By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Please keep in mind before reading this that I am no "hardcore" comic book fan, or a comic book an at all for that matter. I am merely one of those people who only know of superheroes such as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and others from the Marvel movies. I'm a fan of the movies, but not the comics (kind of like Harry Potter and the books, right?). That said, I didn't have the slightest clue what the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was going to be about when I first heard about it earlier this year, and I'm certain I wasn't the only one who felt that way. I believe the sole reason I heard about it in the first place was because of Dave Bautista's (aka WWE's Batista) involvement. More often than not, I'll watch a movie just because it stars a wrestler I know of, even if it's complete crap. I'm more inclined to see the film if said wrestler is among my favorites. I've been a fan of Batista dating back to 2009, so I punched my ticket (no pun intended) to see Guardians of the Galaxy long before most people knew what it would be about.
As the release date of August 1 came closer, I heard more and more people talk about on various outlets how the movie was going to "bomb". Even though, it was a Marvel film, which almost always perform well, a lot of people didn't think the movie would find much success because it'd be an overproduced flop. Heck, even my manager at work (I work at a local movie theater) thought Guardians of the Galaxy wouldn't fare well. She knows movies like the back of her hand, so that's when I grew weary of the film's success. I'm one of those people that'll be disappointed if people, especially my peers, don't like something that I want to see do well. I grew nervous about the pending premiere date, but I didn't let others' opinions of the film alter my excitement for it.