This usually happens when ever a comic book movie comes out the artists for the actual comics will usually try to change the heroes image to fit their screen personas better. They tried making the Joker more Ledger in the comics and I think the fans nearly killed someone over it.
Yeah, but it's not only about appearance, but about the backstory and characterization.
I mean, just imagine a situation when a Justice League movie comes out... and it turns out that the creators dropped Wonder Woman's Amazon background and turned her into a grity supersoldier, because they felt it'd be easier to do in a movie. And *then*, imagine that after the movie comes out, DC retcons the comic book Wonder Woman to be a supersoldier, too... That's basically what seems to be happening to GOTG characters and it saddens me greatly.
When you need to accomplish so many objectives within the span of a single movie, some of that stuff just has to change. I mean, they needed to shorten everyone's backstory since no one got their own origin story, and make it believable that they'd all tolerate working together and eventually become friends. I'm not overly familiar with the comics but I don't think what little I've seen would be conducive to making this all happen within two hours or so. Just saying.
I really don't see why it would be impossible to incorporate Star-Lord's "ex-cosmic adventurer fallen on hard times" characterization into a movie. In a way, the movie's creators were pretty unoriginal... I mean, how many "lovable rogue turned hero" characters are there in comics? Marvel's Gambit, DC / Wildstorm's Grifter... heck, the movie Star-Lord even *looks* like Grifter. Not to mention, the "lovable rogue" backstory doesn't even explain why he calls himself Star-Lord - meanwhile, the original backstory makes this name make sense. "Star-Lord" is a name of an awe-inspiring cosmic hero, not a thief... and that name originally *fit* the character, because, originally, Star-Lord *was* an awe-inspiring cosmic superhero. I mean, during Annihilation: Conquest
, people were actually joining his team because of the fame associated with that name...
It's a sad thing that the movie's creators tossed all of this out. And it's even sadder that Marvel retconned in that take on Star-Lord as canon and invalidated the original Star-Lord character.
And I really hate the new mysanthropic take on Rocket... :( I mean, the current version's recurrent line is: "We need to run away from this new danger! We shouldn't care about it! Self-interest goes first!". Meanwhile, in the Abnett & Lanning GOTG series, Rocket Raccoon was the one guy who kept the Guardians going after a crisis tore the team apart... He had a temper, true, but he was clearly a hero.
On more positive note: that Ant-Man
trailer really does look interesting!
New casting update for X-Men: Apocalypse. Olivia Munn has been cast to appear as Psylocke.
British Psylocke or Asian Psylocke, I wonder..?