Writing Thanos Into GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Was A Challenge For James Gunn

Writing Thanos Into GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Was A Challenge For James Gunn

Writing Thanos Into GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Was A Challenge For James Gunn

James Gunn ("Super") not only directed Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, but he also co-wrote the screenplay. While chatting with Vulture he reveals that the Thanos sequence was the most difficult scene he wrote in the film. Come find out why.

Like Joss Whedon ("Avengers: Age of Ultron"), James Gunn is multi-talented, he can write and direct a film. When he was rewriting Nicole Perlman's Guardians of the Galaxy script he encountered many challenges. Gunn tells Vulture, writing the character introductions were incredibly challenging, and required many rewrites to satisfy his own expectations. Though, Gunn admits that one scene in particular was the most difficult of them all and that was when Ronan (Lee Pace) is summoned to Sanctuary, Thanos' (voiced by Josh Brolin) base of operations.

There’s pressure with Thanos because you’re setting up this gigantic character that, in one way, isn’t really a part of your movie. His presence doesn’t really serve being in Guardians, and having Thanos be in that scene was more helpful to the Marvel universe than it was to Guardians of the Galaxy. I always wanted to have Thanos in there, but from a structural standpoint, you don’t need him. So that’s part of it, and then part of it is the fact that you’re setting up this incredibly powerful character, but you don’t want to belittle the actual antagonist of the film, which is Ronan. You don’t want him to seem like a big wussy. So how do you make that work? And that’s why Ronan kills T=the Other. I thought that was interesting, because we’ve had the Other, who’s obviously very powerful even in comparison to Loki, and then we see Ronan wipe his ass with him.

I don't know about you guys and gals but that scene certainly caught me by surprise. Marvel movies tend to play it safe so when Ronan uses his Universal Weapon to snap the neck of The Other (Alexis Denisof) my eyes burst wide open in shock. Gunn says he had a diffult time getting the tone right for that particular moment, as The Other's death initially came off as funny. He was able to expel the unintended humor, and was pleased with the final result.

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From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, 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 Quill 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,” stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Commander Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector. James Gunn is the director and the story is by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn, with screenplay by James Gunn.
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