With Marvel and Disney’s ‘Phase Two’ kicking off with the likes of Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, there is still yet more to come! While everyone is bursting with excitement about the fact Joss Whedon has not only been pretty much crowned Marvel’s real life God and will both write and direct The Avengers 2, but he has also signed a three year deal to work with Marvel and Disney on all sorts of projects. Not only will be probably have some sort of input it just about every film being made, but Whedon is also somewhat involved in a live action Marvel TV series as well. Naturally everyone wanted to speak to him at the weekends Toronto International Film Festival (where he was promoting new film Much Ado About Nothing), and Whedon got on to the subject of the more tricky film on Marvel’s Phase Two schedule, Guardians of the Galaxy.
The film has all sorts of challenges, it is set in space and the characters are anything but simple to create on screen, however writer and director James Gunn (Slither, Super) is confident he is up to the task. While it was originally slated that Chris McCoy was going to write, Gunn is now doing it in yet another Marvel film finding the same person writing and directing (The Avengers 2, Shane Black writing and directing Iron Man 3, and Edgar Wright writing and directing Ant Man). Whedon spoke of his thoughts on Gunn while being interviewed by MTV:
“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.”
The Rocket Raccoon is pretty much exactly how it sounds, a talking Raccoon who carries large guns, but there is also another character who is a sentient tree! Whedon continued:
“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!”
With Whedon’s seal of approval, we can almost guarantee that Guardians of the Galaxy is set to become yet another Marvel/Disney classic. The film has a planned release date of 1st August 2014.
By Matt Wavish