This week, the talk of the movie world is a dark one, Thor: The Dark World that is. But on the occasion of the release of this latest Marvel Studios film, some look even further ahead to the release of another superhero flick, the space-bound Guardians of the Galaxy. The two franchises came together on the red carpet this week as Guardians director James Gunn talked about his film on his way to the premiere of Thor.
Gunn spoke briefly on a couple of subjects to Crave Online. First, what’s the deal with Thanos? We know that the Mad Titan will play some sort of part in the film following his brief appearance in The Avengers, and Gunn confirmed it on the red carpet. “Thanos is a character in our movie,” he said before referencing Lee Pace as the film’s real big bad. “In my movie, Ronan works for Thanos, and Ronan is the main bad guy in our film.”
The director went on to talk about the effects demands of the film, and he sounded very enthusiastic about what has been developed for the film so far, a combination of both practical and computer generated effects that Gunn thinks will surely please fans. “We have a prison that is 350,000 pounds of steel,” he explained. “Our sets are enormous. Anybody who knows me knows I love the mix of practical and CGI effects… I can’t wait for people to see it, because it’s astonishingly beautiful.”
And finally, Gunn confirmed that he did, in fact, direct one of the tags included at the end of Thor: The Dark World, saying that it all came together rather quickly. “Yeah, I did [direct that],” he said. “I had talked to Kevin [Feige] about it, and we had decided on the basics of what was going to happen… It was really quick, and it was late that we decided to put it in [Thor 2] — I mean really late. It wasn’t that long ago when we shot it.”
Guardians of the Galaxy is out in theaters on August 1, Thor: The Dark World comes out in North America Friday.