Why Whedon thinks James Gunn will do right by Marvel's Guardians

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Dec 17, 2012

Joss Whedon is to Marvel what Christopher Nolan has been to DC. The writer/director delivered Marvel's most successful superhero movie to date and is somewhat of an authority on their cinematic universe. The studio's next team-up movie—Guardians of the Galaxy—is slightly more ambitious than The Avengers, but Whedon thinks it's in good hands.

While promoting his latest film, Much Ado About Nothing, Whedon spoke to MTV about Guardians director James Gunn. He admitted he was initially worried about the comic being adapted, but once Gunn came on board, his nerves subsided.

"James is what makes me think it will work. I myself was sort of like, 'Well, I liked Rocket Raccoon as a kid, but I'm not sure how that plays [to a more mature crowd]," revealed Whedon. "And then they said, 'Well, we're thinking about using James Gunn.' And I said, 'Oh no, you're fine.'"

So what makes Gunn the right man for the job? Whedon believes he has a fresh and "twisted take" on the characters.

"He is so off the wall, and so crazy, but so smart, such a craftsman and he builds from his heart. He loves the raccoon. Needs the raccoon. This is the guy who wrote The Specials, which is one of the most important movies. People don't understand how influential that movie was about heroes, about taking heroes and making them mundane," said Whedon.

"And [he directed] Super," he continued. "He's got a very twisted take on it, but it all comes from a real love of the material. It's going to be hard for the humans to keep up. I know he's going to come from left field and I'm going to go, 'What?' And then, 'Of course, why didn't I think of that?' And then I'm going to beat him!"

That's high praise for Gunn. Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled to hit theaters Aug. 1, 2014.

Do you think Gunn has what it takes?

(via MTV News)