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James Gunn Is Officially In For GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!!

The Kidd here...

James Gunn officially confirmed that he is in to direct Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY earlier today, taking to his Facebook to spread the news. 

For a month or so there’s been a lot of Internet speculation about my involvement with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Until now I haven’t said anything, because I’m trying to be less expulsive about this project than I am about the rest of my life. But last night I got the go-ahead from Kevin Feige to let you all know that, yes, indeed, I am rewriting and directing Guardians of the Galaxy. Asa lifelong lover of Marvel comics, space epics, AND raccoons, this is the movie I’ve been waiting to make since I was nine years old. Kevin, Joss, and all the folks at Marvel have been amazing collaborators so far, and we’re committed to bringing you something majestic, beautiful, and unique. I am incredibly excited. I am also incredibly grateful to the fans and the press for all their words of encouragement and support regarding my involvement with this project since the news first leaked. Thanks – you have, honestly, touched and overwhelmed me. And that’s it for now. Other than the occasional photos of my dog and cat here on Facebook, I’ll talk to you again in August 2014 when Guardians is released!

Since word first broke that Gunn was the frontrunner in the studio's eyes for the job, there's been strong support in the fan community for such an outside-the-box choice to take on the material. However, it shouldn't have been such a surprise as Marvel has made a habit of selecting filmmakers to front their properties that otherwise might not be at the top of a comic book/superhero directors list elsewhere. Yet they've all been perfect fits to bring the material to life on the screen, so here's to hoping that they've nailed it with Gunn yet again. 


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Shut up, Thanos!

    by Bill C.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Is he the dude who used to fuck Jenna Fischer?

    by AzulTool

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    The movie nobody is waiting for!!

    by BenBraddock

    Good luck to the guy anyway.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I Am Very Interested In This Film

    by filegumbo

    It's so different from the rest of the Marvel universe. I wonder if they will be part of the continuity of the Avengers, etc.

  • ... I remember they a team with this name (with the Hulk and Doc Strange, I think) back in the 70s.

  • so I don't know much about the Guardians of the Galaxy other than when they appeared in the Avengers cartoon. Seemed really wierd to me.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST


    by Acappellaman

    I recall that team as well, though not as fondly as The Avengers. They should team up for a movie and call it The Defengers! Or the Avenders. Either one. I don't care.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST


    by Jubba

    they were avenging the death of a certain shield agent....

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Now this is some cool news!

    by Josh Kenney

    This is awesome, can't wait to see the final product.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    This guy did PG Porn

    by rev_skarekroe

    That stuff was hilarious.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Another outside-the-box decision from Marvel

    by Ribbons

    Only time will tell if they're crazy like a fox, or crazy like that uncle we don't talk about on holidays. But for the time being I salute their bold choice.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    BAM! Color me excited!

    by D.Vader

    Its such a batshit crazy idea, I LOVE that Marvel is going all in on this. They've earned a LOT of goodwill from movie geeks and the regular movie-going public. I think this is going to work out well.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Rocket Motherfucking Raccoon.

    by Volllllume3

    Nuff said.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Calling something a flop before its even been made...

    by D.Vader

    Doesn't really do you any favors. Just sayin'. Green Lantern could have been good. Unfortunately, it just wasn't. Has nothing to do with the source material and everything to do with how the story was told.

  • This guy's filmography inspires ZERO confidence that this movie can be anything but a joke and a gigantic box-office flop. This will stomp both feet on the brake and destroy the momentum that the studio has been building. Everything he has done as a writer or director is shit, how does Marvel expect a different result this time?

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Good news

    by chance72

    Gunn is a great choice...

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by HandOfIncreases

    Nobody who matters gives a shit what you're waiting for or not. Also, thinking you speak for everyone is douchery.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    *hides head in shame* I actually liked Green Lantern.

    by Quake II

    I enjoyed it more than Punisher (Tom Jane version), Blade 3, Captain America, Iron Man 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Elektra, Fantastic 4, Daredevil and a few others. I thought it delivered exactly what it promised....

