Joss Whedon Puts Faith in James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
With summer and The Avengers behind us, it's time to start looking forward to the next round of Marvel films with the second phase of their cinematic universe. Iron Man 3 is first next summer with Thor: The Dark World coming next fall, Captain America: The Winter Solider next spring, and maybe even Ant Man at some point. But the film that holds the most intrigue seems to be Guardians of the Galaxy, with Slither and Super director James Gunn behind the camera. If there's doubt, audiences will be pleased to hear that Gunn has the seal of approval from The Avengers director and nerd overlord Joss Whedon.
MTV just talked to Whedon at TIFF (where his Much Ado About Nothing passion project is playing), and he expressed his initial reservations about certain aspects of adapting Guardians of the Galaxy and how they promptly disappeared when he was informed that Gunn was being brought on board. Whedon says:
"I myself was sort of like, 'Well, I liked Rocket Raccoon as a kid, but I'm not sure how that plays [to a wider audience].' And then they said, 'Well, we're thinking about using James Gunn.' And I said, 'Oh, then no, you're fine.' He is so off the wall, and so crazy, but so smart, such a craftsman and he builds from his heart. He loves the raccoon. Needs the raccoon."
Considering the anthropomorphic raccoon is the most strange and worrisome part of the cosmic hero ensemble (read more about him and the rest of the team right here), it's good to hear that Whedon felt that Gunn could handle that aspect with no problem. In addition, it sounds like this film isn't as simple as taking The Avengers formula to space or anything. Whedon thinks that Gunn will bring a lot of innovation and fresh ideas to the table saying:
"He has a very twisted take on it, but it all comes from a real love for the material. It's going to be hard for the humans to keep up. I know he's going to come from left field and I'm going to go, 'What?' And then, 'Of course, why didn't I think of that?' And then I'm going to beat him!"
Frankly, when I heard that Gunn was negotiating for the job, I couldn't think of anyone better. He has a penchant for dark twisted comedy, and when you look at the characters in the comic books, this is going to take a unique mind to really make everything jive with fans and also Marvel's universe plans. Gunn hasn't had a commercial success as a filmmaker, but this his big chance to become a big name outside of cult film fans. I can't wait to see what he plans to do with Guardians of the Galaxy, which is currently slated to hit in August of 2014, as the last Marvel film before The Avengers 2 in 2015. Thoughts?