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Marvel may be hard at work individually revisiting all their heroes from 'The Avengers,' but that doesn't mean they are fresh out of surprises. Earlier this summer, they announced that they would be producing a film based on their lesser-known property The Guardians of the Galaxy. Set in the 31st Century, The Guardians are a pack of interstellar beings, including one Earth astronaut, who must join forces to battle the forces of the evil alien Badoon. The speculations have been running rampant ever since this announcement as to how The Guardians might eventually tie into 'The Avengers 2,' if at all, but who would direct the movie? Well it now appears the studio is in talks with James Gunn for the gig. Gunn, an indie filmmaker, has directed the likes of 'Slither' and 'Super' and apparently the studio is pleased with his ability to combine comedy and action. As of right now, no official deal has been made, but the Marvel is talking exclusively with Gunn at this point.
Having next to no knowledge of The Guardians, I can't say definitively whether Gunn is the ideal choice or not. What I can say is that he is an immensely talented filmmaker who is long overdue for an opportunity of this size. It makes one wonder how dark the humor will be permitted to be in 'The Guardians of the Galaxy.' Gunn has already explored superhero territory in 'Super,' but it is a bleak black comedy with a pronounced pessimism about the human race. I don't see that tone making its way to Guardians, but it'll definitely include some comical elements. It's nice to see Marvel looking to more and more interesting sources of talent for their big projects. As a fan of Gunn, I'm not only now far more intrigued by this project, but I'm also eager to see who he will cast in these various out-of-this-world roles. I'm just saying, like Joss Whedon, Gunn has a relationship with Nathan Fillion. Fingers. Crossed. If nothing else, given his work on 'Slither,' I'm anxious to see what monsters from The Guardians' canon will appear in the movie.
What do you guys think? Do you like Gunn for Guardians? Any 'Super' or 'Slither' fans out there?