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by HandOfIncreases

    For a different perspective, you should reflect on the fact you're a nerd on a movie forum, and basically know fuck all about anything.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by chance72

    I do appreciate that you suffer from mental retardation. I truly do. You are dumb. Truly fucking dumb. You are soo fucking dumb. Jesus fucking christ so dumb. Wait, what??

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST


    by JAMF

    Gunn's first major Hollywood screenplay was Scooby-Doo in 2002. In 2004, he wrote the initial screenplay for the remake of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead, but left the project early to work on Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed oh... um....

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Making a movie about a man spider, hire a dude named Webb.

    by kindofabigdeal

    Make a movie about a raccoon with lots of guns, get some dude named Gunn. Seems legit.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Old news, but awesome.

    by dr geek

    Super and Slither were great - I liked the Dawn of the Dead remake - and Joss Whedon has said he loves Gunn's take on the project. If Whedon is excited, so should we be. I see no point in cultivating anything other than a positive attitude about this. : )

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Yeah Rasomon, after seeing the trailers

    by D.Vader

    Once the trailers came out, people started saying flop. They don't usually do that when the property is announced. And Star Wars was a family movie targeted at kids too (though not specifically kids, and this will be the same way).

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    He also did SUPER, which was amazing

    by sunwukong86

    i love loved it

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    How this movie succeeds

    by jemagee

    Hmm...let's see, the avengers made a BUTTLOAD of money and teased an ending with some folks in outer space I wonder if maybe that outer space character teased at the end of the avengers will serve as a vital part of Guardians of the Galaxy to introduce the character so he's more 'fully fleshed out' to the audience by the time Avengers 2 hits the screens. Say what you want about quality - but marvel seems to know wtf it's doing with it movie properties - they didn't just throw a dart and select GOG (as it should be called because all bow before GOG - or something like that) - they picked this with a purpose -the purpose being to get the audiences used to marvel 'extraterrestial' life and expand upon the tease at the end of the avengers. Oh yeah, that little facebook comment had the magic name - Joss has input - if Joss has input (and marvel will listen to joss - what's that noise - yeah that's DC kicking itself again for firing him off wonder woman) I'm confident it will be an intelligent and funny movie that continues to expand upon the marvel universe they've built (you know, the one without spider man, the fantastic four, mutants, or ghost rider)

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Why is everyone gunning for Gunn?

    by Glenn

    I'd rather see his potentially anarchic take on a comic book than all the frequent seriosity (sic -- and if you don't know what 'sic' means, you need to read more) going down in those cinematic worlds. "Super" alone -- while not the most ambitiously budgeted film of all time, due to its vulgar subject matter -- made me howl with laughter at how bold it was. Here's hoping Whedon can keep the grubby-handed studio at bay to allow Gunn room to incorporate some out-there ideas; the guy's storytelling shows a lot of balls so far in his self-directed work. Every writer has a "Scooby Doo" credit(s) in their filmography, what the fuck is wrong with you people? Do you think every writer is crapped out an insta-Chayefsky or Towne or Gilroy? Get a clue -- better yet, get a job in the industry and see what you get offered right off the bat. I'm hoping he gets his twisted sense of humour into the proceedings. I'm done. Y'all can go back to your incessant chip-munching, couch-farting epithet hurling.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    George Clooney

    by jemagee

    has enough 'Scooby Doo' credits for multiple super star careers

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Not really, Rasomon?

    by D.Vader

    I thought your point was that this was going to bomb? I may have missed it?

