Joss Whedon spoke of director James Gunn’s (Slither, Super) vision for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy recently, saying the latest Marvel film was in good hands, Whedon said:
“James is what makes me think it will work. 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. This is the guy who wrote The Specials. People don’t understand how influential that movie was about heroes, about taking heroes and making them mundane. And [he directed] Super.”
Confirmation has finally come today through James Gunn’s Facebook page that he is indeed both writing and directing one of the key films in Marvel’s ‘Phase Two’. Here is what he said on his Facebook page, and expect a more official press release soon:
“For a month or so there’s been a lot of Internet speculation about my involvement with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Until now I haven’t said anything, because I’m trying to be less expulsive about this project than I am about the rest of my life. But last night I got the go-ahead from Kevin Feige to let you all know that, yes, indeed, I am rewriting and directing Guardians of the Galaxy. As a lifelong lover of Marvel comics, space epics, AND raccoons, this is the movie I’ve been waiting to make since I was nine years old. Kevin, Joss, and all the folks at Marvel have been amazing collaborators so far, and we’re committed to bringing you something majestic, beautiful, and unique. I am incredibly excited. I am also incredibly grateful to the fans and the press for all their words of encouragement and support regarding my involvement with this project since the news first leaked. Thanks – you have, honestly, touched and overwhelmed me. And that’s it for now. Other than the occasional photos of my dog and cat here on Facebook, I’ll talk to you again in August 2014 when Guardians is released!”
What a nice chap! I am sure we will be hearing a lot more from him before August 2014, but it is exciting news and there is a real buzz surrounding Marvel and Disney’s Phase Two which is now getting prepped to take over cinemas starting next year!
In other Marvel news, there has been talk of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers 2 featuring two new characters, and while no names have yet been confirmed, I am sure speculation will begin and continue until there is an official announcement as to who the new characters will be. However, there is also rumours of a villain who just might be the main bad guy in both Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2.
Remember the end of The Avengers? Yes, Thanos was the horrible villain who featured during the closing credits, and the rumours are that he will be the main villain in both The Avengers 2 and also Guardians of the Galaxy. A site reader at CosmicBookNews.com claims to have met with Thanos creator Jim Starlin at the Montreal Comic-Con, and says he was told that a deal was already in place to have Thanos appear in both The Avengers 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy.While this is not exactly official confirmation, Marvel do have a habit of teasing as to what will come next at the end of their films, and with Thanos appearing at the end of The Avengers, it was a hint that he would be appearing, the simple question was “which film?”
We now await official confirmation…
By Matt Wavish