Marvel Studios and Disney are moving full-steam ahead when it comes to putting the pieces in place for Phase 2, including a new release date for The Avengers 2 (May 1, 2015) to go along with the already-announced Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. When it comes to that last one, Heat Vision reports today that James Gunn (Super, Slither) is now in talks to direct the film, proving once again that Marvel is in the game of taking risks and trusting below-the-radar talent when it comes to assigning directors for their monster comic book movies. For example, Thor 2 will be directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones), with Captain America 2 being helmed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Community). Heck, even Shane Black was an unexpected choice to direct Iron Man 3.
Heat Vision claims Marvel likes Gunn's geeky sensibilities, and the way he mixes comedy elements with action and horror. This was one of the big selling points for Joss Whedon, and that worked out like gangbusters for them. Guardians of the Galaxy will be Marvel's greatest challenge, though, at least throughout these first two phases. It's primarily a space-set adventure featuring various creatures, including a badass gun-toting racoon. The latest plot synopsis claims the film will be "about a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants." It's a tough sell, but Gunn is an inspired choice and one we applaud.
Is Gunn the right guy for the job? Can he handle the pressure of this type of film, which will be unlike anything he's ever worked on? Only time will tell, but we're certainly rooting for him.
For more on Guardians of the Galaxy, check out our complete beginner's guide to the property and its characters.
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