James Gunn On Whether GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Would Have Been Made If Marvel Owned X-MEN At The Time
The Guardians of the Galaxy films have earned a combined $1.5 billion at the box office, but it's possible they might never have existed if Disney had owned the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four...
In hindsight, it was a brilliant decision on Disney's part, but would the company have greenlit a Guardians movie if it had owned the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four? With Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox's assets - and those franchises now at home with Marvel - Guardians director James Gunn was asked if he thought he would've had the same opportunity if Disney had access to those franchises back then. His answer might surprise you.
It’s a hard question. Kevin Feige was into the idea of Guardians because of his deep love of Star Wars and space operas. But the Marvel Studios schedule might have been too glutted with content/movies and it would have never been made. https://t.co/UHeQLbT7Zy— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 11, 2018
It's great to see that Gunn is so open on the subject, and it makes you wonder about some of the other movies focused on Marvel's lesser known characters such as Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. Obviously, Doctor Strange (and the Guardians) now play a prominent role in the MCU, but it's entirely conceivable that the Marvel universe would look entirely different if the chips had fallen in a slightly different way.
Looking ahead, with the MCU entering its next Phase - one more focused on cosmic adventures - it'll be interesting to see if, or how, Marvel incorporates the X-Men and Fantastic Four.