James Gunn: The Future of The Guardians of The Galaxy

James Gunn: The Future of The Guardians of The Galaxy

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Suit up and strap in because the Guardians of The Galaxy aren’t done with the silver screen just yet.

The MCU is an ever-growing universe with dozens of stories and characters, and among them are the rag-tag underdogs known as The Guardians of The Galaxy. They’ve become one of the most successful trilogies for Marvel, and they haven’t even filmed their third installment yet.

Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t in high demand, yet after release, audiences realized it was the movie they had been waiting for all along. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 followed hot on its heels, fleshing out the characters and universe. The film was a huge success and continued the saga of the Guardians, also setting up several stories for the future.

While the Guardians next big appearance is 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, director James Gunn took a moment and sat down with Collider to discuss the third installment of the story. “It’s been pretty easy. The truth is, the first movie is the first act, the second movie is the second act, and the third movie is the third act, so I’m tying a lot of stuff together in the third film. We get a lot of answers on a lot of different things, so doing that in an elegant way takes a little bit of grace and elegance. It’s more challenging in that respect, writing the third movie than the second movie.”

Gunn, who wrote both Guardians Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and will pen Vol. 3, went on to explain his writing process and approach to the stories. “I do an incredibly in-depth treatment for every movie. I think of writing a screenplay as creating the body of a human being and you’ve got to start with the skeleton, start with the bones, and you create the bones. You take a lot of time because that’s the actual base of the movie and if you screw that part up, later on down the line, you’re going to have a lot of mistakes. So by creating a really strong foundation for the story, that’s the most important thing. So I write a good treatment that’s probably about 70 pages long. It includes photographs and things like that. So that has been the way I’ve dealt with every movie and this one as well.”

While the Guardians films are the most disconnected from the rest of the MCU and its heroes such as The Avengers, who they will meet for the first time next year, they’re still as beloved and held to the esteem of Iron Man and Captain America. Following the interview, Gunn tweeted that Marvel would be announcing big news this coming Saturday, August 5th.


Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives on Digital HD and 4K Ultra HD August 8th, and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on August 22nd.



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Zac Pinto Lobo is a features writer at GeekFeed. He has written for Feminist Culture, and has worked as an editor for numerous publications.
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