rocket raccoon guardians of the galaxy 3

In his first interview following his firing and eventual rehiring to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, James Gunn struck a remarkably even tone while talking about the roller coaster he went through. But while he has largely made peace with how things unfolded, Gunn said there was one element of the entire debacle that would have hit him hard: not being able to finish Rocket Raccoon’s arc. The sardonic anthropomorphic raccoon played by Bradley Cooper was near to Gunn’s heart, and he suggests that in the third Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket would wrap up his arc from distrustful petty criminal to full-fledged hero.

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guardians of the galaxy firing

Last summer, James Gunn was on top of the world. And then he wasn’t. The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise filmmaker was fired by Disney after offensive joke tweets from his past resurfaced, and despite fan outcry defending Gunn, it looked like his days with Marvel were over – especially when word broke that he was heading over to DC and Warner Bros. to direct the Suicide Squad sequel. But in March of this year, Marvel and Disney reversed their decision, and rehired Gunn to helm the third Guardians entry. In a new interview, Gunn gets candid about his Guardians of the Galaxy firing and rehiring.

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How is Avengers: Endgame doing at the box office? What if the snap isn’t what caused the dimension tear in Spider-Man: Far From Home?  Why wasn’t Captain Marvel‘s sexuality addressed in the movie? What did the Avengers: Endgame writers have to say about the presumed Namor Easter egg in Endgame? How big could the Spider-Man: Far From Home opening weekend be at the box office? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Avengers Cast and Crew Final Battle Set Photo

Want to take a glimpse behind the scenes of the Bloodshot movie? What moment between Thor and Valkyrie was cut from Avengers: Endgame? What Marvel Comics property could bring Anthony & Joe Russo back to Marvel Studios? Want to know about the real science between some key Marvel scenes? What do new rumors say about the plot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Aquaman Concept Art

Would you like to see a big Image Comics crossover with Spawn and more? What sad title did Avengers: Endgame translate to in Korean? Want to see concept art of Batman helping with an Atlantean invasion of Sydney in Aquaman? What other superhero would Joe Russo like to take a crack at directing a movie for? What DC Comics characters are getting their own animated shorts? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Legion

Are you ready for the final season of Legion? How did Avengers: Endgame get a soldier arrested? What did Groot say in his final scene in Avengers: Endgame? How long is Dark Phoenix? Where did a certain adorable line from Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame come from? Did you see the Saturday Night Live sketch with The Avengers and Game of Thrones playing Family Feud? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

guardians 3 and endgame

Avengers: Endgame concludes with a pretty clear set-up for what might happen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. It’s so explicit, in fact, that you might assume Guardians mastermind James Gunn played a big part in shaping how Endgame would lead into his sequel. But that’s not what happened. According to Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo, they haven’t even read Gunn’s script, and were given the freedom to do whatever they wanted.

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Avengers Endgame

Avengers: Endgame pulls the characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a variety of interesting directions. Not only does it challenge them in ways they’ve never been tested before, but it enhances the origins of Earth’s mightiest heroes. And when you have such a wide breadth of characters and an endless array of directions to take them, there are a lot of changes in the writing process where certain ideas get scrapped or changed as they go along. That’s exactly what happened with Thor’s place in the plot for Avengers: Endgame, but in order to explain that, we have to get into major spoiler territory. Read More »

Dark Phoenix Poster

What problem did Ray Fisher have with Cyborg in Justice League? How did the numbers for Avengers: Endgame on Monday stack up at the box office charts? Is James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad inspired by a specific run of comics? Who is the most popular of the Avengers in each state? When will Guardians of the Galaxy 3 start shooting? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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endgame sets up guardians of the galaxy vol. 3

One of the most refreshing things about Avengers: Endgame is how conclusive it feels. Most Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have endings that leave lots of room for sequels, and follow-up movies to come. But Endgame puts a nice, neat bow on its narrative, resulting in a rewarding cinematic experience. But of course, the MCU will continue onward. Which means there had to be some set-up for what comes next.

Of all the upcoming MCU films, it’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 that receives the biggest jump-start. Some of the final moments of the latest Avengers film plant seeds of what we can expect from James Gunn‘s triumphant return to the MCU. And the potential is limitless. Spoilers follow.

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