James Gunn Posts Heartfelt GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Message

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I’ve now seen Guardians of the Galaxy twice, and I’m not even normally in the bag for Marvel movies.  I liked Iron Man and Iron Man 3 quite a bit, but can sort of take or leave the rest of the films.  I liked The Avengers back when I saw it in the theaters, but it didn’t really stick to my ribs and I haven’t gone in for any additional rounds with the film.  So this one is different to me.  It doesn’t hurt that I’m a fan of writer/director James Gunn (I love Slither and was actually deeply affected by Super during a difficult time in my life), and it gave me a lot of pleasure to see his authorial voice in such a happy place in Guardians.  This is a film I’ll revisit often.

In the wake of the film’s record-breaking box office success, it was nice to see Gunn write such a heartfelt thanks today to all of the people that made the film possible.  Hit the jump to check out James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy message.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-james-gunnGunn posted the following on Facebook:

Thanks to all of you who saw (and are seeing) Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend, from the bottom of my heart.  The Guardians are a group of oddballs, outcasts, and geeks.  The movie is for anyone who ever felt cast aside, left out, or different. It’s for all of us who don’t belong.  This movie belongs to you.  And, today, I think we’re doing okay.

I am of course happy with all the film has accomplished box-office-wise.  But what touches me the most is that the film I told the folks at Marvel I wanted to make two years ago is the film that you’re seeing in theaters today – it’s that so many of you seem to be directly EXPERIENCING the film I INTENDED.  The cast, the producers, the crew, and I felt like we were making something special while we were making it. But it is very rare that a director’s INTENTIONS in creating a film, or a scene, or a character, or a line of dialogue are, seemingly, specifically what is experienced by an audience (not to mention critics!), and that seems to be what has happened here. You have allowed a talking raccoon – for a moment, a minute, or a day – to make you a little more human. And for that, I am profoundly grateful.

If I relied on myself to implement these intentions, the film would be a shambling mess.  But instead, I had a wonderful cast, genius producers, an incredibly brave studio, sublimely talented visual effects artists, great editors, and the best damn crew of mostly-British bastards to actually implement these intentions for me.  Where I had a good idea they would, through alchemy, transform it into a great one.  Many of you involved are friends of mine on Facebook.  Many of you will read this somewhere else.  I love you all.

You may remember me posting here a couple weeks ago how sad I was to be finishing up the film, that I was having trouble letting go of Rocket, and that I was going to miss him. But seeing him (and Groot, and the rest of the team) embraced by the world like they have been, to be UNDERSTOOD, makes it a wonderful letting go. It’s like giving a foster pet up for adoption to the most wonderful parents in the world.

And, of course, I’m not really saying goodbye as, while many of you have been enjoying the film, I’ve spent this weekend hard at work on the sequel.  I couldn’t help myself! The results are nice but it’s really the creative process I love and that keeps me going.  I’m on fire with this thing!  The Guardians have so many hardships and heartaches and triumphs ahead of them, and I can’t wait to share them with all of you.

Onto week two…

Love, James

Personally I can’t wait for the sequel.  That’s rare for me, but I loved spending time with these characters.

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  • Josh Harding

    Guardians of the Galaxy was incredible, and it may in fact be my favorite Marvel movie, if I were to annoyingly rank them individually (I’m not fond of when people do that with films), even above The Avengers, which I really love a lot. Gunn knocked this out of the park, and it was quite simply one of the most exhilarating film-going experiences of my life. I went with a big group of my closest friends, and it accomplished all that he set out to do as a filmmaker with us; we truly did leave the theater loving and appreciating each other more!

  • theseeker7

    I’m with ya on Guardians, but man the Avengers has got to be one of the most rewatchable movies of the last decade. I’ve seen the entire thing at least 4 times, and watched other parts a whole lot.

    • Mezmero

      I can’t speak for everybody but this is in a class of it’s own outside the assembly of a team. I agree Avengers is a movie you can’t watch over and over but you can’t say this wasn’t. This was the same formula but with a diffrent setting but the same hart. I really felt like I was watching something original and it took me to another world but it stays true to the MCU.
      I think this was the best since Avengers.

