the movie itself, and the hoped-for sequels in phases two and three. With movies that interact with each other and introduce heroes and villains that will go on to star in otherwise unrelated movies, the present batch of cinema has this fan asking two questions: (1) Will the individual heroes from some of the other movies be running into each other on the big screen as they do on the comics and (2) With all the heroes Marvel has to choose from, why a “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie (the current author had to look up the team when he found out about the movie).
It would seem that, unlike DC comics, Marvel was unable or unwilling to keep the movie rights to all of its characters before they started going to the Silver Screen. Because of both mediocre successes or disputes with actors several of the characters have since reverted back to Marvel, but many of the most interesting remain with other studios. Here’s a brief rundown of where they are:
20th Century: Daredevil, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and their associated villains
Sony: Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, and their associated villains
So, as things stand there will be no fighting between Hulk and Wolverine, no Spider-Man as a Fantastic Four team member and Namor the Sub-Mariner will be with no one. Blade might join the current Marvel franchise that includes Avengers heroes, but all other major characters are either already involved in them or are currently legally excluded.
With that in mind, taking a relatively minor group with several odd or exotic characters seems like the best option. It is the only way the franchise can really use to expand, and the unique and attractive character of Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana) is bound to attract moviegoers. With any luck it will tide over the Marvel faithful until the favorites can make it back to their home studio.