A few days ago an unofficial logline provided the very first hint at what the plot behind Guardians of the Galaxy could be, one of five Marvel Studios films paving the way for The Avengers 2.

With a release date set, a new screenwriter in Chris McCoy revising the script, and concept art from Comic-Con confirming the core roster, Guardians of the Galaxy remains the only confirm Marvel Studios production without a director signed. That may change very soon.

THR has the scoop that has Marvel Studios looking at James Gunn as their top choice to direct Guardians of the Galaxy, with Peyton Reed (Yes Man) as another candidate.

Gunn is most well-known for directing Slither and Super, both of which he wrote as well, along with recently released Lollipop Chainsaw zombie-themed video game and Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake. For the obvious comparison, we also have to mention The Specials from 2000, about a not-so-great superhero team starring Rob Lowe and Thomas Haden Church.

Gunn represents another atypical, non-A-list selection for Marvel Studios, who have a track record of going with directors with proven geek knowledge and proven comedy chops for their “Phase Two” films. Considering that Nathan Fillion starred in both of Gunn’s films (coincidentally known as “The Holy Avenger” in Super) and witnesssing the amount of fan speculation having him play Ant-Man, he’s about to endure a second go at the rumor mill.

If this story pans out and James Gunn enlists with Marvel Studios, we finally have a clear picture of the key players behind the camera for the next three years:

  • Iron Man 3 – Shane Black
  • Thor: The Dark World – Alan Taylor
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Anthony & Joe Russo
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – James Gunn
  • Ant-Man – Edgar Wright
  • The Avengers 2 – Joss Whedon
That’s assuming reports of Ant-Man shooting after Thor 2 for a 2014 release are true. There’s also the potential of a second movie in 2015 – how about Drew Goddard for a Hulk sequel? What are your thoughts and expectations from Marvel’s choices?

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014 and The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015.

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Source: THR