James Gunn Talks More GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Thanos, Filming And Post-Production

Notably commenting on Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn talks lengthily about many things surrounding the filmmaking process. Check it out after the jump!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 2/24/2014
Revealing that he initially went to Marvel Studios in hope of doing a Hit Monkey movie, James Gunn recently talked all things Guardians of the Galaxy with Kevin Pereira following last week's teaser trailer debut. While a portion of the Pointless Podcast interview was also revealed last week, the full audio has the director discuss more Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel's "I am Groot" delivery, a "beautiful" overhead scene with Peter Quill, the motive of the mad titan Thanos and much more.



"Rocket is a result of countless and cruel, illegal genetic experiments, where he's been turned--from an innocent little creature, where he has an IQ of three, and he becomes this thing that's completely alone; this gnarled little beast," said Gunn of the gun-toting raccoon, voiced by actor Bradley Cooper. He's pretty sad." Speaking on Groot, "All of the 'I am Groots' that were earlier voices didn't sound very good at all, they sounded like sh#t. It just didn't work. Then Vin Diesel came in and, in one day, lied down all these 'I am Groot' tracks, and he's a perfectionist. He made me explain to him exactly what (Groot) was saying (before each delivery)" Gunn also said that both Diesel and Bradley Cooper were videotaped for reference while doing voice work.

Though filming is his least favorite part of making a movie, James Gunn said that his experience on Guardians of the Galaxy was much better than with his first two movies, Slither and Super.
"There's one shot that I'm thinking of; the characters are imprisoned early on in the movie and there's this overhead shot of Peter Quill and he's sleeping on the floor in what we call the Locked Up Abroad shot. It's Quill surrounded on the floor with all these different aliens, disgusting, they're all sleeping, packed together like sardines. It was just a really beautiful shot and we have it overhead completely with the camera slightly revolving as he's sitting there wide awake and all these gross aliens are asleep around him. I was able to take time and compose the shot in the same way you would design a painting, and changing little guys. It wasn't like it took an extraordinary time to do it, but we took some time at doing and that was something that I'd had really never been able to do in my entire career," enthused Gunn.

When pressed about the Infinity Gauntlet and Thanos, whose "employees" are main villains of Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn said: "Here's the thing, truthfully the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes out of both the 616 and Ultimate Marvel Comics universe, and then they recreate some elements themselves. What Thanos wants in the comics is not necessarily what Thanos wants in the movies; we don't know yet." Also during the hour-long interview, Gunn also said there are no Skrulls, but there's some additional filming in the cards. What do you think?



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.
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Pasto - 2/24/2014, 5:22 AM
Dammit Jim!
Pasto - 2/24/2014, 5:25 AM
Hit Monkey fan-cast, coming soon!
Pasto - 2/24/2014, 5:27 AM
So Thanos does NOT want to tap Death?
MexicanChinman - 2/24/2014, 5:27 AM
"The ways in which Vin Diesel says, "I Am Groot", I am utterly astounded." He went on to reveal that Vin Diesel would ask him to interpret what Groot was saying in each scene before Diesel would record his lines."

That sounds like bs because Vin Diesel can't pull off emotion.
RichardBoldly - 2/24/2014, 5:29 AM
The Thanos tip got me intrigued now........
TelaVizion - 2/24/2014, 5:31 AM
Vin always show emotion
RichardBoldly - 2/24/2014, 5:31 AM
I got the best gifs from here.

Wanna know where the hell you guys find this shits.
TelaVizion - 2/24/2014, 5:31 AM
Rocket looks creepy as hell in that gif Bravado
MexicanChinman - 2/24/2014, 5:32 AM
@Pasto, would you want to see Thanos getting freaky with a skeleton? I don't.
It's not like Marvel Studios stays faithful to source material like their fanboys claim.

Rocket Raccoon will own all.
Pasto - 2/24/2014, 5:32 AM
MS
LMAO! Also, the abbreviation of your name sounds like a disability.
MexicanChinman - 2/24/2014, 5:34 AM
@ TelaVizion, how so?
MexicanChinman - 2/24/2014, 5:36 AM
@Pasto, haha I never noticed.
ezio619 - 2/24/2014, 5:37 AM
MEXICANSUPERMAN-Iron Giant, he has to do dfferent inflections in his voice to that and he does it well
batz11 - 2/24/2014, 5:45 AM
Still think he'll voice/play Thanos too...
ezio619 - 2/24/2014, 5:45 AM
so that wasnt Glenn Close in the pictures so she maybe is human looking in the film
SuperCat - 2/24/2014, 5:46 AM


