Borderlands’ Comparisons To A Major Marvel Franchise Are A Big Challenge For The Video Game Movie

By Micah Bailey Published 1 minute ago

Although the trailer for Borderlands portrays most of the source material’s cast and setting, it exudes a familiar vibe that could be problematic.

Borderlands' Comparisons To A Major Marvel Franchise Are A Big Challenge For The Video Game Movie


  • Borderlands trailer seems akin to Guardians of the Galaxy, raising concerns of originality and audience interest.
  • Strong cast and source material make Borderlands promising, but comparisons to MCU may pose challenges.
  • August release suggests potential blockbuster status, but unique tone needed to differentiate from Marvel franchises.


The trailer for the live-action adaptation of Borderlands is exciting, but the comparisons that are already being drawn to one massive Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) franchise are worrying for the upcoming video game movie. The effects-heavy trailer featuring Kevin Hart, Cate Blanchett, and Jack Black, among others, combined with Borderlands' August release date suggests that it could very well be one of the year's biggest blockbuster events. Furthermore, Borderlands' acclaimed source material of the video games leaves room for franchise potential if the first installment is successful.

Borderlands will include many characters from the video games, which bodes well for the movie, since one of the best things about the video games is the interaction between its oddball characters. Plenty of things are working in the upcoming video game adaptation's favor, including the visual aesthetic, style of humor, and overall wacky vibe. However, the Borderlands' trailer lends itself to a comparison to one of the MCU's most profitable intellectual properties. Despite the convincing trailer, the comparisons that Borderlands is already drawing present some challenges it will need to overcome to set itself apart.

The Trailer For Borderlands Feels Very Similar To Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy already features a rag-tag group of heroes and Classic rock music.


Borderlands' trailer demonstrates to unfamiliar audiences that the movie will revolve around an unlikely team of heroes on a clandestine mission to defend the planet from intergalactic threats, all while classic rock accompanies the visuals. While the movie's plot and the trailer's stylistic choices aren't necessarily groundbreaking, they undeniably hearken back to James Gunn's handling of the MCU's Guardians of the Galaxy. The trailer is certainly fun, but the comparisons one could make between it and Guardians of the Galaxy aren't ideal.

Director Eli Roth Release Date August 9, 2024 Studio(s) Arad Productions , Picturestart Cast Cate Blanchett , Kevin Hart , Jack Black , Ariana Greenblatt , Florian Munteanu , Jamie Lee Curtis , Edgar Ramirez , Gina Gershon

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