The Guardians Of The Galaxy as we know them from the live action movies are very different in the comics. However, it is great since we all love and care about the characters from the series. Director James Gunn recently defended his decision of changing the characters from the comics. He has lent his unique vision to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to thrilling effect, garnering widespread acclaim for both Guardians of the Galaxy and the highly successful Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. From D-list characters they have turned out to be A-list.Who would’ve thought a team consisting of Star Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot would have been so popular as it is now? Even those familiar with the Guardians of the Galaxy comics scoffed at the notion, as most of them were recent additions to a team that had been around since 1969.
Naturally, this type of change runs the risk of drawing criticism from the fans of the comics, but as Gunn explained in a new interview with THR, sometimes they are necessary for the sake of the movie, and it is hard to argue with his results.
Gunn defended the choices he made to change key Guardians of the Galaxy characters from the comics to the movies. His response concerned Adam Warlock, who is expected to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and how he is not scared to take liberties with the character. Here’s what Gunn said:
“I always do what’s best for the movie. A lot of times that means taking things from the source material, and other times it’s changing things. … I’ve changed a lot already from the comics with the Guardians. Groot’s personality in the first Guardians, which people loved, was nothing like his personality in the comics. He didn’t have that puppy-dog innocence that we love about Groot. I don’t restrain myself in any way when it comes to using stuff from the comics or not using it.”
The most popular character in the team, Groot was very different in the comics. Debuting back in 1960’s Tales to Astonish #60, the original Groot was a Stan Lee and Jack Kirby creation with a normal vocabulary. Still, he was a giant, alien tree monster. He only popped up a handful of times in the comics over the decades, until his reboot in 2006. Even then, he still had the ability to speak normally. Eventually, however, the Annihilation event concluded, he joined the Guardians, and his “I am Groot” speaking format became canon.
When movies are adapted from comics, there’s always the risk of going too far with changes made from the source material. Major alterations could make things great or worse. But Gunn is clearly not concerned with being too “faithful” to the comics, and so far both of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies have succeeded due to his creative fearlessness.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter