How Marvel Reacted To James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 Pitch

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guardians of the galaxyFrom the get go, Guardians of the Galaxy seemed like Marvel was taking a bit of a chance. After all, the main group of heroes is made up of criminals, murderers, and thugs, and two of the primary characters are a talking raccoon and an anthropomorphic alien tree. But it was a gamble that paid off, and huge, and while the sequel is in the works, that doesn’t mean that writer/director James Gunn is going to sit back and take the easy way out, that’s not his style.

While talking to the Allison Rosen is Your New Best Friend podcast, Gunn discussed his plan for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and his idea for the story apparently worried some of the folks at Marvel, who called his idea “risky.”

One of the biggest questions left hanging at the end of Guardians is the identity of Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) father. That’s something that is going to figure into the next film in a major way, but if you’re a fan of the comics and think you know what’s going on, you don’t. Gunn says:

It’s different than what’s in the comic books. Peter Quill’s father is somebody different in the comics. So then when the movie came out, we got green-lit on the sequel right away. I went in and I sat down with those guys and I’m like, ‘Okay, here’s what I think the sequel should be.’ And they were like, ‘Oh, whoa. That’s risky, but okay.’ Now I’m going to turn over the story in a few short weeks and we’ll find out how well it works.

That’s kind of clever of Gunn to reveal something without really revealing anything at all. Sure, Peter Quill’s father won’t be Jason of Spartax, aka J’son, as it is in the source material, but he leaves the door wide open for it to be just about anyone in the Marvel Universe.

Again, considering the chance they took on the first film, spending $170 million bringing a relatively unknown title to the big screen, you have to wonder what Gunn came up with that is so out there that the Marvel execs consider it a “risk” at this point. We’ll have to wait and see when Guardians of the Galaxy 2 opens on May 5, 2017, but if the sequel is anywhere near as good as the first, it’ll be totally worth the wait.

In the meantime, I’m really curious to see how Ant-Man performs with audiences. So far, Marvel has been able to turn everything into a hit, but eventually along the line they’re going to make a misstep, and for some reason it feels like that could be Ant-Man. I don’t necessarily think it will be bad, but there’s not the same hype and buzz among viewers as for other titles, and you have to wonder if there will be the same level of connection as with their previous offerings. Then again, they can easily fix that by using Avengers: Age of Ultron as a springboard or by connecting Ant-Man to the rest of the MCU (it’ll likely have a lot to do with the upcoming Civil War storyline).


    • Brent McKnight says:

      You’re very right, he’s a big part of the Marvel universe, i’m more curious about how they’re going to integrate him into the movie universe, and how big a role he’ll play, especially since everything we’ve heard indicates that Tony Stark creates Ultron in the movie rather than Pym. Though he could very well be a part of it in Age of Ultron, and I suspect he’ll show up in some capacity.

      I’m mostly curious about how general audiences will respond to Ant-Man. Something about it feels different to me, I can’t exactly pinpoint what. i think it will be good, but I wonder if it will be as massive as Marvel is used to. It just feels like the studio’s focus is elsewhere, on Ultron, on Cap and the Civil War storyline, and the rest, while Ant-Man almost feels forgotten. I’ll probably be eating my words when it turns out to another big hit, but we’ll see.

      • E-Rich says:

        I totally understand the trepidation of making a movie with a minor character as it’s focus, but if it’s done right, Marvel will be raking in more cash. And if they do have one flop, it’s not like their overall strategy isn’t making them more money than most third world nations’ GDP. If nothing else, it will establish at least one more hero to cameo in the rest of the movies.

        My biggest concern is the casting of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man. I do like Paul Rudd as a comedic actor, but dunno how he will play out as an action hero. But then I was concerned when I heard the actor chosen to play Tony Stark was the guy I remember dumping a Slurpee on Gary and Wyatt’s heads.

      • Christopher Wilson Barrett says:

        Ultron is traditionally a co-produced project between Tony Stark and Hank Pym. He’s normally based on a scan of Hank’s mind, though.

    • Steve Ward says:

      Think the the blog is referring to how he’ll be connected cinematicly this is the first new stand alone character since before the Avengers. Also I’m sure Stark invents Ultron in the MCU.

  1. Nessy76 says:

    “So far, Marvel has been able to turn everything into a hit, but
    eventually along the line they’re going to make a misstep, and for some
    reason it feels like that could be Ant-Man.”
    Yeah, yeah. You said the same thing about GOTG. I suppose if you say it about every new Marvel movie, you’ll be right sooner or later. I’d prefer to wait and see, myself.

  2. Seige says:

    James Gunn to bring us the Gaurdians 3000. Or Adam Warlock Cameo since his Caccoon was in the Collector’s Museum. Both risky, both awesome.