Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is an excellent movie and you should see it as soon as it hits theaters, on Aug. 1. There. That’s the review. The bigger nut to crack is who these people, aliens, animals and objects posing as superheroes are, and why you should care about them.
For background, I’ve been into comics, especially Marvel comics, since many of you were in diapers. I can tell you who penciled Amazing Spider-Man #73 (John Romita Sr.), who Stan Lee’s secretary was in the ’60s (Flo Steinberg), and how Squirrel Girl defeated Dr. Doom (she sent squirrels into his suit’s venting system). But when Guardians was announced three years ago at San Diego’s Comic-Con, I had to hit the Google to figure out who the hell these misfits were.
Many of you are in the same interplanetary life pod. Breathe easy, would-be fanboys: Here’s a user-friendly guide to the players. Buy the popcorn, take the ride. You’re welcome.