Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Ragtag hero bunch's continuing story is violent but fun.

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

Peter fights the good fight and takes villains to task, but he uses violence to do so and is haunted by a troubled past. The division between good and evil is murky in this type of environment. Teamwork proves invaluable for this ragtag team, though, and usually winds up being the difference between success and failure for them. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

None of the heroes is perfect on his or her own, but by combining their individual efforts and skills, they make the group better than its parts. Peter shows his humanity when he recalls his mother's death. All the heroes act selflessly in defense of the galaxy and its inhabitants. 

Violence & Scariness

Many exchanges are violent. There's punching, kicking, and dismemberment, plus weapons such as shock wands, blasters, and boom sticks that send electricity through the air at people. Brief episodes of torture with victims screaming in pain. Many threats. Talk of Peter's abduction as a boy.

Sexy Stuff

Put-downs such as "imbecile" and telling a person he has bark for brains.


The series follows a live-action movie and has ties to Marvel's extensive conglomerate of programming and products.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is an animated follow-up to the Marvel story introduced in the live-action series of the same name. There's a lot of superhero-style violence in the characters' skirmishes with villains who wish them dead, so expect to see hand-to-hand fighting and the use of shock wands and blasters that spread more damage. Overall, though, the content is much more appropriate for kids than the movie's content was. As with all Marvel productions, there's the promise of much related merchandise to catch young fans' eyes.

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Kid, 11 years old August 14, 2020
Teen, 17 years old Written bypenn023 May 29, 2020

It's more fanfiction than anything

The characters are a hybrid of their comic and movie selves. Groot is adorable and loving, and Drax is absolutely hilarious, but Quill is whiny and irritating,... Continue reading

What's the story?

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY continues the story of "Star-Lord" Peter Quill (voiced by Will Friedle) and his band of misfit heroes: Groot (Kevin Michael Richardson), Gamora (Vanessa Marshall), Drax the Destroyer (David Sobolov), and Rocket Raccoon (Trevor Devall). Together the Guardians patrol the universe and thwart villains' evil plots, including the efforts of Thanos (Isaac Singleton, Jr.) to locate the Cosmic Seed, which could yield a new universe and untold power to its master. Only by delving into Star-Lord's mysterious past and locating the Cosmic Seed themselves can the Guardians hope to protect the galaxy from Thanos and his fellow villains. 

Is it any good?

This continued story of the ragtag group of former criminals turned unlikely heroes plays to a younger audience than its parent movie does, thanks to generally more kid-friendly content. There's still a lot of violence, but there's also less death, and its animated format takes the edge off the exchanges that exist. Thanos remains an intimidating adversary, to be sure, but he and the other bad guys are less threatening in cartoon form than they are in live-action.

What sells the Guardians as protagonists is their relatability as individual characters. They're imperfect, they can be rash, and they have complex backstories that influence their actions and evolve as the series progresses. This makes them intriguing standalone characters and affects the group dynamic in interesting ways. Lighter moments can be humorous, and there are some melancholy ones that reference Peter's family's past. There's also a definite advantage to having seen the movie and thus knowing how the characters came to be a group, but newcomers will get up to speed fairly quickly.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about heroes. Kids: What makes someone a hero in your eyes? Does a hero have to be famous? Where have you encountered people whose actions were heroic? 

  • If your kids have seen the movie, talk about the similarities and differences between the two productions. Does the animation contribute to or detract from the story in any way? Do you notice any character changing from one to the other? Do you think this is intentional? If so, why might it have been done? 

  • What are some of your other favorite Marvel characters? Do you have a favorite villain? Why is it fun to imagine the world differently from how it is? 

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