Guardians Of The Galaxy was the title on everyone's lips this weekend, as Marvel and James Gunn have scored themselves an easy home run for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More importantly though is the fact that Gunn's story is similar to Joss Whedon's story back in 2012, when The Avengers became the super hit that we all know and (most of us) love to this day. A director once on the fringe of geek and indie culture was given the keys to a Marvel property and if the response is anything to go by, this is another one out of the park for Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios.
This past Friday, E! Online ran a Twitter Q&A to celebrate the opening of Guardians Of The Galaxy, and they solicited fan questions from all over the internet, asking about everything from how he's responded to the outpouring of fan love to how he chose the music for the film. The result was a very open and honest celebration of James Gunn's rise to the toast of the nerd kingdom. Short of pouring over the entire session (which you should totally do), you can always read the five facts we thought were the most interesting here!
The Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Was Very Carefully ChosenGuardians Of The Galaxy has a bit of a retro vibe to its futuristic nature, courtesy of the fact that Peter Quill/Star-Lord left Earth during his childhood. So naturally, he loves a certain era of popular music that left audiences "hooked on a feelin'" after the film started to advertise itself. Of course, that's not the only classic cut on the Awesome Mix Vol. 1, with hits from David Bowie, The Runaways, and even The Raspberries all making an appearance on the playlist of the stars.
So how DID James Gunn put together an album that sounds like an accurate representation of someone who grew up in the 70's/80's, while avoiding the pitfall of sounding like a Time Life compilation CD?
"Made a list of 500 70's hits, whittled it to 120 & chose from that. I wrote all songs except 1 into the script."
The fact that Gunn went through such a process to choose the film's music isn't a surprise, considering how much he's paid attention to other details like the 3D and even the IMAX conversions of the film. What's surprising is that there were THAT MANY songs that he had to go through to begin with. If there were 120 that made the semi-final cut, does this mean we'll get an Awesome Mix Vol. 3 for Guardians Of The Galaxy 2? (By the way, there's your teaser poster for the sequel.) That lone song not written into the script was none other than Norman Greenbaum's Spirit In The Sky, which wasn't a total loss as it was used in the second full trailer for the film. As much time as Gunn spent on the soundtrack, there's one other aspect the director seemed even more fixated on...