Road to Endgame: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Was a Vital Step Into the Larger Marvel Cosmos (Welcome to Road to Endgame, where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In this edition: Guardians of the Galaxy leans into the comics but falls just short of greatness) Hot off the heels of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (a film that many described as a “spy thriller”), James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was both grimy, yet bursting at the seams with colour. It felt like a bright new world that had been used up and spit out, not unlike its characters.