Thanks to James Gunn's vision, audiences fell in love with the Guardians of the Galaxy, once one of the most obscure titles in Marvel's roster Now, the formerly-ignored group of outcasts is a household name. To address questions from fans, James Gunn held a question and answer forum on his Facebook account, and the things he had to say concerning Marvel and his future movies were more than just interesting.
The Guardians At SDCC
One of the first questions asked concerned the well-received teaser footage for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 shown during this year's San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). The director clarified that the footage will not be released any time soon, but assured that what little was seen in the SDCC panel will make it to the final cut.
It was just for you in the room, and is part of what we're putting in the movie, of course... People cried and one person fainted when they saw Baby Groot. He's like the Beatles. That was pretty fun.
For those waiting for the trailer or a glimpse of the teaser footage, Gunn guaranteed that it may drop when people least expect it.
Not too long. Also not too soon.
The Guardians' Second Mix Tape
With excitement building forGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
, fans want to know more about the secretive sequel's story not to mention new characters like Ego the Living Planet (Kurt Russell) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Asked about his favorite newbies, Gunn explained those two turned out to be his favorite newcomers.
Kurt Russell as Ego, probably. But I also love Pom as Mantis.
He assured fans that the new characters' stories won't interfere with the progress of the already existing character arcs, such as Star-Lord's (Chris Pratt) or Yondu's (Michael Rooker).
To answer those questions you have to see the movie - but I promise you it all fits together - Meredith Quill's story with Peter's story with Yondu's story with Ego's story.
Guardians of the Galaxy is notable for being one of the few Marvel movies to have few connections to the other Marvel movies outside of the Infinity Stones and Thanos (Josh Brolin). This is a trend James Gunn is keen on continuing. When asked if he would add an Avenger or Thanos to the movie or even consider a making a Rocket Raccoon-Deadpool crossover, he said that even if he could, he'd choose not to.
...I'm not sure what's going on next but IF I chose to stay in the MCU I'd be playing solely with cosmic characters related to the Guardians-verse.
He has also gone on record to say that his favorite moment from Guardians of the Galaxy was Drax (Dave Bautista) petting Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) at the movie's end while clarifying that both Rocket and Groot (Vin Diesel) would make bad roommates.
They would both be shitty roommates, but Groot is probably the better of the two.
Gunn and DC
Given how popular superhero movies are, questions about Marvel's "rival" DC were expected, but what few saw coming were James Gunn's possible ties to the brand. While sharing his opinions on DC's latest cinematic efforts, he revealed that he was also offered the chance to helm a DC project but turned it down for personal reasons.
I thought there was some amazing action sequences in Man of Steel, but I haven’t seen the other two films ['Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' and 'Suicide Squad']. I’ve had opportunities to make DC films, but I haven’t said yes to anything, and not sure I would at this time.
Even if he currently works for Marvel, he made it clear that he loves comics from both sides, with Cassandra Cain's run as Batgirl being his favorite DC character. He also revealed what DC titles he'd like to take charge of if given the chance.
I’ve talked before about which projects appeal to me the most IF I was into making one, and it’s always Shazam and Metal Men and Swamp Thing and [Jonah] Hex and a few other DC IPs (Intellectual Properties) I’ve enjoyed for a great deal of my life.
James Gunn made a name for himself by turning a band of little-known characters into a pop culture phenomenon, so it's no surprise that the DC heroes he likes are somewhat obscure, similar to the Guardians of the Galaxy. Even if the latest Marvel and DC films currently don't share any creator, it wouldn't be a bad idea to hope for a DC movie from James Gunn, especially since one of the character he mentioned desperately needs cinematic redemption.
James Gunn's Future
Gunn also promised that there will be more to his film resume outside of movies based on a Marvel comic's pages while also talking about his return to the horror genre, as embodied by the upcoming The Belko Experiment.
I'm playing around with one project, but it's a secret for now. The Belko Experiment will be out BEFORE GOTG 2.
The movie he mentioned is an upcoming horror movie starring Guardians veteran Michael Rooker, which is slated to debut at this year's Toronto Film Festival. The Belko Experiment follows a group of 83 American expatriates who find themselves trapped in a building in Brazil where they are forced to play a murderous game orchestrated by a voice on the speaker system.
After confirming that his underrated movie Slither (2006) won't be getting a Blu-Ray release any time soon and citing the thriller Green Room and HBO's epic Game of Thrones as his favorites of 2016, he gave this advice to aspiring film makers when asked what he would say to them by using just one word.
Finish what you start (four words).