  • TedSallis

    A great movie that deserves all the success. I loved it and am happy to see word of mouth just off the charts for folks I know who saw it. Sorry TNMT, you’re going to open at number 2 next weekend.

    • MIXTER

      I would have doubted that at one point, but, since i just found out tmnt doesnt open here in the UK till 17th october!! yep, fuckin winter time! I fear you may be correct!

      • TedSallis

        As good as Guardians was TNMT might still open behind it in October!

      • Werefon

        I feel ya, man. Lucy won’t open here for a few more months. Wish I was Here won’t open at all. And I am Legend opened here like 8 months after its worldwide premiere. You might guess how many people watched it In theaters and how many downloaded it because it was leaked in a good quality on the net. The same happened with The Dark Knight.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I hate to break this to you, but the studio lied to you if they told you I am Legend only opened 8 months ago. It’s been 7 years. /comedy

      • Werefon

        No it wasn’t for me. It’s a good movie Will Smith fighting with Robots. Yeah, I liked it.
        /fail

      • Guest

        read the comment again, it makes sense.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I know it did, the joke is based on the presumption that they’re just now getting I Am Legend, and that WB lied and told them it only came out 8 months ago.

      • Kyle Chandler

        Not sure if it makes you feel better, but i’d place Lucy firmly in the “rent it” category.

  • frankzubek

    That’s a classy letter to the fans. Thanks for sticking to your guns. Looking forward to part two!

    • Mike

      *gunns FTFY

  • MIXTER

    just saw GOTG tonight, very good! Wasnt mind blown, but it was awesome! Preferred it over Avengers too which i only saw once but also enjoyed. Gunn has been in my cool-book since Slither and Super, loved both of those. My only 2 tiny gripes with guardians, was i wish Groot had a lot more dialogue. And some of the visuals, as spectacular as they were, at times suffered from visual overload, in that transformers style. As in too much detail and movement to focus on. but in general, it was a great fun ride.

    • Daniel Ronczkowski

      There is no more for groot to say lol

    • Random Bystander

      When you say you wish Groot had more dialogue, I hope you mean that you wish he said “I am Groot” more.

      • Joe

        That “We are Groot” line was killer though. Hit me “right in the feels” as they say.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        “Learn genders!”

      • Werefon

        It didn’t hit you! It hooked you on a feeling.

  • MIXTER

    hey collider, you need a spam filter or a flag button. delete this shit. NO ONE on planet earth is gonna visit that link!

    • jocab_w

      Dude, his friend’s step-mother made over $7000 in a month! You’d be a fool not to believe it.

  • MJ

    A W E S O M E ! ! ! ! !

  • fechu1922

    great fucking soundtrack as well

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  • Manuel Orozco

    I’m seeing it next Friday the 15th

    • LEM

      What theater? which row of seats? you buy concessions there or wear your big coat and smuggle in ya twizzlers.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I’m not telling

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Twizzler smuggler…is that a euphemism?

      • Werefon

        Not anymore.

  • appolox

    Guardians was one of the 1st films I’ve seen in a long time where I felt a connection with each and every character. It not only showed me that creativity still has a place in cinema, but that is good to embrace your weirdness. Rock on James Gunn.

  • mattinacan

    wow this film was amazing. my theater gave it a standing O which i am never seen before. this was the best marvel film by a wide margin.

    • LEM

      So you saw everyones standing O face?

  • Bloost

    I loved Gamora. Best character so far in the franchise.

    • Werefon

      Yeah, Green Whore.

      • Kyle Chandler

        Actually, that’s the one line i didn’t like. That word is just a little too loaded (especially since Quill is quite obviously a bigger whore by comparison), and it stuck out to me. I know the point was that even though he called her that, he defends her right after to make the point, but I just didn’t think that line worked well. A different insult would’ve been better.

  • Merlin235

    I’m very much looking for GOTG 2. That wet my appetite, and now that I know it’ll work as a feature I’d love to see more. I felt like they had too many characters they were trying to introduce. I’d love to see a sequel in a more relaxed pace.

