Guardians of the Galaxy 2: James Gunn Says Marvel Offers Creative Freedom

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the biggest film franchises in the world, grossing billions of dollars globally and earning much critical acclaim as they redefined the industry with their shared universe model. For all their successes, Marvel isn't without their fair share of controversy, particularly when it comes to directors having creative freedom over their projects. It's a tricky balance to find; filmmakers enjoy being able to put their own stamp on a movie, but they need to be able to play by the rules if they are to helm a massive series installment.

From their beginnings, Marvel Studios has come under fire for being a somewhat difficult place to work. Creative differences cost them the likes of Jon Favreau, Patty Jenkins, and - most infamously - Edgar Wright. These departures have fueled the claims that Kevin Feige may run too tight of a ship while piecing together the future of the MCU. But according to Guardians of the Galaxy helmsman James Gunn, that isn't necessarily the case.

Gunn was doing a Q&A session on Twitter, covering various topics such as a Rocket Raccoon spinoff movie, trusting Feige with his script, and his lack of interest in doing a Star Wars movie (among others). He mentioned that he almost committed to a television series before taking on next year's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which caused a follower to bemoan Gunn's sense of creativity being quelled by Marvel. In response to that, Gunn said that he's never been more free in his career:

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