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Rasomon, on GL

    by D.Vader

    Okay, so people were calling it a flop based on an actor and an image. That's still way too early to call.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST


    by Negator76

    Holy crap, they're really knocking it out of the park with directorial choices, I gotta say. Gunn LOVES superheroes, but also has great subversive instincts and a knack for horror/humor. Sure, Marvel could meddle too much and make a mess of things, but this has officially become one of my most anticipated comic-to-movie properties. The great thing about GOTG is, they're unknown and off-the-wall enough that Gunn can take some creative risks with them. While no movie is a slam-dunk, this one actually has a chance to be unique, weird, and awesome.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Troma for life, good news (Return to Nuke'Em High check it out)

    by Psycho_Kenshin

    Always good.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by jemagee

    I was calling GL a flop based on the hiring of Berlanti - who in comparison makes Gunn a sure fire guarantee of a hit Greg Berlanti makes really bad tv (Everwood, Brothers and Sisters, Political Animals) nothing in his CV said he would be a good hire, nothing at all, Gunn at least has shown some good and some bad, berlanti does soap operas

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Unique and Weird

    by jemagee

    So you want it to be box office bomb?

  • And that was being reminded that yes, James Finn did indeed USED to fuck Jenna Fischer. ...Sigh. How do you let that get away? I think I need to go on a Google image run. God she's fucking awesome.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    That makes sense, jemagee

    by D.Vader

    I call every movie made by Marcus Nispel, upon its announcement, to be crap.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST

    SUPER is the best [spoiler]

    by Scott Sullivan

    I never thought I'd like Rainn Wilson or Ellen Page, but then she raped him, and he we are.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    This will be a movie.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    It will either be bad or great. Or maybe just okay.

  • Great stories can be told through concepts others might consider "stupid". I'm sure that's why many execs and studios passed on Star Wars early on.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    @ one9deuce

    by chris

    And you're an idiot

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Guardians of the Star Wars Galaxy - coming soon.

    by Arcadian

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Seems to be split rasomon

    by D.Vader

    In all these talkbacks, it seems the majority of the people who aren't interested are the ones who've never heard of it. But that's beside the point. The point was I think its foolish to call this a flop so early in the game. People tried that with Avengers and were proven hysterically wrong.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST


    by Dandelion.

    So between Gunn AND Whedon we HAVE to get Fillion in here somewhere, right?!

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    SLITHER was awesome! SUPER was awesome! PG Porn was awesome!

    by thefreshestthing

    So yeah. I'm excited.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST


    by HandOfIncreases

    Seriously? You're putting importance on the opinions of AICN talkbackers?

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    He doesn't ahve to ask, rasomon, I

    by Kremzeek

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:02 p.m. CST

    is anyone playing Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom?

    by murphworld

    Greg Ellis' limited voice-work as Rocket Raccoon is fantastic (I think he was in the Avengers cartoon as well, I didnt see it), here's to hoping they use him. Also his head looks a tiny bit too big for his body, so it's a great match. i love this game so much, i'm considering seeing the latest resident evil film for the promise of more Wesker, Jill, Chris, and Nemesis (yeah i suppose i could play the resident evil games, but they don't have Hawkeye, Iron Fist, or Akuma) if anyone wants to face off, my xbox gamertag is Michaelangekrow (full disclosure: i'm not very good)

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Rasomon: Don't make a call for everyone based on your opinion

    by Kremzeek

    I have no loyalty to Marvel (other than they put out some badass films), so I actually never heard of GoG until the film was announced. At first, it seemed like the dumbest idea ever. But, as some others have said, you gotta give them credit for having the guts to actually move forward with a project like this. Based on that, I've changed my mind. (Well, and also that most people here were complaining about how stupid Marvel was to hire Whedon... and we saw how quickly everyone started back-peddling those comments after the film was released and it was fan-freaking-tastic.) I have complete and total faith in Feige and the Marvel team. They've earned it. And I have no doubt GoG is going to be great--just like all the other Marvel films (well, with the exception of Inc Hulk, which was enjoyable but not necessarily "good", imo.) And I know I'm not the only one in this camp. There are plenty of people who are curious and excited to see this movie. I'm one of them.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    ...Not sure what heppend to my first post...

