Countdown to ‘Endgame’: Our Favorite Moments from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

We are only a few short weeks away from the premiere of Avengers: Endgame. And as the release date approaches and we reach the end of this journey, we want to look back on everything that brought us here. The heroes we watched struggle, grow, and save humanity over the last ten years and our favorite moments of their stories. We will be going through each phase in order, covering every movie leading up to April 26.

Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Chris Pratt in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Courtesy of IMDb.

We were first introduced to this new team of superheroes in 2014. What started out as a misfit group of criminals, turned into a family who would come to call themselves The Guardians of the Galaxy.

Here are our favorite moments from Guardians of the Galaxy:

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I will admit that when I first saw the trailer, I was not sure what to think. I ended up loving it for the soundtrack, humor, and Rocket the raccoon. The songs are introduced as secondary characters and add to the backstory of Quill and how he deals with his mother’s death and memory. Learning about the infinity stone and more about Thanos and his connection to Gamora, was some good foreshadowing. I also like how the group met in prison, and they each have their redemption arc journey. – Sarah

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What I love most about Guardians of the Galaxy is the soundtrack. Often times the soundtrack of a movie is just there to set the mood, unless it is a musical where the songs enhance or advance plot and character development. Guardians of the Galaxy makes the music such an integral part of the movie that I cannot imagine the movie would have been as successful without it. I really enjoy the misfit nature of the Guardians. The characters are a little strange and their motivations are questionable at best, but still they come together to do what is right to save the Galaxy, often by very unconventional means. When Peter Quill decides to distract Ronan by singing and dancing, so the others can get the orb, is a perfect example. This was something that we had not really seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe up until that point. Loki had used misdirection numerous times, but it was different to see it coming from the hero of the story.

My favorite part, however, may also be the saddest. I always get emotional when Groot wraps his new friends in a ball of branches to protect them. The shift in his normal speech to “we are Groot” has the most heartbreaking connotations. It is a beautiful moment that really shows the heart of the Guardians. They are misfits, thieves, former enemies, all turned allies who really do care for each other. And I think that is really what I love most about this movie as a whole. The end credit scene of dancing Baby Groot is definitely a bonus! – Heather

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I still remember seeing this movie for the first time in the theater and just feeling absolutely pumped. The vibe, the colors, the music and the humor made it a unique and new addition to the Marvel franchise that helps a new generation of fans identify with superheroes. The Guardians of the Galaxy are a motley crew of misfits who end up together not by choice, but by common goal. I love the different characters and their dynamic. If I had to pick a favorite, it is probably Rocket, because he has the best way of dealing with everyone and I love his sense of humor.  Obviously, this film also (and mostly) stands out with its epic soundtrack, a playlist I still revisit weekly, even though the movie has been out for a minute and a half. I just adore how the classic songs work and clash with the 80’s vibe and classic sci-fi/space film of that time. My favorite part is the scene where they break out from the prison, because it shows their team dynamic and how well they already work with each other. – Conny

Stay tuned as we look back on all our favorite moments from the Marvel Universe as we anticipate what lies ahead for our heroes in Avengers: Endgame.

Be sure check out the rest of this series!

Kayla

Kayla has been with Nerds and Beyond since 2016 when she decided to combine her love of fandoms and writing. She enjoys all things Marvel, gaming, reading, traveling, going to conventions and concerts. When not writing, she can usually be found in front of the TV enjoying her favorite shows and trying to make a dent in her every growing 'to watch list', behind a camera lens, or on Twitter yelling about her love for Bucky Barnes.

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