If you just directed the number one movie in the world, a film that grossed well over its initial goals to set an all-time August opening, how would you spend your weekend? James Gunn spent it working on the sequel.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy grossed an estimated $94 million on its opening weekend. That’s the all-time August record for an opening weekend, and a good $30 million over early estimates for Guardians. It was a time to celebrate for the film’s writer/director and everyone else involved in the film, but Gunn took to Facebook to thank his crew and producers, and to tell fans he didn’t spend the weekend celebrating. He spent the weekend working on the sequel. Read his Guardians of the Galaxy opening weekend thank you note below. Read More »
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After a couple years of wondering what Marvel’s biggest foray into space would look like, we can finally see the results in Guardians of the Galaxy. Many people, us included once in a while, wondered about this space-adventure movie being a risk for Marvel. But the company, along with original screenwriter Nicole Perlman and writer/director James Gunn, has clearly risen to the challenge.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a bona-fide success, and one which stands out from many other summer films by being colorful and fun. We’ve talked about the film more than enough; now we want to hear what you thought.
After the break, join the big open discussion about Guardians of the Galaxy. Spoilers for all things related to the film are encouraged. Read More »
I’m still trying to figure out how Guardians of the Galaxy works. It’s a movie set in an unfamiliar universe, it introduces several new characters with diverse backstories on numerous worlds, and features a talking raccoon, a fighting tree, familial death, and multiple villains, all set to seventies and eighties pop music. On paper, there’s no way the movie should work. But not only did writer/director James Gunn find the perfect mix to make it work, Guardians of the Galaxy soars. All of those elements marry each other just right to tell a singular, direct and entertaining story. Along the way there’s room for jaw-dropping and innovative action, beautiful visuals, robust characterizations and more laughs than probably all the other Marvel movies combined. Yes, Marvel has another winner in Guardians of the Galaxy. Read the rest of our Guardians of the Galaxy review below. Read More »
A lot has changed since I spoke to James Gunn roughly two weeks ago. In that time his new film, Guardians of the Galaxy, has become the one of the hottest topics in popular culture. It’s getting so popular, in fact, that Marvel has already greenlit Gunn’s next film, Guardians of the Galaxy 2. But two weeks ago, that wasn’t a certainty. The writer director was just happy that people, this journalist included, liked the film so much and wanted to talk to him about it.
In our interview, we talked about balancing the films impulses between action, humor and emotion; the fact he’s so active on social media and how Marvel feels about that; the introduction of Thanos (Josh Brolin) and some of his friends; Nathan Fillion‘s cameo; the humor in the movie, and more including the whereabouts of that classic blue Walkman. Read our James Gunn Guardians of the Galaxy interview below. Read More »
It’s a little bit unusual that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is not only in script development, but greenlit and dated before the first film even opens. It’s rare that we see that pattern of announcement. Naturally, writer/director James Gunn is already thinking about the Guardians sequel — hell, he’s probably thought a lot about it in the past few months.
The film won’t be out for three years, but if you’re ready to start your own process of thinking about what Guardians 2 might look like, some new comments from Gunn will give a few pointers. In one interview, the director talked about a few specific characters and relationships that will likely be explored. Get the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 story details below. Read More »
How confident is Marvel Studios that Guardians of the Galaxy is going to work? The film itself declares the characters will be back not once, but twice, and they’ve green lit and dated the sequel a week before the first movie hits theaters. That’s pretty exciting. But it wouldn’t be possible if writer/director James Gunn hadn’t done such a great job on the first one, or have a strong idea for Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
In a new interview, Gunn said he “has a good idea” for the second and that while he does have to worry a bit about connections to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, that won’t be the focus. Read More »
Guardians of the Galaxy opens Friday and hopefully you are making plans to see it. It’s truly a fun ride, jam-packed with awesomeness. However, one scene in particular is extra packed with neat stuff. That’s Benicio Del Toro‘s big scene, in which he appears as the Collector. As his name suggests, the Collector has a lot of different things in his room. Both director James Gunn and producer Kevin Feige told us to be on the lookout for some exciting Guardians of the Galaxy Easter Eggs during the scene.
Below, read their quotes about the scene which include some minor, non-plot related spoilers. Read More »
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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: At the end of the Marvel Studios presentation at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, Marvel head Kevin Feige played a video of Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and director James Gunn announcing that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be released on July 28th 2017.
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