    by Kremzeek

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    *happened* ...damn =\

    by Kremzeek

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Why is this movie being made?

    by 2soon2eat

    It's interesting how many people have zero interest or are outright hostile to this idea. Why is Marvel so desperate to make this? My prediction: movie will be canceled within 6 months.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Why the hate on Green Lantern?

    by t_allen

    People wanted Green Lantern they got it. I liked it personally. So you don't understand the story as presented on the screen, that's ok. Lot's of background to go from. Not like GL has ever been out of print. Guardians will probably be a little strange to most audiences at first IMO but I would prefer it over another Nic Cage Ghost Rider film.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Hey, no one's raggin' on Rocket Raccoon yet... the time is right!

    by Monnie Knapp

    For my justification of the character through science! It's basic evolution. First, let's look at humans. Natural selection coupled with mutation slowly led our evolutionary ancestors (Australopithecines) to attain important physical traits which eventually led to the creature known as Homo sapiens sapiens. Anthropologists now believe that the opposable thumb was the instigator of these developments. So, proto-humans start using hands as more than just forelegs and need to free them up, therefore, bipedal locomotion begins. Eventually, that organism develops into you. What's this have to do with Rocket Raccoon? Well raccoons have opposable thumbs. They pick things up, manipulate objects, and could fire a giant gun. If we imagine a planet upon which primates did not evolve, but raccoons did; not apes, but raccoons develop into the dominant, intelligent species. They become bipedal, they have massive brain growth, and they create the social networks and language so familiar to our species. So, there is no reason--based on current scientific knowledge--that a badass, tough talking, gun-toting raccoon could exist out there... somewhere beyond the beyond.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Rasomon your argument is getting scattered

    by D.Vader

    Let's get down to the basic idea here. YOU think the concept is stupid, therefore you think this will flop, yes? Which means you think good stories cannot be told from "stupid" concepts, right? Green Lantern failed bc it was a stupid concept, not bc it was a bad movie. In other words, there is no way a good movie could have been made from Green Lantern and there's no way a good movie can be made from Guardians of the Galaxy? But really it will flop bc not enough people know about the source and therefore aren't excited about it? Come on, you have to do better than that. First off, the talkbackers are a minority when it comes to the movie-going public. Secondly, the Avengers' naysayers were not the minority. They were pretty vocal about it. We're talkbackers, we bitch and complain about EVERYTHING, even when it looks good. And third, this movie IS inspiring confidence and interest in people who don't know the story. *I* am one of them. Kremzeek, as he stated above, is another. These talkbacks have been full of people bitching about the movie and championing it. But I guarantee you, the majority of people bitching about it are people who've never read the comics, while those supporting it are made of people who have read it and of others who haven't but are interested. Either way, not every talkbacker visits these talkbacks anyway. I haven't posted in every one. There's probably people here who will have posted for the first time and there will be hundreds that just won't bother with the story. You can't get a good sense that way. Which is why I brought it around to the original point that seems to be you think this will flop bc its a bad concept, yes?

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Wow, I'm "dumb", "a nerd", and "an idiot".

    by one9deuce

    The three talkbackers who decided they could fling shit at me didn't refute what I said...... BECAUSE YOU CAN'T. Feel free, tell me why a quirky barely known property that isn't a particularly successful comic to comic book types be successful in the mainstream world of films. And please, tell me why the writer of SCOOBY DOO: MONSTERS UNLEASHED (possibly the worst movie with a budget ever released by a studio) inspires confidence in any way.

  • Okay I see there's not really going to be a rational debate here if that's the way you see things.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Didn't Marvel get the rights back to Silver Surfer too?

    by Mikeyeieio

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    No, FOX still has the Silver Surfer

    by D.Vader

    Marvel got the rights back to Daredevil.