  • Wallace

    Just saw it in iMax 3D with the whole family. Hard to believe but there was something for each of us. That has got to be one of my all time favorite opening sequences. after the intro, you just don’t see it coming. It was a little overload on the CGI at times, but then that is what will bring you back to see it again, among a great many things. If this is the future of movie making, I’m in for as long as I can get myself into the theater. Bravo!

    • Mezmero

      I agree that was best way to follow the death of his mother it made all the people sad about the mother do a 180 Lmao

  • Mezmero

    I have to tell everybody that wants to say this isn’t worth seeing again to reconsider. It’s everything you would want in a film not just a comicbook movie!!

  • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

    I am Groot!

  • DEADP00L

    Hello? Is this the Batman v>>S<<. Superman production people? Yes I'm from THE WORLD and we highly recommend you watching MARVELS Guardians of the Galaxy – because THAT is a superhero movie.

    No cast members sharing their military/political crap
    No constipated 2 dimentional writing
    No angst
    No taking itself waaaay too seriously

    all FUN…and most importantly

    REWATCHABLE

    Just thought I'd let you know..since you know…MARVEL knows what its doing and it's just getting sad now for you guys at WB and DC. It's just SAAAD.

    • JCA

      How would you know what is and what isn’t a “superhero movie”? It’s all about people’s taste and what they relate to because believe it or not, not everyone likes Marvel movies. For me, I have enjoyed them but it seems they have been getting a little too cartoony since the Avengers and have drifted apart from the right balance of comedy, action and drama that was in Iron Man and Incredible Hulk. GOTG was good but joke after joke got a little annoying and took me out of the experience, same goes for Iron Man 3. After watching GOTG I realized I preferred DC’s TDK trilogy and Man of Steel way more as superhero films because of the inspiration and sense of hope that they bring. Not to mention the feeling that something is actually at stake that I never really get from Marvel’s movies because they will always have a happy ending, but I guess that’s what makes them popular. Just hope Disney isn’t influencing Marvel in any way but all that aside I’m glad we have the option of which hero movies we like better.

      • DEADP00L

        I think there was point to this rant but I can’t find it.

        I never enjoyed Nolans take of a non-existant Batman.

      • JCA

        I had a feeling you wouldn’t find it but that’s because you’re a simple minded individual and you just proved my point: everyone has different a preference in movies. Could you imagine a Batman as joke infested as GOTG?

      • DEADP00L

        No I just don’t respond to zero logic narcissists. The logic of ‘how can you know’ is an asinine one. I love how people pull that crap then insist THEY KNOW how the very same movie they themselves haven’t seen yet is good – completely missing the irony of their statement.

        Because animations of Batman never had humor in them… *eyeroll* Batman once sang the blues… nuff said. If you cant see it happening its only because YOU are a coward with no imagination.

      • JCA

        I said I did watch GOTG and I never said I know which movies are good, again you missed my point. I’m not trying to argue if a movie is good or not I’m only trying to make you understand that we all have different tastes in movies and what you said in your first comment about telling the producers of BvS (a movie which no one has seen yet) that GOTG is how you make a superhero movie is not true. I’m starting to realize that it was probably a troll comment regarding your “Marvel vs DC” attitude about things so just forget it.

      • DEADP00L

        Just say you disagree and explain your position instead ofsytarting antagonistic with ‘How would you know what is and what isn’t a “superhero movie”?’ Also, trying to ‘make’ somebody understand your POV that automatically says you think your POV is the higher one when really it’s just your POV – not a fact. And pulling this ‘you’re just a troll’ card is definitely not how you get people on your side.

        GOTG is a NEW approach while the dark, dry, angst, emo hero movies have literally been done for decades. THATS how I know which is good and which isn’t. It all has to do with which what is FRESH and what isn’t and dark super hero movies have been done to death and back.

      • JCA

        It’s not a POV it’s a fact man no type of movie is the RIGHT movie for everyone, case in being that you loved GOTG and some people including myself didn’t like it as much just as how I loved The Dark Knight but you and others probably didn’t as well. I’m fine with that and you should be too, I respect your opinion but don’t go on telling others how you know how a superhero movie should be made.

