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Chris Pratt and director James Gunn talk details and humor of Guardians of the Galaxy

Dec. 31, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt revealed details about their upcoming Phase 2 Marvel flick GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY to Empire Magazine, addressing the risks, theme, humor, and story. The cosmic-set tale is a first for a Marvel film, which can be a risky venture, but Pratt feels it's well in line with the company's risks thus far.

"Maybe it's a risk, I dunno. I think every movie Marvel's made has been a risk and they're risks that pay off really big. So I hope for the movie's sake, and my sake, that this one pays off. The story's really good and Marvel really knows what they're doing."

The obvious comparisons to STAR WARS have come up in the past, but director James Gunn offers up a counter to that argument, saying it's got a healthy balance of the space-themed films of the past, including an unexpected one...unless you're unfamiliar with his past work.

"It's not as broad as Galaxy Quest but it's not a straightforward space fantasy like Star Wars. I think it's the sort of the best of both of those films put together...and more!"

I'm sure the GALAXY QUEST comparison will ruffle some feathers, but if you've ever seen a James Gunn film (or the teaser for GUARDIANS shown at Comic Con), you'll know that humor plays a key role in his work. Without it, I'm sure he'd catch as much shit for "selling out" and playing it straight. Thankfully, that doesn't seem to be the case.

In terms of the story, the magazine reveals that "the team comes together when Peter Quill is thrown in jail and they then band together to escape and "go after a treasure that they all want for different reasons." The Comic Con teaser showed all of the GUARDIANS captured and in jail, so that sounds consistent. Gunn elaborated on the this element, emphasizing the arc of these characters that takes them from shady solo characters to a team of heroes.

"Our characters are basically all villains to begin with. They don't believe they're individually good and they don't believe each other is good, and through the course of the movie they discover they're heroes. If The Avengers are The Beatles, these guys are The Rolling Stones."

Cool stuff. Between CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY I expect another kick ass year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (actually, a BETTER year altogether). I believe Gunn was the right guy for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY from the get-go and the cast that's come together is amazeballs. Can't wait for that first trailer...

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY invades the universe on August 01, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: You know there's going to be a hell of a post-credits scene in Guardians with The Avengers: Age of Ultron to follow it. How do you think they'll do it?

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1:57PM on 01/02/2014
I'm really looking forward to this, but I feel like this could very well be a flop. I hope it's not and I like what they're doing with it, but as far as risks, this is probably the biggest one so far. It is just so different from everything else in the MCU so far. And considering how important it will be to the MCU as far as future films go, I really hope it's one of the better Marvel movies.
I'm really looking forward to this, but I feel like this could very well be a flop. I hope it's not and I like what they're doing with it, but as far as risks, this is probably the biggest one so far. It is just so different from everything else in the MCU so far. And considering how important it will be to the MCU as far as future films go, I really hope it's one of the better Marvel movies.
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6:53PM on 12/31/2013
James Gunn doesn't have a spotless track record but I think he's a great choice to helm this. I can't fault any of Marvel's choices for directors so far, really.
James Gunn doesn't have a spotless track record but I think he's a great choice to helm this. I can't fault any of Marvel's choices for directors so far, really.
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2:49PM on 12/31/2013
Accidentally discovered the leaked trailer and while its more of a teaser it is mind-blowing. I seriously can't even process it. Be assured it sets up the tone perfectly.
Accidentally discovered the leaked trailer and while its more of a teaser it is mind-blowing. I seriously can't even process it. Be assured it sets up the tone perfectly.
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2:10PM on 12/31/2013
This film, along with Ant-Man will be the game changers for Marvel. Can't wait to finally see a full trailer for this film.
This film, along with Ant-Man will be the game changers for Marvel. Can't wait to finally see a full trailer for this film.
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1:32PM on 12/31/2013

All though I love this article,

That term "Amazeballs", ......please don't use that term unless you are a high schooler
That term "Amazeballs", ......please don't use that term unless you are a high schooler
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1:49PM on 12/31/2013
You just calm down.
You just calm down.
1:06PM on 12/31/2013
Whats up with the Sony Walkman?
Whats up with the Sony Walkman?
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1:42PM on 12/31/2013
In the description of the Comic Con footage its something that Star-Lord has on him in prison.
In the description of the Comic Con footage its something that Star-Lord has on him in prison.
2:02PM on 12/31/2013
Star Lord is from Wisconsin I believe (but his father is from Spartax), so it might be a bit of Earth technology he took with him before he went off into space.
Star Lord is from Wisconsin I believe (but his father is from Spartax), so it might be a bit of Earth technology he took with him before he went off into space.
2:39PM on 12/31/2013
Thanks. Its been awhile since I thought a walkman looked cool.
Thanks. Its been awhile since I thought a walkman looked cool.
1:05PM on 12/31/2013
"If The Avengers are The Beatles, these guys are The Rolling Stones."

Okay, I'm in. That sounded awesome.
"If The Avengers are The Beatles, these guys are The Rolling Stones."

Okay, I'm in. That sounded awesome.
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1:38PM on 12/31/2013
Yup, I liked that comparison too.
Yup, I liked that comparison too.
1:01PM on 12/31/2013

Extra tidbit

Maybe it'll be a trailer for Age of Ultron. At this point it seems fair to say that Cap 2 will have a trailer for Guardians so Guardians will probably have one for Avengers.
Maybe it'll be a trailer for Age of Ultron. At this point it seems fair to say that Cap 2 will have a trailer for Guardians so Guardians will probably have one for Avengers.
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12:59PM on 12/31/2013
I like the music comparison. And I don't think Galaxy quest is all that broad. I think it has a nice mix of sci-fi action/adventure and comedy. Like a sci-fi Ghostbusters or Shaun of the Dead. Not parody (although meta), just finds the humor in what's happening
I like the music comparison. And I don't think Galaxy quest is all that broad. I think it has a nice mix of sci-fi action/adventure and comedy. Like a sci-fi Ghostbusters or Shaun of the Dead. Not parody (although meta), just finds the humor in what's happening
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12:51PM on 12/31/2013
I would love to see the Comic Con trailer in HQ. I refuse to watch the cam copy that was floating around. I can't wait to see Chris Pratt in this movie. I haven't seen much of his work other than a couple episodes of Parks & recreation and his TV interviews, but he comes off as an overall good dude. I wonder when we will get a full trailer
I would love to see the Comic Con trailer in HQ. I refuse to watch the cam copy that was floating around. I can't wait to see Chris Pratt in this movie. I haven't seen much of his work other than a couple episodes of Parks & recreation and his TV interviews, but he comes off as an overall good dude. I wonder when we will get a full trailer
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