By this point, James Gunn's name is synonymous with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Marvel fans likely equate him as a member of the team, as much as they would Peter Quill, Gamora or Drax. But Gunn recently admitted that the idea of the Guardians didn't appeal to him. That he actually thought it was bad. But he also explains what lured him over to the side of the Guardians, and we all win. Gunn recently revealed:
That's really funny. And in someone else's hands, the notion of the Guardians of the Galaxy really could have backfired. A different filmmaker might have leaned too heavily into one character over the other. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his Han Solo-type tendencies could have dominated the narrative, or everyone on the team could have taken a back seat to Groot. Instead, what James Gunn did was balance his audience's interest in the formation of a complete team. And while many view Guardians as the funniest franchise in the MCU, Gunn told the gathered crowds at the E3 convention, who were attending his World Building Panel, that it was the underlying sadness in these characters that eventually won him over. He elaborated:
In hindsight, James Gunn's decisions on Guardians of the Galaxy worked. The first movie was a smash hit, and the recent sequel is currently sitting at $834 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. Gunn even recently finished the first pass on his draft of the treatment of Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which he already confirmed that he is going to write.
But it's always interesting to see how these forks in the road could have played out differently if filmmakers like Gunn had made a left turn when we expected them to make a right. If Gunn had decided that the talking raccoon was just too silly, the Guardians might be a different franchise. The MCU might be in a different state, and the budding Marvel Cosmic Universe might never happen. What if? We'll never know.
Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. He's frequently found on Twitter at @Sean_OConnell. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.
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