      • DEADP00L

        No I just don’t respond to zero logic narcissists. The logic of ‘how can you know’ is an asinine one. I love how people pull that crap then insist THEY KNOW how the very same movie they themselves haven’t seen yet is good – completely missing the irony of their statement.

        Because animations of Batman never had humor in them… *eyeroll* Batman once sang the blues… nuff said. If you cant see it happening its only because YOU are a coward with no imagination.

  • http://www.abstractdawn.co.uk/ Nick Gadman

    …and this British bastard thanks you for making it!

    Now, time to shower and go watch it a second time.

  • sawyersolo

    could take or leave most marvel films? wtf?

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      It depends on how you take the films. As suppositories, I’m not than big a fan of any of them.

      • sawyersolo

        then ur not a marvel comics fan i guess

      • sawyersolo

        was suppositories a joke?

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Obviously it was a joke. Unless you’re in the habit of cramming blu-rays up your ass. Pro-tip: You get higher resolution playback in a blu-ray player

      • sawyersolo

        i would not be a fan either if they were delivered to me as suppositories

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I feel like you either had to look up “suppositories” or you responded before reading my entire comment.

      • sawyersolo

        uh it just doesn’t make sense as a joke “It depends on how you take the films. As (like?) suppositories (things you take up the ass), I’m not than big a fan of any of them.

        Here you go: I’m not a big a fan of the Marvel movies, similar to how I feel about suppositories.

        or Watching a marvel movie is like taking something unpleasant up the ass.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        How you take something can also apply to drinks (on the rocks), medicine (as a suppository), etc. Jokes are funnier when subtlety is involved.

      • sawyersolo

        fail

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        From the guy who has evidently next to zero advanced English reading comprehension, that doesn’t mean a whole lot.

      • sawyersolo

        hahaha I’m an English professor…it was poorly conceived and written…just lame

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Hahah, no, no you’re not. lol

      • sawyersolo

        i am

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Hahah, no, no you’re not. lol

      • sawyersolo

        hahaha I’m an English professor…it was poorly conceived and written…just lame

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        From the guy who has evidently next to zero advanced English reading comprehension, that doesn’t mean a whole lot.

      • sawyersolo

        fail

  • https://www.behance.net/jamesrwhite Denty One

    The contrast of the awesome 70′s soundtrack with the beautiful technicolor ship designs was a true thing of beauty. In the 70′s and 80′s there was an influx of kick ass sci-fi art books such as ‘Barlowe’s Guide to Extraterrestrials’ that contained ridiculous and vibrant creatures, spaceships and alien terrains. This movie gave me some serious flashbacks to my time spent in those books as a child. So damn good. But, I want some ELO in the sequel. Yeah, I NEED that.

    • Miguel

      I’m dying to see it, and after reading your comment here I’m even more intrigued. I remember frequently losing myself for hours in a couple of the ‘Terran Trade Authority’ books by Stewart Cowley when I was a kid, and the trailers for Guardians instantly reminded me of them. And my god yes, if the world needs anything, it’s more ELO …in EVERYTHING!

      • Miguel

        Ps- go to vimeo.com and search for ‘Terran Trade Authority Spacecraft 2000-2100 AD’. It’ll probably be right up your street.

  • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

    Okay, while I want to believe this is entirely heartfelt. This part:

    “But what touches me the most is that the film I told the folks at Marvel I wanted to make two years ago is the film that you’re seeing in theaters today – it’s that so many of you seem to be directly EXPERIENCING the film I INTENDED.”

    makes this letter sound like damage control for Marvel, as if Gunn is telling other directors Wright leaving was a fluke, Marvel isn’t over-controlling. It just doesn’t fit with the rest of the letter.

    • Person

      Yeah that part stuck out. Marvel is gonna have some work to do to shake off the AntGate fiasco.

