Joss Whedon may be the mastermind behind Marvel’s big-screen dominance, but it turns out even he thought the deep-space-set Guardians of the Galaxy was a bad idea when the company announced it.
In an interview with Collider, Whedon said he was iffy on the prospects of a standalone Guardians film because he thought the concept was too far-fetched to fit with the Marvel grand plan. But once director James Gunn was hired and he got to check out some concept art, he was sold.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
"It seemed out there to me [initially, the idea] came from Kevin Fiege. I sort of went 'I don't know about this'. Then they brought on James Gunn, and as soon as they said James, the movie started to make sense to me in a away that it hadn't. I was like 'Oh this isn't a guy that's gonna chase Star Wars, he's gonna make a James Gunn movie. And James' first thing was 'Oh I love Rocket, it's all the raccoon.' People were like, 'Really, a raccoon?' He was like 'The raccoon is the heart'. And knowing that, I felt very safe. And casting Chris Pratt. I was just there before they started production, and seeing all the designs and stuff... I got really jealous. I was like, 'Why can't I make this movie?' I really got turned 180 on that one."
Whedon seems to have the golden touch when it comes to comic-book movies, so it's nice to know that he’s on board with everything Gunn is doing. Guardians is definitely the riskiest Marvel film yet, so it's probably a good sign that the project at least has a fan in Whedon.
Do you think Guardians will prove to be a hit, or a rare misstep from the studio?