When it comes to the Guardians of the Galaxy, there is no greater expert than James Gunn. The director is now synonymous with the franchise thanks to his directorial pursuits. Gunn is the man behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s take on the interstellar team, and the director has piloted the franchise to critical success. However, when Gunn first looked at the series, the director wasn’t convinced it was a great idea.
Recently, Gunn told fans his first impressions of a Guardians of the Galaxy movie were not positive ones. The director met with audiences at E3 for his World Building panel, and Gunn detailed why he felt the franchise could have been a dud.
“I know, for me, when I first was pitched Guardians of the Galaxy, it was something that I frankly [during] my first hearing of it, I thought it was not a good idea,” Gunn told fans at E3 just recently. “I thought it was a talking raccoon, with these strange characters, I thought it was too weird. I thought it sounded to me, like when they first pitched it to me, as if it was Bugs Bunny in the middle of The Avengers. And I didn't think it was something that was going to work.
Continuing, Gunn said his thoughts about the film eventually shifted after he realized the Guardians weren’t as outlandish as they appeared. In fact, it was the characters’ sadness that reeled in his interest.
“I was going home, and I knew the Guardians from the comics and I really liked them, I just didn't think it was something that was going to fit into the Marvel Universe. But as I was driving home, I thought, 'OK, well, let's just take a moment to think about this.' If there was such a thing as a talking raccoon, what would it be? How could it come to be?... And I actually found the answers to these questions were these incredibly sad answers... To me that was the foundation of the entire Guardians of the Galaxy Guardians-verse.”
Clearly, Gunn’s innovative take on the Guardians of the Galaxy has won over moviegoers around the world. The first film succeeded everyone’s expectations, and its recent sequel as earned over $830 million worldwide. Marvel Studios has entrusted Gunn with much of his narrative future, and the director has already confirmed he will oversee a third Guardians of the Galaxy of the Galaxy film next.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in theaters now. Spider-Man: Homecoming lands on July 7, 2017, followed by Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017. After that Black Panther debuts on February 16, 2018, while Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018. Ant-Man and the Wasp