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You don't need to see his origin story


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***waves hand Obi Wan style***

After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy my wife was intrigued by Peter Quill's story. She thought it was touching and wanted to know more about him. I told her she'd be better off not knowing. But she looked and was disappointed like I said she would. She asked why they do that, and I put it simple to her. "Does that translate well to the big screen? You were touched weren't you? Leave it at that. Most people won't know any better and they'll be happy." She saw the point and asked were there any others that were vastly different from the movies. I told her Tony Stark was adopted and told me to stop Lol.
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I don't think an entire film is needed to establish a character's origin. It's a waste of screen time. I think when the story reveals details in pieces as necessary creates a more interesting narrative.
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Well a good amount of debate with these comic book movies stem from whether the studios are sticking to "the source material". Which of course most don't. Hell even The Watchmen changed the way the movie ended. What GOTG did well was to make Quill a sympathetic figure right off the bat even though he is a bit of an ass. Of course the studios have to make these movies for people like my wife more than for guys like us who know a lot of the back story. And I'm fine because who is to say that the studios version isn't better. I sure thought the Watchmen was better than the graphic novel.
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THT edit
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I also liked the changes to Watchmen and I liked the movie better than the comic. Unfortunately the same director didn't have the same success, for me, with his Superman.

I have no issue with Star-Lord's origin being vague or tweaked. Some characters are best that way. In that light, Wolverine getting a definitive past was a mistake IMO.

Some characters totally need that origin to at least be cemented, consistent, if not shown. eg. Batman, Superman, Spidey, the Punisher, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four.

Even with characters like the F4 you could tweak a bunch, it really comes down to what you tweak. If you make them born powered, well then you just lost a huge part of what they are.

However we don't need to see origins all the time, many characters work just fine without an origin shown or mentioned... whether they have a known one or not. eg. James Bond



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