Joss Whedon Helped James Gunn Cast Thanos In Guardians Of The Galaxy

As of this week Guardians Of The Galaxy is officially in its final, finished form. James Gunn announced it himself to the world, just as he launched off onto his first gig on the film's press tour in Singapore. With 17 minutes of the film already having been screened for those who attended this past Monday's first look event, the layers of secrecy are starting to come off of the latest Marvel Studios project. Starting with the admission, in the above clip, that Joss Whedon helped Gunn with a significant bit of Marvel casting.

Comic Book Movie shared three short videos of the South Korean press conference, which featured Gunn as well as actress Zoe Saldana and actor Dave Bautista, both of whom (respectively) play Gamora and Drax the Destroyer in Guardians Of The Galaxy. Gunn mentioned how he and Joss Whedon both approved of the casting of Josh Brolin as Thanos, as the character has been confirmed to be featured both in Guardians Of The Galaxy and a future Avengers film. Makes sense, as Whedon holds several of Marvel's cards, and is guiding what will eventually inform Phase Three.

Give Gunn a listen:

Next up at the conference was Zoe Saldana, who was basically James Gunn's only choice for Gamora – a remark that both flattered and terrified the actress.

Through James Gunn's remarks, we've also learned that not only is he pretty proud of his work on the film, but he's also absolutely pleased to have made what's basically a "hub movie" like The Avengers that connects an entire portion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

I'm very fortunate in creating the first leg of the Marvel Cosmic brand of comics. So our hope would be that we can create many more movies that are in the Marvel Cosmic universe.

Last, but not least, was the clip where Dave Bautista talks about the day he was cast as Drax The Destroyer in Guardians Of The Galaxy. If you were ever wondering how to make Mr. Bautista cry, the answer is to simply cast him in his dream role and tell him on the way to the gym.

The Guardians Of The Galaxy press machine is underway, and it's only going to get louder and faster until the film's August 1st release date lands safe and sound. Until then, it looks like it's time to anticipate what Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Chris Pratt will have to say at later junkets. If their remarks are as heartfelt and as amusing as the ones we've seen today, it's only a further indication that this flick is going to blow the doors off of movie houses when it lands.

Mike Reyes
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