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Guardians of the Galaxy

In the distant world of about 36 months ago, when the world was still marginally more sane and not on fire all the time, “Guardians Of The Galaxy” was not a franchise whose second entry was about to make an enormous amount of money. It was a Marvel gamble that was known, almost exclusively, among the general public as ‘oh, the raccoon and tree movie?’ But part of the brilliance of Gunn’s original was the way that he took the two strangest character in Marvel history — murderous space-rodent Rocket and upbeat plant-creature Groot — and made them highlights of the movie. Continue reading Vin Diesel Says That James Gunn Wants A ‘Rocket & Groot’ Spin-Off at The Playlist.

How many times have you read that it’s really hard to duplicate the success of the first film in a sequel? Probably more than you can remember. Well, here’s a newsflash: “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” pulls that feat off with only a little strain and a belly of genuine emotion. Marvel Studios’ space faring superhero-team-that-isn’t-really-a-superhero-team came together in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” James Gunn, along with a screenplay assist from Nicole Sperling, wonderfully demonstrated how a band of characters that were barely known beyond hardcore comic book fans could transform into a band of charismatic and colorful characters that felt strikingly original. Continue reading ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Is A Worthy, Surprisingly Emotional Follow-Up To A Superhero Classic [Review] at The Playlist.

WEST HOLLYWOOD – Sitting down with James Gunn it’s clear the writer and director of “Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2” is battling to keep his energy up as he endures a day full of interviews and press conferences for his latest blockbuster.  He is also no doubt coming off the high of the film’s world premiere that took place less than 24 hours earlier.  A premiere where a good chunk of Hollywood learned that “Vol. Continue reading ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’s’ James Gunn Thinks Tom Holland Is ‘Amazing’ As Spider-Man [Interview] at The Playlist.

If you liked the trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok,” odds are you have James Gunn to thank. The director’s idiosyncratic vision for the Marvel universe helped nudge the studio into new and more interesting directions, with oddball humor and over-the-top imagery sliding in nicely alongside the franchise’s action sequences and slick production. And fans who worried that Gunn had not officially committed to a third ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ movie can rest easy: the director announced via Facebook this afternoon, in his typically humorous and insightful manner, that he had closed the deal to join our lovable space a-holes for one more journey. Continue reading James Gunn Announces He’s Returning For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’ at The Playlist.

When James Mangold decided to make “Logan,” he knew that this would be a superhero film unlike any other before it. “Logan” was always going to be the final Wolverine film, and with that in mind, the story didn’t have to set up any future films or fall into any fixed continuity. According to Mangold, films that are beholden to continuity and setting up future films (i.e. every film from Marvel Studios) are glorified “two-hour trailers,” and the director has zero interest in making a film like that. Continue reading ‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Talks Franchise Fatigue & The Problem With Blockbusters at The Playlist.