    • deezy

      I dunno..i believe him. Everything about Guardians was pure James Gunn. His fingerprints are all over that movie. I really believe Marvel gave him control because they believed in what he was doing. Similar to the Russo bros. and Cap. America

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        That’s kind of my point: it’s clearly his film, and if you see it, you’d never doubt it. It’s the fact that he feels the need to say that, at all, in a public statement as a follow-up instead of just letting the film make that statement, that makes it sound like a publicity act for damage control.

      • Werefon

        They know that they screwed up big time.

      • Kyle Chandler

        I’m sure it’s in the back of his mind, but I do think this was genuine. I think even without the Edgar Wright thing he would be grateful that he was allowed to make his movie within a huge studio system. All he can do is speak for his own experience.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Oh, I definitely think the man is grateful for the opportunity, and it’s clear he enjoyed it immensely considering he told Frosty in their video interview that he doesn’t want to do another film before jumping into the sequel. It just seemed like a very conscious effort to include that in his thank you, he covers it for like 2 paragraphs.

  • thank_you_gunn

    It’s really very refreshing to see a director’s true intentions for a film actually come to fruition; especially in a film this size. This was a huge studio production but they didn’t make Gunn the typical studio puppet. I really wish studios would let go of the strings with more directors this way. It would have been nice to see Edgar Wrights intentions come to life with the Ant Man movie.

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  • Kyle Chandler

    Haha…they might as well announce James Gunn as the director of GotG 3, already. Awesome just to hear how in love he is with it.

  • Christopher Sims

    Guardians of the Galaxy is not just a great Marvel movie, or Comic Book movie, it is a great movie all around. It started out with a silly Indiana vibe, continued with a silly Star Wars vibe, added a splash of silly Star Trek, and finished linking to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in a silly way.

    It may be one of the Marvel films that can exist outside the MCU. In my opinion, though I never try to rank a film against another film, it is a little more fun than the Avengers and Cap 2, but it is on par with them, as well as Iron Man. Those 4 movies will stand the test of time.

    • Aquartertoseven

      Upon a second viewing, people will Cap 2 for what it is; cliche filled, no character development, predictable, people will start seeing sense. Hopefully. Because their delusions thus far have been embarrassing.

  • Richard

    Didn’t even mention that Nicole Perlman wrote the script and had written it 2 1/2 years before he was even involved. First woman to write a marvel script and he forgets to mention it, but doesn’t forget to thank the gaffers for lightning the set!

    • Kyle Chandler

      Not that it is an excuse for this curious omission, but I get the distinct feeling that her original draft served mostly as a rough outline (similar to the credit they might give Edgar Wright, if any), and that the script is essentially James Gunn’s script.

      He also doesn’t call out any specific names, so I assume he’s including her in the producers / crew.

    • Miguel

      That’s probably because her name is onscreen in huge letters during the opening credits.

      But then, you’d have to have seen the movie to know that.

  • Steve c

    Thats cool. I am hanging back a few weeks as i hate opening weekends as they are so packed, but am anxious to see it. It looks like pure fun. If someone responsible for the film has taken time to thank the paying customers who made it a success and greenlit a sequel, that speaks volumes also. (I’m still waiting for rosario dawson to thank me for spending tons of cash to see her full frontal perfection a while back). Kidding aside though, it’s a cool thing to put out for the fans. I’ve personally never read a guardians comic, and thought the idea sounded stupid. Talking racoon? Then i saw the clips,and the trailer,and just felt this would be an overwhelming sensation. Hopefully the next week or so will get me in to see what all the hype was about, and turn me on to a new director to check out,etc. Either way,congrats on the success, good luck for the sequel,and thanks for the letter to the fanbase (and me,who will probably soon be one by the sounds of things), that was cool to do.

  • Friday

    Yeah, I really Liked it, Glad I went to see it, I think it beet’s most of the Marvel First’s, But think maby Cap.2. was a little bit better. That said, It’s a start, great intro to the Characters, and it came Full Circle.
    There was Only ONE thing I did’nt like in this Movie: After Credit’s Scene. Had heard it was bad, and it really was. The thing just did’nt look good, and was kinda pointless. Was’nt expecting anything shocking, but that thing was just not Funny.
    All in all, Great Movie, Glad I watched it, Recomand to anyone, Can’t wait for the Next One.

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