  • And yet I am wrong again.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    one9deuce: why single out a gig that he obviously did for a paycheck???

    by kindofabigdeal

    And since it's obviously a studio movie, the were gonna f*** around with what he wrote anyways. He wrote Dawn of the Dead which I thought was really good. He also did Slither which I was surprised at how much I really did enjoy it. Now if his style of writing/directing is not your cup of tea then fine. But don't count the man out based solely on a writing credit for a movie that doesn't hold a candle to the mans best work. I've also heard a lot of good things about his Troma work. Anyone who can go from doing a Troma movie to a big studio franchise for Marvel/Disney is a win for movie geeks everywhere.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    I don't deny its risky, rasomon

    by D.Vader

    But I certainly won't claim this movie can't be good bc of the elements you mentioned above. Talkbackers claimed THOR would fail bc the costumes were weird and audiences wouldn't get behind a Norse God and all that cosmic stuff. Talkbackers claimed Captain America would fail bc he's too jingoistic and laughable and won't work in the modern world and "Captain France" is just as hilarious and the movie would flop in the international market. Talkbackers claimed The Avengers would fail and Joss Whedon had made one crappy movie before that failed and he would shoot the movie like tv and its not epic enough and THOR doesn't fit with Iron Man and it wouldn't make any money. See a pattern here yet? Marvel has made gambles in the past and they've all paid off thus far. I'm surprised people are still betting against them.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Rocket's voice?

    by Monnie Knapp

    Orlando Jones, Steve Buscemi, Clancy Brown, Bruce Campbell, Vinnie Fucking Jones???

  • Also, we should not judge a director based on their weakest effort. When considering Coppola, do you think, "Jack sucked, so he sucks?"

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST


    by Monnie Knapp

    We're all primates, pal. So what you intended as an insult was actually an affirmation. So, thanks pal. The Coppola example is a thing known as: an analogy.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Russell Crowe, in his day...

    by Monnie Knapp

    the bitch's bastard

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST

    The Kidd you fuckin amateur

    by Autodidact

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST

    rasoman: hoo boy...

    by Monnie Knapp

    My point is, the universe has created intelligent, bipedal, gun-toting primates; so why are Raccoon ridiculous. Also, Super is a great "super-hero" movie that Gunn directed. Why not look at that picture, instead of Scoob, in anticipation of Guardians? Gunn has not directed a Godfather level picture. We just shouldn't discount him because of his Mystery Machine debacle. Also, dude, I am around those you refer to as "retarded" nearly every day and it is not insulting to be compared to them either. Try again.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Jump the shark, nuke the fridge, rocket the raccoon

    by Julius Dithers

    Marvel/Disney got the outer space/Asgard thing to work, just barely. This one, not so much. A movie about Green Lantern and The Tick and a talking teddy bear in an intimate relationship would be more likely. Oh, wait…

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    A lifelong lover of raccoons?

    by Royston Lodge


  • Sept. 18, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    I seem to remember everyone predicting

    by MrD

    That some movie at some point was going to be a flop because of some casting news, costume design, or because there were flames on a truck. Yes, some people were right about Green Lantern, but some people were also wrong about Thor, Captain America, Avengers, The Dark Knight etc, etc, etc. Keep your damn pants on an let the movie make its own case in its own time

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Yes, autodidact, THE KIDD sucks!

    by Negator76

    No mention of Gunn's filmography, he brings no knowledge of what Gunn might bring to the project, he doesn't speculate in any interesting way on what a James Gunn Marvel Movie might look like... y'know, WRITING. I'm still boycotting this asshole until he's canned for being a hopesss bore, but this was a news item so I had no idea that it was a 'Kidd' column.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST

    rashoman: wait and see

    by Monnie Knapp

    If your imagination cannot conceive of an intelligent creature which evolved out of something other than a primate (not much of a Trek fan, eh?) that's a bummer for you. I don't know where the raccoon Aragorn comes from, but that movie should be written by Brian Jacques. Gunn's comedic sensibilities play right into Whedon's Marvel Universe. I like the tongue in cheek nature of Guuardians and look forward to the picture. To me, the pairing of Gunn with this property is a good choice. I do not purport to have any knowledge of how the film will actually turn out, so I reserve judgement of the final product.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    So what have we learned from this talkback?

