Avengers: Infinity War was the first time we saw the Guardians of the Galaxy crossover with the Avengers and God was Tony Stark not happy about it! He and Quill had a clash of attitudes right from the very moment they met each other, and from there on things escalated as Quill could not keep it together, which led to their team lose the battle on Titan. Some might say that Quill deserved to be disintegrated, but let’s cut him some slack as the guy was in love.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the franchise that has really explored the cosmos of the MCU apart from the Thor franchise. It laid the seeds for Thanos to arrive along with other movies. Almost all the Guardians except maybe Rocket and Drax had big significant roles in Infinity War, as they impacted the plot to a huge extent.
Guardians of the Galaxy is probably the most important franchise for the MCU as the thing might have just fallen apart if it wasn’t for Gunn and his gang of outlaws. Infinity War may not have been possible or could have been way different and probably unlikable if the Guardians were not brought into this shared Universe.
But due to the massive plot of the movie, the Guardians had to be sort of sidelined as there were so many characters that the movie had to portray. Still, there were many individual moments for all the characters in the movie and particularly in the team of Guardians. Even Mantis got a very important role, which was to try and hold Thanos off for a while until others could take off the Gauntlet. Gamora actually turned out to be the character that got the audiences emotional the most as compared to other characters.
Star-Lord unintentionally became the betrayer. Groot, Rocket, and Drax had little to do but Groot gave Stormbreaker a handle and saved Thor, Rocket took Thor to Nidavellir and Drax was there to crack us all up every time the movie got so serious. He was probably the funniest of all in the movie, coming up with being the invisible one analogy and obviously the improvised “Why is Gamora” moment!
But there was a scene that would have really explained the tensions and motivations that the Guardians go through with. It even solved a minor plot hole of how exactly did the Guardians know about reaching Titan right after Gamora was taken by Thanos from Knowhere. Nebula obviously sent them a message which had the coordinates in it, but this scene showed the Guardians receiving the message as they were really tensed about what just happened on Knowhere.
The scene had the Guardians dealing with the problems in their own way, by mostly fighting and yelling at each other. Unfortunately, it did not make it to the final cut because of the fact that the movie was long and it did not really fit in the consistency of the film. It made it to the DVD and home release but co-director Joe Russo revealed that it was surely the hardest scene for them to cut as he recently talked to CinemaBlend:
“There’s a Guardians scene that’s on the DVD that was very hard to cut because it’s so entertaining – but we just didn’t need it for the thrust of the film at that moment.”
The two directors also revealed another funny Guardians scene which did not make it to the movie when they talked to Entertainment Weekly earlier. They said:
“Joe – I think there’s one really funny Guardians scene that didn’t make the cut. Everything else was just sort of little loose ends here and there … [The Guardians scene is] just more of a straight-up comedic scene.
Anthony – It’s a scene where they’re sort of stuck. There’s a point in the movie where they’re stuck without knowing what to do. And it was just this absurd scene of the Guardians not knowing where to go. And it was really fun and it was very endearing to us. But because the movie is so big and so propulsive, it just wasn’t quite pushing us where we needed to go.”
Avengers: Infinity War is now out on BluRay.