Joss Whedon on Guardians of the Galaxy and James Gunn’s Love of Raccoons

Guardians of the Galaxy Comic BookWhatever James Gunn comes up with for Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”, one thing’s for sure — the talking raccoon will definitely be in it. This according to “Avengers” writer/director Joss Whedon, who was recently anointed the architecture of Marvel’s Phase 2 (and decidedly very space/magic-based) films. Given that Gunn’s “Guardians” will figure prominently into the plot and events of Whedon’s “The Avengers 2″ (which Whedon is scheduled to write and direct), it stands to reason that whatever ideas Gunn comes up with will have to go through Marvel and Whedon first.

According to Whedon, though, Gunn has just started on his script, but he already thinks it’ll be groovy:

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 wider audience].’ And then they said, ‘Well, we’re thinking about using James Gunn.’ And I said, ‘Oh, then no, you’re fine.’ 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.’ People don’t understand how influential that movie was about heroes, about taking heroes and making them mundane. And [he directed] ‘Super.’

Gunn does, indeed, have a pretty extensive list of credits dealing with superheroes and aliens, so in a lot of ways Marvel hiring him to write and direct “Guardians of the Galaxy” is probably their safest bet. Given his past films, he also seems to have the kooky gene that is needed to make a movie about a mostly alien team of space superheroes as eclectic as “Guardians” work. And, of course, don’t forget the gun-wielding, talking space raccoon.

Whedon continues:

He has a very twisted take on it, but it all comes from a real love for 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!

Just don’t beat him too hard, Joss. We wouldn’t want Gunn wounded before he starts shooting “Guardians of the Galaxy”, which is currently scheduled for 2014, with “The Avengers 2″ following suit a year later. The two films are expected to be very closely tied, possibly even featuring the same purple-skinned villain.

Via : MTV