Guardians of the Galaxy ★★★★

What could have been an odd choice for Marvel - with characters and universes that are negligibly familiar compared to the X-Men, Spiderman and Avengers franchises - ultimately winds up being one of its strongest entries to date.

The depth of this new universe (multiverse?) is staggering at times, especially as the film opens, but under Gunn's direction it's impossible not to find likability and even empathy for characters so far afield from the superheroes we're used to seeing. It all feels fresh, fun and playful, with an overarching sense of epic-ness in the truest form of the word.

Easily in the top three of my favourite Marvel films, and the first featuring characters I didn't grow up with (or really have any knowledge of).

But that post-credit scene is just unforgivable.

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