The Guardians comes to us from Russia with love, and I clearly remember seeing the trailer for it about a year ago and being immediately enraptured by the majesty of a movie that features an actual bear with a backpack full of machine guns. I literally cannot think of a single film that would not be improved by the addition of a bear toting a robo-gun backpack. The Godfather? Citizen Kane? Fuck your Rosebud, Orson, that bear is shooting people.
Like the Avengers, the Guardians are more than just a bear in pants. The team also features a man who can control rocks, a smoky ninja guy with big moony swords, and a lady who turns invisible but is not the Invisible Woman, because Russia. The bad guy has what appears to be foam rubber prosthetic man boobs. I can't say enough good things about this film.
What Marvel/DC Can Learn:
One of the main issues with superhero team movies, from Suicide Squad to The Avengers to several of the X-Men films, is the tendency for the storyline to get cluttered up trying to balance so many characters. That's not an issue in The Guardians because no one gives two fucks who anyone in this movie is. I literally just watched the movie, and I can't remember anyone's name. Why is that guy a bear? How come the ninja turns into smoke sometimes? Fuck off, give the rock guy an electric whip and let's mess some shit up.
You could argue that this is lazy filmmaking, but I loved the shit out of this movie and will argue that it's efficient filmmaking. I'm not wasting time learning about why Will Smith is the right guy to shoot a belly-dancing witch lady. Instead, I'm watching a man entomb himself in stone and wind, and then sprint really, really slowly across a warehouse to get beat up by a giant bald baby man. The same baby man who literally steals a skyscraper later in the film. He takes it. Takes it and leaves with it. That's all business and no clumsy storytelling bogging me down with things like "thoughts" or "concerns."