Guardians of the Galaxy: James Gunn Says ‘Thank You’ To Fans & Marvel

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You may have not known it, but Marvel knew it when it came to forecasting the success of Guardians of the Galaxy. Despite the property’s characters being lesser known commodities and despite the unusual choice of August to release another blockbuster, Marvel Studios had so much faith in director James Gunn that they came to Comic-Con last week and announced Guardians of the Galaxy 2 before the first one even hit theaters.

Then, it did hit theaters, setting multiple world box office records for a feature releasing in August and for Thursday advanced openings.  Now, Guardians of the Galaxy sits as the third largest opening of the year and as one of the highest scored by critics from Marvel to date. Needless to say, co-writer and director James Gunn couldn’t be happier about the life-changing experience, having only directed smaller budget features Slither and Super before now.

Taking to his Facebook page early yesterday as the impressive box office estimates for Guardians rolled in, Gunn had a lot to say in thanking fans for supporting his “oddball” team and for thanking the cast, crew and high-ups at Marvel for making Guardians of the Galaxy what it is today.

Thanks to all of you who saw (and are seeing) Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend, from the bottom of my heart. The Guardians are a group of oddballs, outcasts, and geeks. The movie is for anyone who ever felt cast aside, left out, or different. It’s for all of us who don’t belong. This movie belongs to you. And, today, I think we’re doing okay.

I am of course happy with all the film has accomplished box-office-wise. But what touches me the most is that the film I told the folks at Marvel I wanted to make two years ago is the film that you’re seeing in theaters today – it’s that so many of you seem to be directly EXPERIENCING the film I INTENDED. The cast, the producers, the crew, and I felt like we were making something special while we were making it. But it is very rare that a director’s INTENTIONS in creating a film, or a scene, or a character, or a line of dialogue are, seemingly, specifically what is experienced by an audience (not to mention critics!), and that seems to be what has happened here. You have allowed a talking raccoon – for a moment, a minute, or a day – to make you a little more human. And for that, I am profoundly grateful.

If I relied on myself to implement these intentions, the film would be a shambling mess. But instead, I had a wonderful cast, genius producers, an incredibly brave studio, sublimely talented visual effects artists, great editors, and the best damn crew of mostly-British bastards to actually implement these intentions for me. Where I had a good idea they would, through alchemy, transform it into a great one. Many of you involved are friends of mine on Facebook. Many of you will read this somewhere else. I love you all.

You may remember me posting here a couple weeks ago how sad I was to be finishing up the film, that I was having trouble letting go of Rocket, and that I was going to miss him. But seeing him (and Groot, and the rest of the team) embraced by the world like they have been, to be UNDERSTOOD, makes it a wonderful letting go. It’s like giving a foster pet up for adoption to the most wonderful parents in the world.

And, of course, I’m not really saying goodbye as, while many of you have been enjoying the film, I’ve spent this weekend hard at work on the sequel. I couldn’t help myself! The results are nice but it’s really the creative process I love and that keeps me going. I’m on fire with this thing! The Guardians have so many hardships and heartaches and triumphs ahead of them, and I can’t wait to share them with all of you.

Onto week two…

Love, James

In just over a week, Marvel’s next new property to enter development, Ant-Man, begins shooting and it’s battling through quite a few obstacles with writer and director Edgar Wright exiting the project just as it was initially scheduled to start. While Wright couldn’t make the movie he wanted to make since it didn’t fit within Marvel’s plans, Gunn very much got to make his own movie. A lot of that may have to do with it taking place off-earth but even in pre-production, Joss Whedon’s advice for Guardians was to make it “more James Gunn.” Looks like that worked.

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Here are a few more official Guardians of the Galaxy stills if you missed ’em:


More: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Easter Eggs


Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on July 28 2017, November 3 2017, May 4 2018, July 6 2018, November 2 2018 and May 3 2019.

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  1. Thank you back Gunn.

    • Exactly!

