It feels weird being SO excited about James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. See, I am a serious movie fan, and I prefer my films to be serious. I like superhero movies, but the last time I got really REALLY excited was the build up to The Dark Knight Rises, because it was serious, intense stuff.
Yes Captain America: The Winter Soldier excited me, and the eventual film turned out to be one of the best of the year so far, but there is something about James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy that has me so excited I can barely contain it.
The film looks and feels fresh, it is full of ideas, the comedy appears to really work, it is a million miles (or Galaxy’s) from other Marvel film, and it just looks so insanely cool it almost hurts. Early reviews are calling it the best Marvel film yet, and I well and truly believe that Guardians of the Galaxy will not only be one of the best films of the year, but it will also raise the bar for superhero films.
In case you needed proof of just how awesome this film will be, a new clip has been released which shows the Guardians arriving in jail, and then brilliantly morphs into a trailer. Check out the fantastic five minutes next:
While we have your attention regarding Guardians of the Galaxy and Marvel, Kevin Feige (Marvel President) recently spoke with Collider about the Guardians. Feige gave an insight into the upcoming film and its design:
“I think the best movies are like that, when the characters aren’t commenting every five seconds. In our story, Peter Quill has been in this, traversing the galaxy for twenty-six years—for almost thirty years. He’s not gonna comment on everything he sees—even something as crazy as Rocket and Groot. The craziest thing about Groot is that he only says, “I am Groot.” No one ever comments on the fact that he’s this giant tree walking around. I guess Peter does comment on Rocket looking like a raccoon, to which Rocket says, “What’s a raccoon?” Because he has no idea. But we always said that we wanted the characters to play.
When we were casting Rocket and coming up with who we liked to approach, we kept saying, “Whoever plays it, can’t play it like he’s an animated character. Can’t play it like he knows he’s an animated character.” That’s what’s so amazing about Bradley, is that he’s made a character. Bradley could’ve played that role and you’d buy it.
What James Gunn brought, which is so impressive and so smart is, for as out there as all the characters are and all the worlds are, because Peter is a human—which James didn’t bring to it, that was inherit in the story. As a human from Earth, his references are from Earth, his pop culture knowledge is from Earth of a particular period when he was a kid here. But the notion of the Walkman, the notion of that mix tape that has a significance in the story but at the same time provides a literal soundtrack to the movie, which helps anchor it for people who could care less or perhaps are even turned off, “I don’t know these people. I don’t wanna know these people.” For people who are turned off by the notion of a space movie or a space opera”
Fiege then discussed how the Guardians met, and how director James Gunn put his own stamp on things:
“Much of it had been—at least the bones of it had been in Nicole Perlman’s draft, in some of the additional material that we had after that, that we talked with him about. The character lineup was essentially the same and the overall structure was kind of the same. I can’t remember now exactly what it was. The Walkman certainly was James, all of the story and the dialogue that you see now in the actual movies is James.
I think in the early draft, all the Guardians encounter each other for the first time in the prison as opposed to them encountering each other in the Xandar-Mall which led to them going to the prison, which was a James plus. Thanos and Ronan’s roles were altered somewhat over the course of it, as James did. Yondu was all James, the backstory of Peter having been raised essentially by Yondu and the Ravagers was all James”
Talk eventually turned to Thanos, the big villain who will play a major role in upcoming Marvel films. In Guardians of the Galaxy, Thanos is voiced by Josh Brolin, and The Playlist discovered some juicy details:
“We knew he was going to be in this movie. We wanted somebody to be more than just the voice. Josh did the performance as well. We were looking at a wish list of, “Wouldn’t it be great if names,” and his name was on it. And you look at his face and the performances he gives, he could be Thanos without any effects. He has that kind of face and that kind of gravitas to it.
We reached out to him and it was one of those things that does not happen all the time but when it does it’s very nice, where he was totally intrigued. He was a fan of what we did, he met with Jeremy Latcham in a hotel in London and learned about the characters a little bit. I spoke to him on the phone a few times. We ran it by James who loved it, ran it by Joss who loved it because Thanos is in this universe because of Avengers. Then we shot him and recorded for it”
While all looks peachy for Guardians of the Galaxy and a proposed sequel, director James Gunn had a chance this week to address those rumours of a new Hulk stand alone movie, specifically Planet Hulk. When asked about a possible Guardians of the Galaxy sequel featuring Hulk, Gunn point blank shot down the rumours as “bullshit”:
“I can answer that question very easily: it is absolute, 100% bullshit. It feels like a great relief to finally say this after all the dumb stuff on the Internet. There’s not going to be a Planet Hulk movie, there was never going to be a Planet Hulk movie, there was never a plan for the Hulk to team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy – I wouldn’t want the Hulk to team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy! And it’s all a bunch of complete bullshit.”
Guardians of the Galaxy is written and directed by James Gunn, and the cast includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Peter Serafinowicz, and Benicio Del Toro.
The film will be released in UK cinemas July 31st.
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team – the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits – Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is presented by Marvel Studios. The film releases August 1, 2014, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.