When Marvel announced Guardians of the Galaxy to their cinematic universe, the news turned heads. I’m talking cute puppy head cocks. Here you got a futuristic team of superheroes protecting the galaxy from danger. Superheroes that include a green warrior (not the hulk), an alien tree monster, and a genetically engineered Raccoon. Honestly, how ridiculous does that sound? A heroic Racoon? Oh, come on!
Although, come to think of it. I guess it’s no more ridiculous than a green warrior (Hulk), an Asgardian god, a man of metal and an 80 year old virgin teaming up to save earth from an alien invasion. We all know how well that turned out, don’t we?
Anyway, MTV caught up with Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon at TIFF. He was asked about GOTG and how director James Gunn may fair at it. He admits he was skeptical that the film could work himself, but in Gunn he trusts:
“I myself was sort of like, ‘Well, I liked Rocket Raccoon as a kid, but I’m not sure how that plays [to a wider audience].’ And then they said, ‘Well, we’re thinking about using James Gunn.’ And I said, ‘Oh, then no, you’re fine.’ He is so off the wall, and so crazy, but so smart, such a craftsman and he builds from his heart. He loves the raccoon. Needs the raccoon,”
He added that Gunn has barely begun the script, but what he has so far is truly twisted:
“He has a very twisted take on it, but it all comes from a real love for the material. It’s going to be hard for the humans to keep up. I know he’s going to come from left field and I’m going to go, ‘What?’ And then, ‘Of course, why didn’t I think of that?’ And then I’m going to beat him!”
So, wait… does that mean Gunn is writing the script as well? Well, that’s news. Last I checked, he was only on the short list. So, good for him, I guess.
Personally, while I’ve loved Gunn’s work on Super and and Slither, I don’t have the best confidence in him for GOTG. It just seems too big for him. Then again, I said the same thing about Joss Whedon. Marvel has a good track record of surprising me, so I’ll keep my judgments at a minimum.
The team will consist of Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon and Gamora. Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters August 1, 2014.