James Gunn On GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Easter Eggs, 'Religious Bent' Ronan, And More

While still insinuating that we'll eventually see Star-Lord and Iron Man cross paths, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn reveal details about Ronan the Accuser, easter eggs, and much more.

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 5/16/2014


There are a number of set visit reports about to float in for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, but Digital Spy has revealed their chat with writer/director James Gunn. Though the interview was conducted some months ago, even before Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper were cast as Groot and Rocket Raccoon respectively, Gunn does offer more insight to the Marvel space epic's main villain, Ronan the Accuser, and much more. First, he was asked what made Chris Pratt the right actor for Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord. In his response, Gunn indicates (again) that we'll eventually see the Guardians cross paths with The Avengers; namely Tony Stark aka Iron Man. "I was really looking for somebody who was like Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man, somebody who could come along and inhabit this character and add something to what was already there," he admitted. "I didn't want to see Chris because I didn't think he was right for the role – I knew him a little bit from Moneyball and I knew him as the chunky guy in Parks and Rec. it seemed ridiculous to see Chris Pratt. But finally I agreed to see him and he came in, and he was at probably his chunkiest because he had just gained a lot of weight for this Vince Vaughn movie, but he read and about 20 seconds into it I knew he was the guy." He continued, "When you're a writer, you always look for someone who can take what you do and make it better than you imagine. Most people are always doing sort of more vanilla versions of what you wrote. Everybody else [who auditioned] I thought would kind of get run over by Robert Downey Jr if they were ever in a movie together, and I think that Chris could completely hold his own and kick his ass. He is charming, but at the same time he is a guy who bumbles a lot and somehow through that bumbling ends up in a graceful position, and he constantly does that throughout the movie."
 
When asked how the dynamic between three villains--Ronan, Nebula, and Korath--works out, James Gunn expained: "The primary antagonist is Ronan, so everybody else he works for or works for him. He is the primary villain, and he is a really twisted guy, he has a really religious bent in this film. He has a very sick and twisted view of what morality is; strength is virtue and weakness is sin and that is what he lives by, and I think he is very scary because of his beliefs, which are real to him." Asked how much backstory will we see for the main Guardians of the Galaxy characters, the director replied: "You know a bit about where Drax came from, you see where Gamora came from to some degree and you hear about Rocket, but the only one you really see the origin for is Quill." What about Marvel easter eggs? "It depends on how you define easter egg, but the amount of characters from the Marvel universe that we have in this movie, down to very, very minor characters, is enormous," continued James Gunn. "We have way more characters in this movie than any other Marvel movie, and way more Marvel characters, so it is a lot of stuff. For me being an actual Marvel geek, it has been great."

 
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand - with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is presented by Marvel Studios and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gilian, Djimon Hounsou with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Commander Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film opens August 1, 2014.
 

Source: Digital Spy
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rockerdude22 - 5/16/2014, 6:50 AM
Can't wait!!!!
Klone - 5/16/2014, 6:50 AM
Sounds more and more like Ronan is simply going to be an evil, 1-Dimensional [frick] that has a raging hard on for Thanos.

Disappointed.
kinghulk - 5/16/2014, 6:52 AM
i must have a trailer now.
SuperCat - 5/16/2014, 6:54 AM
Iron Man and Star-Lord on the same screen?

TheMexicanSuperman - 5/16/2014, 6:56 AM
@MetahumanAbominationKlone, not all one dimensional are bad, just look at TDK's Joker.
TheMexicanSuperman - 5/16/2014, 6:56 AM
*villains
McNyagano - 5/16/2014, 6:57 AM
Just got word when screenings for this flick are officially starting. hehe;)
ezio619 - 5/16/2014, 6:58 AM
Mak-that description doesnt mean he is one dimensional, he has a guy who believes in what he is doing and he believes he is right, he has some depth, he has not just evil to be evil and plus they were character descriptions released and they said ronan has striked an agreement with him: thanos will help him kill the ancient enemies of the kree which are the xandarians and in exchange ronan will help thanos find the orb
DefcoN - 5/16/2014, 7:02 AM
I want that second trailer so badly!
ProfessorX - 5/16/2014, 7:09 AM
"Sounds more and more like Ronan is simply going to be an evil, 1-Dimensional [frick] that has a raging hard on for Thanos."

Say what? Gunn's description makes him seem anything but 1-dimensional. :/
CoulsonLives - 5/16/2014, 7:09 AM
Hey guys, I got back from watching...




