2. Guardians of the Galaxy
Vibrant, hilarious and arguably the most heartfelt film Marvel has put out yet, Guardians of the Galaxy delighted surprised fans with little known characters. Following Marvel’s predicted structure in terms of where the basic narrative was going to go and when, James Gunn an co. got to have more fun with their characters and the multiple worlds they visited. Shaking off the typical color quota, Guardians luxuriated in greens, purples and pinks that grabbed our eyes and our ears with deliciously catchy pop hits that helped give the film a distinct voice. Chris Pratt proved himself as a leading man with the bad boy with a heart of gold Star Lord, while Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel shine in their respective voice performances. The film felt energized by its ability to go off the rails of its predecessors and the joy that went into the film was mirrored by those watching. With hints of The Fifth Element as well as Star Wars in terms of aesthetics and world building, Guardians of the Galaxy kicked back and ran with Marvel’s more wild side.