Rumors have been swirling about who would be directing Guardians of the Galaxy since its announcement in July. This has been Marvel’s biggest question mark in the post-Avengers phase of their mega-successful films.
Given the source material about an alien police force that includes a tree and a raccoon, many thought it an impossible task to mesh a film version of the offbeat comic with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The choice would have to be nigh perfect.
And while Joss Whedon all but cemented his choice for director of the space adventure film in a recent interview, the chosen one only today revealed himself via his Facebook. James Gunn will officially be helming Guardians of the Galaxy.
“As a 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,” Gunn said on his Facebook page. “Kevin [Fiege , Marvel President], 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.”
Given the fact that Gunn has heretofore only made quirky indie and sci-fi films like Super and Slither, many are questioning Marvel’s decision. But those who are fans of his films, as Whedon and Fiege are, believe such a far-out director is the perfect, and perhaps only, choice for such a far-out film.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014.