Marvel Movie Interview Roundup: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Ant-Man’

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Whether at your local theater (now showing Thor: The Dark World in 2D and 3D) or in the comfort of your home (with Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. airing Tuesday evenings), there’s plenty of room for anyone/everyone to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe right now. This sandbox is going to get even bigger over the next two years, with Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man joining Marvel Studios’ movie lineup. Meanwhile, the hard-hitting superhero residents of Hell’s Kitchen – Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage – will each get their own Netflix series, culminating with a teamup on The Defenders mini-series.

With so many aliens, super-powered humans and men/women armed with cutting-edge technology running around in the MCU (to mention nothing of rival studios’ comic book films and networks’ superhero TV series), it’s going to become increasingly difficult for any one property to distinguish itself; especially, given the tendency for overlap in tropes and archetypes in the superhero genre (for example, see the sheer number of costumed warriors with daddy issues).

Today, we’ve rounded up an interview with Ant-Man co-writer/director Edgar Wright (The World’s End) – along with comments made about Guardians by star Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) – where they address that particular issue; and thus, explain why their respective Marvel projects aren’t just ‘yet another superhero film.’

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Guardians of the Galaxy

We’ve included the video of Saldana’s interview with MTV at the top of this article, but here is a transcript of what the actress had to offer about Guardians (read: why director James Gunn’s superhero movie is special):

“[it's] a new way to view superheroes. I love sometimes the consistency of what the classics have left behind, but I need innovation. You can only have so much of, ‘I’ll save you!’ After a while, it’s ‘Oh God, does he go to the bathroom? Is he hungry?’ It’s like, ‘Does he cry? Does he feel?’ and not only do we cover that, we’re making heroes that are thieves! They’re Robin Hood’s and I love that because I like the underdog and the hardest route because that’s the only one that’s going to teach you great lessons in life.

“These characters are absolutely amazing and they have a full blown redemption. To be able to sink your teeth into such meaty characters and to be part of such a story that is very unique and obviously has everything that I love. It has space, it has a kooky director that literally has cojones. It has amazing actors that you literally would never have thought to put together and somehow we’re all here giving 150% and loving what we’re doing.”

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The mid-credits scene in The Dark World offers an early sample of Gunn’s “kooky” space adventure, with many a fan having drawn comparisons between the Guardians tease and the old-fashioned campiness of the alien planets and other-worldly characters found on Doctor Who. Similarly, Saldana’s comment about how the film “literally has cajones” aligns with our Rob Keyes’ description of the Guardians Comic-Con sizzle reel (featuring everything from a raccoon with a machine gun to Parks and Recreation‘s Chris Pratt as a inter-galactic thief who likes to flip the birdie at his oppressors).

As for the film in general, Saldana’s comments are unsurprisingly supportive; yet, they also echo those made by Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige, who has likened the creative experience on Guardians as being on par with making the original Iron Man movie. (Read: Lots of excitement about getting to introduce such a strange property to moviegoers.)

Here is what Saldana offered, on that subject:

“I never like to shoot myself in the foot to seem that confident that I may come across as arrogant, but I’m rooting for it a great deal because it was amazing. What we shot and what we left on the screen there were pretty amazing things and I hope, and I have a feeling, that James is going to capture it very beautifully. I’m happy to have worked with someone like James because not every day do you meet somebody that is absolutely who they are and you cannot compare them to anybody else. There’s only ever going to be one James Gunn and I like that.”

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Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters on August 1st, 2014.

Source: MTV

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  1. Zoe Saldana just gave me so much hope for this movie. It has to be good. Not just her either, all of the cast has been genuinely glowing about it. August 1st can’t come soon enough.

  2. She’s a lovely person, isn’t she?

  3. I can’t wait to see GotG. It looks like a fun movie in general, and that’s what the world needs right now something fun.

  4. i’m not too familiar with Gaurdians of the Galaxy (not my cup of tea), but from what i’ve seen it looks like it will suprise me

  5. Have you EVER seen the cast of any film that was not glowing about a movie they just filmed?? OTHER than Jim Carrey crying about the violence in Kick ass 2!!

    I mean that is part of their job, to promote the movies they are in! Not many actors will say gee that film I just did was sh*t I hope it fails and flops hard! That would not be very smart on their part…If they like acting anyway.

  6. Usually when you hear actors talk about the movies they just made and it sounds like they are being possesed by what a movie executive would say but with the past interviews Ive seen with the cast of GoTG, they seem like geniune answers and that they really mean it, and seeming that its coming out next year I dont think Marvel would have them promoting the movie like this so soon. With that being said it excites me to hear that the actors are as equally excited as the fans.

  7. Zoe Saldana should had been Cat Woman. But she can be the only actress to ever be in ANY movie and I’d be stoked. So perhaps I’m alone on that.

    • ^ have

  8. Hyped for this film. Please be good.

  9. Zoe <3

  10. Love you Zoe marry me !

  11. Stoked for this movie! The cast seems genuinely excited for audiences to finally see Gunn’s film.

  12. How about a Inhumans film, and why has Universal not made a Namor film yet?

  13. I am ready and hopeful (with a degree of caution) for Ant-man, to see what it has to offer, but I am afraid I am lacking quite a bit of much-needed confidence for GOTG.

  14. Does anyone want an ant man movie?

  15. I don’t really care much about Ant Man, but since Edgar Wright is doing it I’m in. All his films have been great.

    I’m just concerned that it will be opening so close to Avengers 2 and Batman Vs Superman, and won’t get the attention it might (probably will) deserve.

    • They said that about TASM too but it did pretty ell for itself, despite the Avengers train still rumbling and TDKR and its imminent and much hyped release.

      That’s why TASM was a last minute decision for me and I didn’t regret it whatsoever.

      • True, but Spider-man had a lot more going for it (three previous films) and a lot more recognition than Ant Man, who not many people have even heard of.

  16. I love all this comicbook movies. It’s like going to comicbook store to pick up a book that interest me!! TDKR/GotG may not be a book that pique my interest,but that’s ok. Someone else may enjoy them :D

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