WAIT FOR IT











GOJIRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!
ezio619 - 5/16/2014, 7:19 AM
coulson-how was it?
StarYeezus - 5/16/2014, 7:23 AM
MAK

Did you read the description? This isn't emo Malekith we're talking about whose only goal was a dark universe. Ronan seems more akin to a space Judge Dredd with strong, convicted loyalty to his race.
Marvel1997 - 5/16/2014, 7:26 AM
Someone should have asked him when te next damn trailer is gonna drop. Sorry but I'm beginning to run out of patience lool
Marvel1997 - 5/16/2014, 7:26 AM
@McNya- When? ;)
AstonishingArachnid - 5/16/2014, 7:28 AM
@MAK If that description makes you think that Ronan is a one dimensional villain then Ras al Ghul, Bane, Zod, Ozymandias, Loki and Magneto are all one dimensional villains.
ezio619 - 5/16/2014, 7:29 AM
i just hope how ronan is described comes across in the film,i was looking forward to malekith and his backstory about losing his family and almost all of his people to the asgardians,it was a nice parallel to din losing his wife to him but that was cut from the film and i was really dissapointed in that,i hope ronans character comes across in the film
DefcoN - 5/16/2014, 7:29 AM
I believe the trailer will hit the first days of June, after the X-men frenzy cools down.
ezio619 - 5/16/2014, 7:32 AM
marvel-well they couldnt ask him that because the set visits are coming out today and this was conducted 6or 8 months ago on set
Marvel1997 - 5/16/2014, 7:38 AM
@ezio- oh looli'm thinking that this has happened recently. The anticipation is seriously taking over
AlexanderLykins - 5/16/2014, 7:43 AM
I need that trailer.
ezio619 - 5/16/2014, 7:47 AM
i truly hope this films is a massive hit and a really good film that deserves to be a massive hit
AlexanderLykins - 5/16/2014, 7:49 AM
We already have two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Boxtrolls trailers. Both movies come out after Guardians of the Galaxy. The ideal time to release the new trailer is with X-Men: Days of Future past.
SageMode - 5/16/2014, 7:52 AM
Whens the 2nd trailer coming out?
ezio619 - 5/16/2014, 7:52 AM
but still...cut the crap GUNN and give us the second trailer already!!!
Marvel1997 - 5/16/2014, 7:55 AM
@Alexander- There had better be se confirmation this weekend or sometime next week. Do you remember how far classificaton occurred for the 1st trailer before actually being released? Wasn't it like a week? :/
Marvel1997 - 5/16/2014, 7:57 AM
Some kind of confirmation*****
TelaVizion - 5/16/2014, 8:03 AM
Probably won't see it in this, but I would love to see Peter go back and forth with J'Son (dad). That father/son clash would be great to have in a movie. Maybe the sequel introduce the Spartax Planet.
AlexanderLykins - 5/16/2014, 8:07 AM
@Marvel1997
No clue. I'd check but I have to get to work.
ezio619 - 5/16/2014, 8:08 AM
Telavizion-i think Nathan Fillion is playing Star Lords Father
kinghulk - 5/16/2014, 8:09 AM
telavision- i agree i loved that in the more recent comics, when iron man was with them. and J'son was meeting with the galactic council causing trouble.
Ragnaroknroll - 5/16/2014, 8:46 AM
Man I can't way to see this film! I hope Gunn delivers. I love how he's geeking out over this project. I think we're in for a treat.
LeroyJenkins - 5/16/2014, 8:47 AM
That MAK dude is annoying as [frick]. Just looks for something to hate on in every article I see. Go home
sicknimon - 5/16/2014, 8:50 AM
Actually the Kree are based on strength is a virtue and weakness is a sin. The Kree race in itself are very much directed in the way Gunn is seeming to portay them. I'm all about Ronan being the one redemption role of the movie. Hell, if we get Inhumans... Crystal is going to have to marry him at some point right? hehehehehe (dream world)_
sicknimon - 5/16/2014, 8:53 AM
I wonder if we get the Supreme Intelligence... I doubt it, but it'd still be kind of cool. Even just as a reference.
Drogo1507 - 5/16/2014, 9:03 AM
Sooo.. Do we have a date on the second trailer? August is coming quick.
SilverShamrock - 5/16/2014, 9:03 AM
I know many, like myself, have been waiting for this news. The second trailer for GOTG has now been classified, as it appears on the Alberta Film Ratings website. The run-time of the second trailer is 2:25.

Finally, we will get to see some new footage !!!
InfiniteMonkey - 5/16/2014, 9:09 AM
HAAAA! Can't wait!

Also can't wait for the new trailer.
SilverShamrock - 5/16/2014, 9:12 AM
Here's the link if you want to see the listed item referencing that trailer. If the first trailer's classification and premiere timeline is any indication, it would seem that we'll be seeing Trailer #2 within the next week. Can't wait to see some actual interaction between the Guardian team members, as well as the best look yet at Ronan.

http://www.albertafilmratings.ca/recentclasstrailers.aspx
Prophet11 - 5/16/2014, 9:15 AM
GUYS NEW TRAILER May 19th at 10AM PT!
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