Marvel Might Have Another "Iron Man" on Its Hands

Will Guardians of the Galaxy be the next Iron Man? Marvel's enthusiasm for the project is infectious, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

In a recent interview with the French website Reviewer, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige likened the creative state for Guardians to that of the first Iron Man film. He also referred to the characters' relative obscurity as "liberating" and said that Marvel believes in the storyline, which may help to explain why Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS  ) is putting so much marketing muscle behind the project.

And not just in the comics. Feige also said that those who stay after the credits for next month's Thor: The Dark World will be treated to "an initial glimpse" into the world of the Guardians. Tim says that's a strong indicator of Marvel's enthusiasm for the property.

Do you believe Guardians of the Galaxy is shaping up nicely for Marvel and Walt Disney? Are you reading Marvel's various comic book series featuring the characters? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know where you stand.

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  • Report this Comment On November 03, 2013, at 10:11 AM, gbarce wrote:

    The Infinity maxi-series that you mentioned is a major disappointment. If Disney/Marvel was using it to market it's movies then it probably backfired. It was poorly conceived and just really bad story telling. It actually did seem that Infinity was just a marketing gimmick meant to remind people of who Thanos was.

    I for one am hoping that Guardians of the Galaxy does well because I am a fan of most of the actors (particularly Chris Pratt). I hope that it comes off as unique and original because Ironman, Thor and Captain America already feel like "cookie cutter" movies.

    But Motley Fool always has such a thick a pro-Marvel bias and an agenda to hype up any Marvel/Disney movie project that it's kind of sickening. All this "hard selling"just leads to disappointment when I actually see the movies.

    Be more objective Motley Fools-- I am already tuning you out.

    Good Bye

  • Report this Comment On November 03, 2013, at 10:17 AM, dickthomas wrote:

    Reasons why (according to Beyers) Guardians of the Galaxy is like the new Iron Man:

    1. Marvel has a lot of marketing muscle and is talking up its product (gasp!).

    2. The studio chief says the studio is excited about a film it's producing (gasp!)

    3. The studio and director think a long-term franchise is a possibility (gasp!) (I'm sure Disney thought a long-term franchise was a possibility for The Lone Ranger).

    I don't know if Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be any good or not. But the three reasons Mr. Beyers gave us for expecting big things of Guardians are the same three things that could have been said of Disney's The Lone Ranger or Marvel's Daredevil--two franchise-crushing blunders.

    Show me a story or some images/footage. THEN we can start speculating on whether or not this movie has any real box office potential.

  • Report this Comment On November 03, 2013, at 11:35 AM, deltafool117 wrote:

    What made Iron man was Robert Downing Jr.'s portrayal of Tony Stark, PERIOD.

  • Report this Comment On November 03, 2013, at 1:58 PM, gotaub wrote:

    My god the bald Karen Gillan fetish crowd alone will be enough to make Guardians of the Galaxy a hit 10 times over!

  • Report this Comment On November 03, 2013, at 2:17 PM, slothropT wrote:

    Amazing. Marvel flack Tim Beyers is still at it, and months in advance! Ab-so-lutely SHAMELESS! And MF is providing him with a platform, probably gratis. I thought MF doesn't accept advertising. Unfortunately he's just one of the first of Marvel's pimping locusts to swarm the news media with "objective" reports of how great Marvel is. I just hope investors who read his hype will see it for what it is.

  • Report this Comment On November 04, 2013, at 3:12 PM, Cliffhanger77 wrote:

    The one singular, unique reason "Iron Man" was a huge hit (and has propelled the other Marvel movies in the "Avengers" series) is Robert Downey Jr. I wouldn't have seen any of the movies without him.

    I think "Thor 2," "Captain America 2" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" will do very well, because of the post-Avengers bounce, but they won't have the legs that the Iron Man movies or Avengers had, because they will be Downey-less. (Unless he happens to pop up in a post-credits scene, in which case, get the buzz going on that before it happens, Marvel!)

    Downey is a once-in-a-lifetime, lightning-in-a-bottle talent with a unique charisma, and it's highly doubtful that "Guardians" -- as much as the fanboys want it to - will match the magic of what happened with "Iron Man." "Iron Man" was that singular marriage of character and actor and audience appeal that happens only very, very rarely.

    I'm as Team Marvel as it gets, and I'm feeling a little meh about the "Guardians" cast -- hope the movie proves me wrong.

  • Report this Comment On November 04, 2013, at 7:10 PM, valdez725 wrote:

    Enough already with Guardians! You're the only one talking about it! I was interested two articles ago, byt you're overdoing it. We get it, you have a personal stake in the movie. Tell us about anothet one already.

  • Report this Comment On November 04, 2013, at 8:43 PM, 2ofspades wrote:

    Guardians of the Galaxy will be the biggest bomb since hiroshima. The characters are ridiculous - it will be as corny as the ewoks were in the third star wars movie x 100000. The first incarnation of Guardians of the Galaxy was interesting, exotic, with great characters. The crap they churn out at Marvel nowadays is an insult to the great comics of the 60's, 70's, and 80's and those of us that were fortunate enough to buy and read those comics. Unfortunately, not only does Marvel churn out crap, they base their movies on the garbage they are printing today instead of the GREAT comics, characters, and stories of the 60's-80's that created the Marvel Empire - the stuff we REALLY WANT TO SEE in the movies. If they churned out the excrement back then that they print now, they would have never survived.

  • Report this Comment On November 05, 2013, at 10:47 PM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    @valdez725,

    >>Enough already with Guardians! You're the only one talking about it! I was interested two articles ago, but you're overdoing it.

    Fair enough. There's been news about the Guardians lately so I've been keying off it. But you're also right that there are other projects to write about.

    Till I get to those, I'll just say that the end credits scene is interesting and (I think) makes for a nice set-up for comics fans.

    FWIW and Foolish best,

    Tim

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