    by Ash Talon

    What have we learned from this talkback? <P> Some people have no imagination. <P> Some people will also leap to conclusions about what GotG will be like without actually having read any of the comics. Pick up some of the recent GotG comics and realize that this won't be a kiddie movie, although it'll obviously be accessible by all audiences (Marvel's MO). Gunn seems like a good match for the tone of the recent GotG comics, which is what we can assume they're going for based on the character selection. <p> BTW, Yoda and Chewbacca are ridiculous characters and totally sank the Star Wars franchise.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Green Lantern made over 100 million domestic

    by Matthew

    highest box office gross for a flop ever? GoG and James Gunn have me excited. Could see Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson in GoG. Rocket Racoon versus South Parks the Koon!

  • And it sure beats more remakes and prequels.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Movie audiences need new mythologies, new characters.

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    The glut of remakes and reboots the past year is the reason why box office takings are the worst in over a decade.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST

    James Gunn: Making Marvel Fun

    by _Lizarkeo

    2014: The Year of the Raccoon GotG: You Just Rocket my World Be a Guardian: The Galaxy will thank you Oh my STAR-Lord! Drax is GONNA DESTROY YOU Nice to meet you: I AM GROOT The Deadliest CAN BE the Sexiest (And can't wait for the casting news!)

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    rasoman: poop on you, sir

    by Monnie Knapp

    So, in lieu of using my evolutionary antecessors or developmentally disabled people as insults, you decide to go for that fascist favorite, "people like you." Congrats, sir, you have reached the bottom of the barrel. Who ever said the Marvel Movie Universe is supposed to be "mature?" I think you have misunderstood the intention of these films. Yet, I digress. My wife is home, and the casserole which I prepared is nearly done. We will now watch Cabin in the Woods. Later tonight, when I'm really intoxicated, I may respond to future criticisms.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    GL made 100 mill domestic but cost 250..

    by mcgillj

    Throw in another 50_75 for ads... soooo.. 600 million.. if half goes to theaters to breakeven.. although video, cable, etc. Would be a bonus.. but i dont think it quite made that.

  • Like Deadpool.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST


    by one9deuce

    I didn't single out just one of his films. In my first post I wrote that NOTHING in his filmography gave me confidence in his ability to do a large scale comic/superhero/space fantasy that will appeal to a mass audience. Which it will need to since the CGI on Rocket Racoon alone will cost more than anything (and probably EVERYthing) he has ever directed. And for all the talkbackers calling names like they're eight year olds, please remember that prognosticating movie box office isn't difficult. Rarely have I been terribly surprised by a films box office take. THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy is one of the few that shocked me. I thought it would do well because it looked really interesting, but the huge amount of money it made was surprising. Having the romance between Aragorn and Arwin be VERY prominent in the movie trilogy when it's barely mentioned in the books certainly helped. Does GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY have something like that? Because without a female audience it WILL flop.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 10:38 p.m. CST

    What else does Marvel have?

    by Lukowicz

    I worked in a comic shop, and I barely know GotG. GL was a flop because it was decalred a flop before it came out.. And yeah, the story could have been told better. by the_gmork, well said, sir.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Of Course It's A Great Choice

    by aceldama

    Didn't you see how good a job he did writing and directing Tromeo And Juliet?