marvel72 - 2/24/2014, 5:51 AM
got to be about death,thanos is gonna own the screen when we finally see him kicking ass.
SuperCat - 2/24/2014, 5:52 AM
MexicanChinman - 2/24/2014, 5:56 AM
@ezio619, I like Iron Giant but all the emotion in that movie came from the facial expressions of the Iron Giant and not voice, then again it's has been a while since I seen the movie. You can't judge someone's acting skills based on movies they did 10 or more years ago, because their skills can increase or decrease over time.
MexicanChinman - 2/24/2014, 5:57 AM
* not the voice
MexicanChinman - 2/24/2014, 5:59 AM
@marvel72, I'm not familiar with Thanos' power. Is it like Superman's powers or what?
Klone - 2/24/2014, 6:03 AM
I always lol at Gunn's ridiculous over exaggerations.
ProfessorX - 2/24/2014, 6:04 AM
"Thanos is a mutant member of the race of superhumans known as the Titanian Eternals. The character possesses abilities common to the Eternals, but amplified to a higher degree through a combination of his mutant Eternal heritage, bionic amplification, mysticism, and the entity Death. Demonstrating enormous superhuman strength, stamina, and durability, Thanos can absorb and project vast quantities of cosmic energy and is capable of telekinesis, telepathy and matter manipulation. Thanos is an accomplished hand-to-hand combatant, having been trained in the art of war on Titan.

Thanos is a genius in virtually all known fields of advanced science and has created technology far exceeding contemporary Earth science. He often employs a transportation chair capable of space flight, force field projection, teleportation, time travel and movement through alternate universes. Thanos is also a master strategist and uses a space vessel called Sanctuary II as a base of operations."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanos
ezio619 - 2/24/2014, 6:05 AM
i think gunn is just reallllly passionate about his films which is great,hopefully he can pull off guardians of the galaxy
MexicanChinman - 2/24/2014, 6:09 AM
@ Mercwitham0uth and BlackKnight42, dang he is a beast.
TheUltimateSuperman92 - 2/24/2014, 6:15 AM
still not excited for this movie....maybe because I don't like the director..emo
marvel72 - 2/24/2014, 6:19 AM
@ MexicanSuperman

try & pick up the trade paperback of thanos rising,its amazing origin story.

the infinity gauntlet & the thanos imperative are must reads as well.
Pasto - 2/24/2014, 6:20 AM
TUS92
Uh.....emo? Do you mean 'imo'?
CoulsonLives - 2/24/2014, 6:25 AM
So will Howard the Duck be in this or what? XD
MrCBM56 - 2/24/2014, 6:27 AM
I can't wait for this. Every bit of news just sounds great.
Rulk - 2/24/2014, 6:29 AM

ezio619 - 2/24/2014, 6:29 AM
MRCBM-yeah man,its like cap for me,verything i see and hear sounds great though i am more excited yet also concerned for this in that i hope gunn can pull it off
Tainted87 - 2/24/2014, 6:41 AM
Please don't make Thanos in love with an actual character called 'Death'.
And don't try to make it some schizophrenic person he's always trying to impress.
TheRationalNerd - 2/24/2014, 6:42 AM
The Iron Giant is personally one of my favorite childhood films! I remember crying watching the jolly giant saying "S-U-P-E-R-M-A-N" before well, you know... :,)
CaptainComicBook - 2/24/2014, 6:45 AM
I really hope they take time to explain Rocket's origin in the promo's and trailers so that the general audience understands that he's a genetic experiment and not just a talking raccoon. I think that's an important distinction.
Starfox - 2/24/2014, 6:52 AM


Kyos - 2/24/2014, 6:53 AM
The "Superman" moment in The Iron Giant was sooo good! I watched the movie for the first time last year, and I really liked. Vin did a good job, and I believe he'll be doing a good job in GOTG as well.
thewolfx - 2/24/2014, 6:58 AM
I want skrulls :(
TheOneAboveAll - 2/24/2014, 6:59 AM
BULLSHIT that Vin Diesel can't pull off emotion with his voice!

You stay, I go!
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AvengersRock - 2/24/2014, 7:00 AM
This movie is going to be so awesome. It's weird that we don't know who is playing Thanos yet. I think they've got a big surprise waiting for us. Maybe it's Vin Diesel. We'll have to wait and see. I hope they can keep that a surprise until the movie - it will be terrific to find out who it will be.
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