mm what was also interesting about guardians in light of the Marvel Stable is that it’s much better at the crucial team bonding sequences than the avengers.
the scene in the latter where the team is separated but somehow come together - the one where thor can’t pick up the hammer inexplicably, until he can - is a complete mess. the minute joss whedon has to tell the story visually, sans his ~irreverent dialogue, the thing falls the fuck apart. i defy you to make heads or tails of that without resorting to “well, in the comics..” or plain old guesswork.
the bit with the hulk suddenly able to control his powers cause he’s “always angry,” too, is a headscratcher - you could’ve just said “the plot demands this, captain america! stand aside!”
but gunn + “co-writer nicole perlman” (aside: despite any hoopla over a woman writing a marvel joint, she’s only on there as a WGA stipulation and gunn tossed all her work in the bin. hooray progress! it’s like when a woman got to co-direct frozen, giving her ideas to a committee at weekly “co-director summits”!) do a much better job at showing…and often telling…the characters’ various motivations and fucked-upness in a way that feels much more organic. rocket raccoon getting wasted and yelling about being an experiment is a lot more interesting than thor saying “loki” in a daft accent or iron man making wisecracks or whatever the heck was happening between hawkeye and black widow