21. Taking a Big Risk With 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
The bedrock of Marvel Studios are established crowd-pleasers like The Avengers, Iron Man and Captain America. But rather than merely churn out sequels, the studio is also moving forward with riskier material. Even a lot of diehard fans had to refresh their memories about the obscure Guardians of the Galaxy, and the general public is not exactly beating down the door for an Ant-Man movie. But this proves that the compnay is not resting on its laurels, or relying on nothing but its cash cows. Potential films like Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Captain Marvel may push the studio even further outside its comfort zone — a good place to go if it wants to stay fresh.