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Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Trailer Is Giving Fans Flashbacks To Guardians Of The Galaxy

Paramount Pictures has debuted a new trailer for their upcoming fantasy epic "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves," causing fans to draw flattering comparisons to one of the most beloved movies of the 2010s. The film, which is adapted from the vast lore of the tabletop role-playing game of the same name, boasts a stacked cast including Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Regé-Jean Page.

Despite this impressive roster, the project faces an uphill battle. Though the "Dungeons & Dragons" brand is as popular as it's ever been thanks to "Stranger Things" and "Critical Role," making a film or television series as engaging and satisfying as an interactive game is a challenge. Regardless, some fans have noted that it shares many positive traits with a beloved film from the Marvel Cinematic universe, "Guardians of the Galaxy." This could work in "Honor Among Thieves'" favor if it is able to capture the magic of the aforementioned Marvel film.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Fantasy Edition

In the comments of the latest "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves'" trailer on YouTube, Michael Menei aptly subtitled the film, "Guardians of the Galaxy: Fantasy Edition." "Guardians of the Galaxy" was the runaway Marvel Studios hit that turned some of comics' most obscure characters into household names overnight. Because it couldn't rely exclusively on name recognition, "Guardians of the Galaxy's" success was due at least in part to the sharp humor and vibrant direction of James Gunn. Now, the tone Gunn found in "Guardians of the Galaxy" is being felt in "Honor Among Thieves" with its brilliant blend of humor with excellent characterizations. 

"Looks like fantasy 'Guardians of the Galaxy,'" Erik Danielson commented on YouTube, "and I don't mean that in a bad way because 'Guardians' Vol. 1 and 2 are some of my favorite MCU movies." To many fans, this is a great sign that the creative team understands the spirit of "Dungeons & Dragons." It's supposed to be silly and feel like you and your buddies got together to play a game and joke around for a little bit. "So the new D&D movie is basically 'Guardians of the Galaxy' with a dungeon crawl," @VerseHome tweeted. "I think that's something we can work with."

Guardians of the Galaxy is really a D&D game gone hilariously wrong

On the r/movies subreddit, where redditors gathered to discuss the new trailer for "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves," u/NazzerDawk wrote, "People have been saying for 8 years that 'Guardians of the Galaxy' felt like a tabletop RPG adventure being played by actual players. I wouldn't be surprised if the pitch for this movie was just holding up a blu-ray of that movie and then slapping on a 'Lord of the Rings' sticker or two."

The reminiscent banter isn't the only aspect of the trailer that harkens back to Peter Quill and his crew. A perfect example of this comes in the trailer's first moments, in which Michelle Rodriguez's Holga the Barbarian defeats a team of enemies with her hands bound. Meanwhile, Chris Pine's Edgin the Bard attempts to sever his own binds with stairs. This moment not only seems like something that could occur on the starship Milano, but it could also happen by dumb luck in an actual D&D game among friends.

While Edgin, Holga, and Regé-Jean Page's humorless Xenk the Paladin resemble Peter, Gamora, and Drax in their interactions and personalities, the overall feel of the film is what truly seems to be getting fans excited for "Honor Among Thieves." If the film can capture that familial friendship that can be found in both the "Guardians" franchise and the most magical games of "Dungeons & Dragons," it may be a huge success.