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James Gunn Reveals Joss Whedon’s Contributions To Guardians Of The Galaxy

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JossBeginning with Jon Favreau on Iron Man, Marvel has made some really smart choices about who they hire to helm their Cinematic Universe superhero movies. Joe Johnston was pretty much born to direct the first Captain America movie. Shane Black helped make Iron Man 3 a worldwide mega-hit, raking in $1.2 billion. And Joss Whedon did the once-thought-impossible and actually delivered the Avengers movie fans had been dreaming about for decades. Now James Gunn and the Guardians of the Galaxy are poised to rocket into theaters, and Gunn has revealed that Whedon himself went to bat to help the Slither director land the job. But that apparently wasn’t Whedon’s only contribution to Guardians.

Gunn apparently first met with Marvel reps in July 2011, where they showed off concept art and pitched him on the project. Gunn wasn’t initially sold on the idea of directing Guardians, but can you blame him? When it was first announced it felt like anything but a sure thing, since it involves an obscure Marvel property and, as far as we know, no appearances by any of the more familiar Marvel characters to serve as an entry point for audiences. But the more Gunn thought about it, the more he began to imagine what his Guardians movie would look like, and the more he wanted the job. So he eventually emailed his friend Joss to ask for help. Gunn told our sister site CinemaBlend, “I wrote him an e-mail and said, ‘Hey, you know I’m trying to get this job. Can you help me?’ And he said, ‘You’re f***ing late. I already talked to all of them guys about you.’”

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Guardians Of The Galaxy TV Spot Introduces You To Ronan The Accuser

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Yesterday, Marvel’s upcoming interstellar adventure Guardians of the Galaxy released a badass new extended trailer. And for those of you lucky enough to be in attendance, they also showed off an epic 17-minutes worth of footage from the film in theaters—it was apparently quite a good time and just made everyone even more excited to see the movie. For most mere-mortal movies, that would be more than enough for a week, let alone a two-day span, but they weren’t done, oh no. Now they’ve dropped a brand new TV spot for your enjoyment. At this point it just feels a little bit like they’re bragging.

It’s impressive, given the sheer promotional output that the studio has unleashed for this film, that none of the teasers, trailers, or TV ads feel overly similar. Sure, some of the posters have gotten a bit samey, but there’s only so many ways that you can arrange five people. But this commercial takes a different approach than the others that have come before.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: Eight Things We Learned From The 17-Minute Preview

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GuardiansMainAudiences got their first extended look at Guardians of the Galaxy tonight at special screenings that previewed 17 minutes of footage from Marvel’s upcoming space opera at locations across the country. Naturally, GFR beamed an ambassador into the screenings to get the skinny. We’ll go into spoiler territory after the jump below, but the footage was all from early in the film, so you can read ahead without ruining any major surprises. If you do want to remain pristine and totally unspoiled, however, we’ll just give you the good news: what we saw looks outstanding. It’s fast-paced, it’s funny, the cast is stellar, and the world director James Gunn and his collaborators have created is vivid and exciting enough that I can’t wait to see more. Early comparisons have been tossed around to The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and while I’m not ready to say Guardians will be as good as those two, I do feel comfortable guaranteeing Guardians will be one of the best movies of the summer from a pure entertainment standpoint. You can check out the new trailer they released tonight right here, featuring tons of new footage.

SPOILERS BELOW!

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Extended Trailer Delivers Villains And Michael Rooker

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If you were a part of the lucky crowd who got a chance to watch the 17-minute preview of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy tonight, then I bid you a fond congratulations. (You can read David’s report on the footage right here.) I can’t imagine watching that much footage without actually sitting down for the entire feature, but apparently Marvel has no problems tempting fans’ appetites that way. Instead, I engorged myself on the extended trailer that was released, which features almost as much new footage as the film’s very first preview did. This movie is going to be amazing!

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See Rocket Raccoon Without The CGI In New Guardians Of the Galaxy Pics

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Guardians of the GalaxyMarvel’s latest attempt to rule the cinematic world, Guardians of the Galaxy, is set to open less than a month from today and the comic book giant is taking great pains to introduce a wider audience to one of their lesser known titles. Their latest offering is a new collection of stills from the deep space adventure, including a new behind the scenes look.

The story revolves around a mismatched gang of cosmic outlaws made up of the smart ass leader Star-Lord, AKA Peter Jason Quill (Chris Pratt); green-tinged assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana); a hulking blue madman aptly named Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista); an anthropomorphic raccoon, Rocket (Bradley Cooper), with a penchant for heavy arms and grand theft; and an eight-foot-tall, shape-shifting, alien tree, Groot (Vin Diesel), with an extremely limited vocabulary. Together they have to figure out a way to save the 12-billion residents of the galaxy from Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and the Kree Empire. We may be screwed.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy/Mass Effect Trailer Mash-Up Is The Best Yet

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The Guardians of the Galaxy trailers have been a blast pretty much from the moment director James Gunn premiered the first footage at Comic-Con a few years ago, accompanied by the rousing strains of Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling.” Recently YouTuber The Unusual Suspect delivered a particularly fun mash-up, combining the structure and soundtrack from one of Guardians’ latest trailers with footage from George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy — this time with Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” providing the tunes. Now somebody has riffed on that riff and given us a hybrid of Guardians of the Galaxy and the Mass Effect video game series…and it’s kind of perfect.