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 11:28 p.m. CST

    People comparing Captain America and Thor predictions:

    by 2soon2eat

    Look, many people on here were worried Thor and Captain America (and Avengers!) wouldn't work. And we wrote about it endlessly. But here's the thing we WANTED it to work, we just felt it was almost impossible to pull off. Don't compare those reactions to how we see Guardian's of the Galaxy. THAT movie sounds fucking stupid. We don't want it to work, we want it to be canceled. "Many of you predicted Captain America would fail." If you say shit like that you don't get what we are saying. Captain America is awesome, Squirrel Boy and Tree-Man are not.

  • Unfortunately I don't have anything to hold on to. NOT EVEN DREAMS!


  • Sept. 18, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Slither was extremely well presented

    by Sean

    It was tight, funny, the effects worked for both the horror and the humor. Come to think of it, $10 says Nathan Fillion might have made a phone call or two on this one. Should be a blast.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Good for him!

    by the1980mutant

    Im excited about this. Not sure how we are going to get a raccoon to transfer into this big screen world, but this is what comics are about. Dude sounds pretty cool too. Let's dont hate it until we see it. Hopefully its not going to be a Howard the Duck fiasco (although that movie shares a warm part with some of my childhood).

  • The whole War of Kings, Rain of Kings, etc and everything since has been awesome.

  • Hopefully, we'll get Black Panther next.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Why I think Guardians of the Galaxy will work

    by migmog

    Our tastes in sci-fi movies have been based on a layered foundation of Star wars movies the first 2 Alien movies and Blade Runner et al. Studios seeking to capitalise on the success of the aforementioned and their peers have run into the consistent problem of not focusing on story plot or characterisation in favour of appealing to the widest demographic. Furthermore having failed to manage the opportunity the next failure is in the marketing. There is a real sense of confidence about what Marvel are doing at the moment. There seems to be a plan. I believe James Gunn will create the sense of wonder many of us felt when we watched Avengers. He will be doing this with an unknown but engaging set of characters. If this were one man working on his own then I could see how this could fail but there is a brain trust at Marvel which their competition can only look at with awe. This film may not reach Avengers numbers but it has the potential to do so. I am willing this to succeed and so should all of you Cosmic entities on the big screen ftw

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Never read the comic

    by Johnboy40

    But, as a fan of Whedon, and of the MCU overall, I have no problem with waiting to see how they work this and where they take it. I have no problem with a talking rodent and a walking tree in a marvel movie. In the MCU thus far we have had a highly advanced race of aliens who look just like us and passed themselves off as goods, and a race of blue skinned cannon fodder. Why do people assume that the public will be put off by a rodent. This movie has a huge thing going for it..the marvel flip-book logo currently has a huge amount of goodwill. after all, according to roughly 50% of talkbackers, TDKR was rubbish. Still took more than a billion at the box office.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 5:24 a.m. CST

    I know this is the Talkback and I shouldn't be surprised but..

    by Aidil_Afham

    I can't believe the shit I'm reading from some of you idiots. A popular franchise being adapted, you bitch. A successfull movie getting sequels, you bitch. A completely original off the tangent adaptation, you bitch about not knowing who they are and not caring. Aaaannd you go judge the movie 2 years into the future based on your..lack of knowledge. Fuck off assholes.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 5:28 a.m. CST

    huge marvel fan in the 80's and early 90's

    by Rakesh Patel

    and i never heard of Guardians of the Galaxy. oh well.. here's hoping it works.

  • i don't get it.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 6:24 a.m. CST

    They better be careful with this one

    by Dazzler69

    They are getting too drunk with Marvel power. This movie should be made on the cheap. With good storytelling for once.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Have the Guardians land on planet Hulk

    by zyuray2

    Theres your Avenger cameo

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 6:38 a.m. CST


    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Amen to that! Never could understand the 'waaah, not well known enough for a movie' argument. Just be happy it's not another remake or way too late prequel.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Has anyone seen Ghost Rider 2?

    by Pablo

    And if so, what did you guys think of it?