  2. Brilliant.

  3. We thank YOU!!! In aspera ad astra! Now take the rest of the MCU back into space, too… Planet Hulk, more of Asgard, Thanos etc…

    • Godammit, Smike.
      Why can’t you just get over the fact that they won’t do a Planet Hulk movie?
      James Gunn called it “b*******”
      Joss Whedon called it “nonsense”
      and Kevin Feige called it “unquestionable”

      Sorry, but if you want to see Planet Hulk, go watch the animated movie instead.

  4. So the question is: Is it “the Star Wars of this generation”

    What I find most impressive is that people all across the demographic spectrum are enjoying it. Sure I’m going to like it because I love comic book movies. My wife, father, and brother liked it and they like actions and fun movies but not like me. But, my mother liked it! She stayed awake; she quotes it afterwords; she admitted to enjoying it. That is what is impressive to me.

    If I could ask James gunn how far along he was on the story of guardians 2, he seems like the kind of guy who would answer 12% lol

    • 12%? That’s hardly a concept.

      I couldn’t agree with you more. My gf really hates the Marvel movies but she really enjoyed Guardians. She really liked Groot.

    • It’s an interesting question. I took my wife and father to see this movie. Now, they both are not into the whole CBM thing but loved this film. My father actually made the Star Wars comparison after the movie not because it’s as epic as Star Wars but because the word of mouth and the enjoyment of the movie was Star Wars like when it first came out. Now my father is a huge Star Wars fan and wouldn’t even give the light of day when it came to LOTR or Star Trek as being Star Wars enjoyment so for him to say he felt this is the first movie that he felt that Star Wars feeling is a pretty good compliment. Great job by Gunn and Co.

  5. “You’re Welcome”

  6. Welkommen Herr Gunn

  7. No, James. We thank YOU for the best movie of the summer! And now back to work! 😀

  8. Thank you Gunn,

    For giving us the Firefly Serenity presequel we needed.. Though not necessarily deserved

    • Yea, I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic in regards to Firefly as well. At least Fillion was in the movie :)

  9. It almost look like some PR message which main pourpose is to undirectly tell us that Marvel studio is giving a lot of creative freedom to their screenwrighters, directors etc. and that the reason why Edgar Wright left Antman isnt that he would be give enough of creative freedom (which it most likely the way it was).

    • Or maybe Gunn is really appreciative of getting a chance to direct a big blockbuster and have it turn out so successful and loved.

      • Yeah, I agree. Gunn actually gets it in that he knows this movie was something of a gamble and he wanted to thank everyone genuinely who went or are going to see it. Things like this actually makes me want to really support the movie by seeing it multiple times. Also the fact the Gunn tries to listen to some of the fan reaction is a plus

  10. Can’t tell you how cool it is that the photo they used for this article is the one of James Gunn with my Son Gavin at the Hollywood premiere. SO damn cool.

    • Is it really? That’s awesome!
      Disney sent it out as one of their official premiere photos so Gavin’s a celeb!

    • Thats Awesome !!!

  11. You’re welcome Gunn. You deserve the credit. Now make that sequel.

  12. as a lifelong star wars fan i now find myself wondering if i could ever love a star wars film as much as i loved guardians of the galaxy

  13. @ Shawn. (Congrats to you man, that’s so cool.)

    I’m glad that Joss Whedon had faith in Mr. Gunn, and saw something in him to give this ‘risky,’ film to. Please Gunn don’t make a ‘Iron Man 2′ comfortable sequel next, blow our minds away again with this ‘Odd Space Opera’ in 2017!

  14. This is an excellent case in ‘crappy directors CAN make awesome movies’. Slither and Super were GOD AWFUL, two of the absolutely unbearably bad films I have ever seen, so I wasn’t expecting much, but GotG proved that if you can’t make movies based on your own half-baked and idiotic ideas, you can probably handle a Marvel epic with a little tutelage from Joss Whedon. Well done. I shall cease the Gunn hating. GotG was great.