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'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Director James Gunn Discusses Working With Joss Whedon, Sequels, Marvel "Risks" & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 31, 2014 12:03 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
This week's "Guardians of the Galaxy" pushes the Marvel Cinematic Universe into strange and surprising places. And the person piloting that particular spaceship is co-writer/director James Gunn, who took a relatively obscure property about a group of intergalactic outlaws and turned it into one of the summer's more outrageously entertaining confections. It's both a break from your standard superhero fare and keeps totally within the pre-existing mythological framework—and it should both expand the brand and reinforce its power in the cinematic landscape. We talked to Gunn about how he snagged A-list stars, what the movie's chief influences were, the situation with "Ant-Man," and where Gunn (and the 'Guardians') fit into the larger cinematic puzzle.

Watch: Prison Break Plotted In Clip From 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Plus James Gunn Explains Why The Movie Is An Underdog

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2014 11:38 AM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
A sequel has already been announced, an animated series is in the works and if everything goes according to plan, Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" will open huge this weekend. While a film involving obscure "cosmic" characters once seemed risky, Marvel has proven it can pretty much market anything by this point, and now it's not a question whether 'Guardians' will open big, but by how much. And yet, speaking to SuperHeroHype at Comic-Con, director James Gunn explained why he still thinks you should root for his movie.

James Gunn To Write & Direct 'Guardians Of Galaxy 2,' Also Wants To Do 'Thunderbolts'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2014 8:19 AM
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Until this point, all James Gunn would allow about his future with Marvel was that he was under contract for one more movie. But with strong early reviews for "Guardians Of The Galaxy" (here's ours), and a box office opening already predicted to be around $60 million (with some projections putting the take higher), it's now just a formality of Marvel making it official that Gunn will be back to write and direct the sequel. Accordingly, the folks around Gunn are basically confirming he's got the gig.

Benedict Cumberbatch Says Dr. Strange Didn’t Pan Out, James Gunn Talks Potential ‘Avengers’/Guardians’ Crossover

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 24, 2014 6:08 PM
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It’s Marvel’s world and the rest of us are just living in it— at least when it comes to Comic-Con. The superhero studio juggernaut hasn't even presented anything yet (not til Saturday), but they’ve dominated the buzz and conversation down at the marketing tradeshow that is San-Diego Comic-Con. Firstly, they announced a sixth release date last night now that “Amazing Spider-Man 4” is no longer slotted for May 2018 (Marvel scooped up the empty date immediately). Then they’re garnering rave reviews for “Guardians of The Galaxy,” and they’re stealing a lot of thunder with just teaser posters for “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” and “Ant-Man.” Suffice it to say if anyone wants to unseat Marvel as the kings of Comic-Con this year, they’re going to have to start working harder.

Review: Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 24, 2014 4:00 PM
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Now, they’re all over t-shirts and lunchboxes, but back in 2008 when Marvel Studios were kicking off as their own self-producing entity, their characters weren’t all that well known. Captain America was probably the most familiar (along with the Hulk), but Iron Man and Thor and Nick Fury and co. were, while obviously known and loved by comic fans, pretty unrecognizable to general audiences, who knew more immediately iconic characters like Batman, Superman and Spider-Man, far better. Now, the roster of The Avengers are all household names, but with Spidey, X-Men and the Fantastic Four still under the clutches of other studios, and contracts on the original actors running out, Marvel are being forced to turn to some of their more obscure properties.

Kevin Feige Says Marvel May Now Release One Sequel And One New Franchise Each Year, Also Denies 'Planet Hulk'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2014 4:46 PM
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"Here we are now, 14 years since the first Marvel movie I worked on. At that point it had been eight years and for about those eight years people had been asking ‘How much longer gonna last?’ ‘When are people gonna get tired of these movies?' And my answer always was ‘People only get tired if a whole slew of terrible ones come out’. And it was our job to make sure that doesn’t happen," Marvel honco Kevin Feige said last week. "If there are other people out there interested in that not happening as well, I’m all for it!" And while there have been patchy superhero movies (see Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man" for example), for Marvel at least, they've kept the quality level mostly consistent, so why not continue?

Exclusive: James Gunn Says 'Planet Hulk'/'Guardians of the Galaxy' Rumors Are "A Bunch Of Complete Bullsh*t"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 21, 2014 9:05 AM
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Last year, Latino-Review reported that the "Planet Hulk" comic book storyline would soon be stomping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (In the comic book, the Hulk is banished from Earth and winds up on a fearsome world, following a "Conan"-style trajectory from gladiatorial warrior to ruler of the planet.) The rumors were debunked, but late last month, Hitfix teased a potential "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel that would also feature "Planet Hulk"-style story elements (head to that site for the full, potentially spoilery details). Well, we recently spoke to "Guardians of the Galaxy" writer/director James Gunn, and he set the record straight on both counts.

Chris Pratt Says He Turned Down ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy' At First, Auditioned For 'Star Trek' & 'Avatar'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 15, 2014 1:32 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
It’s interesting how a career can evolve so quickly. There’s been fan chatter on the Internet calling for Chris Pratt to play the new Indiana Jones, but things were very different for the actor a few years ago.

'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Features David Bowie, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, The Runaways & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2014 4:59 PM
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Guardians of The Galaxy
“I swear, I've gotten angry with filmmakers like Ridley Scott and George Lucas who can't let go of their old films and want to keep going back and offering up different versions, but I can easily see myself doing that now,” James Gunn wrote on Facebook recently about "Guardians Of The Galaxy." “This is essentially my last week of actually making 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' It's been two years straight and I've starting to become terrified of actually having to STOP.”

James Gunn Confirms Cameo For 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Plus New Empire Covers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2014 9:23 AM
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Guardians of The Galaxy
Do we have to say this? Really? Well, okay: there are spoilers ahead. Seriously, if you don't want to know the cameo appearance in the upcoming "Guardians Of The Galaxy," turn around now, go do something else, just do anything except reading any further.

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