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST

    jackpalancesgonads, I walked out of Ghost Rider 2 . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . and I'd never walked out of a film before that. The time my date made us leave American Psycho doesn't count.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST

    And I am 100% on board w/ Guardians . . .

    by Nice Marmot

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Is this another Zack Snyder movie about Owls?

    by Zombiana_Jones

    ...Because I'm afraid of Owls.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    They're making this just to show off DC

    by chien_sale

    That they can do a space movie and they cannot. lol

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Green Lantern Continued

    by jemagee

    WTF - "Didn't get it" I got it - I like ryan reynolds, I had hope for Blake Lively being talented (she's not) - it was STUPID - it was a bad movie - sheesh some people just can't say 'yes it was a bad movie' and move on

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Michael Rooker

    by coverdale

    I think Michael Rooker (a friend of James Gunn) would be awesome as the voice of Rocket Raccoon.

  • nt

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST


    by Prem1x

    The dialogue should be easy to write.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    I actually liked Ghost Rider 2 more than Ghost Rider.

    by sweeneydave

    With the first one, I kept wanting to fast forward.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Steve Buscemi? Fuck off. Raccoon's voice has to be someone salty....

    by Ultron ver 2.0 Mel Gibson, or even better...RIP TORN. Janeen!!!! Where's my SALTY DOG??!??!

  • Although awesome in comics, how many of the lusted after 18-34 year old males are going to watch a raccoon and an Ent?

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Gee, dunno..

    by dasaroo

    How many of them went to see the fuckin talking teddy?

  • ...clearly I don't see what detractors are thinking. The choice is inspired.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Good vibes from this project...

    by SpiceWonBruce

    As a lifelong Marvel fan, I had never even heard of The Guardians of the Galaxy. And at first, the news and concept art took me back--especially the scowling squirrel alien with the giant cannon. But I looked over it again, did some research and read some of the books. GOTG has potential. This looks to be a project from the heart--the TRUE Marvel movie we have been waiting for. This isn't like the previous Marvel Studios productions which were blatant excuses to shove cross-promotional merchandise down your throat (search your feelings--you know it to be true). There is serious creative vision going into this project and I think we're bound to be surprised with the final result.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    The real question is...

    by Ribbons will they fit Dr. Pepper into this movie?

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Patrick Steward For Rocket Racoon

    by Phategod2

    I say English and very Famous just make it absurd.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    what a shitty article


    AICN is so cool, it's the place I go to read headlines and then go to google to do my own research

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    i love these trainwrecks

    by dioxholsters_scion

    give me more Marvel

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Guardians officially now a project that's dead to me.

    by Nintendarth

    James Gunn? Look at his resume. Wow. Failure.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Um, Jason Statham for Rocket.

    by Nintendarth


  • Sept. 22, 2012, 12:47 a.m. CST

    No women are good enough for a Marvel movie according to Marvel.

    by Nintendarth

    But GUARDIANS is. Wow. Failure.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 3:54 a.m. CST

    I'm still shocked Marvel is going to make this into a movie!

    by Violator90

    This can go either way: a very pleasant surprise or just a total clusterfuck. Regardless, its a gutsy move by them taking a risk on this, so I have to be curious as to how this movie is going to turn out. But as many have pointed out this has a talking raccoon and a talking tree, and the track record of Hollywood's movie with talking creatures ain't that good:GARFIELD, MARMADUKE, ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE, SCOOBY DOO of course. So the scales are tipping on the Bad Idea side a bit, but let's see what's the story like and how the final images of the characters turn out to get a better vibe on this, but for now we have to wait and see.

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    A well deserved choice and big congrats to James Gunn.

    by Lord Elric

    Been seeing his work since the Troma days. We're in very good hands, here.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Guaranteed to be Marvel Studios' first post-AVENGERS flop

    by Nintendarth

    Let's get ready for it! The talking raccoon movie nobody will see! HOORAY for targeting fanboys as a viable audience! Failure. DREDD proves it.