I like Daniel Carlson's piece, as someone who is both invested in videogames and movies. I'd add that bending a screenplay to add a "setpiece" isn't new to blockbuster. Hitchcock was notorious (hehe, get it?) for asking to his writers to add scene that would present a challenge to direct, one of those being the Mt. Rushmore scene in North By Northwest. That said, it does not detract from Carlson's piece, as the attitude of Hitchcock was similar to the attitude blockbuster movie have toward their audience, minus the autorship.
P.S. Marvel just make the same movie over and over with a slightly different tone and, yes, Guardians of Galaxy has that exact problem.
The main problem with GotG is how cheesy it is. The hero dancing in order to stop the villain from killing a planet by hitting it with a hammer is way too close to Spaceballs territory. As a Marvel movie it's vastly inferior to The Winter Solider.