James Gunn and Chris Pratt are less than a year away from launching their work Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to the big screen, completing one of the most unexpectedly successful trilogies in cinema history. The threequel recently celebrated its final day of filming ahead of its May 5, 2023 release date, as the Guardians look to once again make their mark on the fandom.
To say that no one saw this team’s success coming could be taken as a huge understatement, as only die-hard Marvel Comics fans even knew who the Guardians were before their on-screen debut in 2014. The recipe was spot on to say the least. strange – an unknown director, Andy from Parks and Recreation as the lead character, and the two biggest stars in the film alone as voiceover roles all participating in the emerging Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It is safe to say that most projections for Guardians of the Universe were quite modest in 2014, especially against Phase 2 sequels like Iron Man 3† Thor: The Dark Worldand Captain America: The Winter Soldier† Now, as the third film in his trilogy prepares for its own theater run, director James Gunn looks back on this unlikely journey with a specific focus on those naysayers.
Gunn and Pratt’s Wild Run with Guardians
Guardians of the Universe trilogy director James Gunn took to Twitter to reflect on the naysayers and doubters he and his cast faced prior to the release of their first movie in the MCU.
Responding to a fan who looked back at how many people asked if fans needed the first Guardians movie, Gunn. noted how many times he and the team were bombarded with those kinds of questions. He even added a specific February 2014 article stating that: Guardians of the Universe would be a flop:
“And the cast & crew and I were constantly harassed by articles like this (Guardians made more money than any of the other characters’ first films.)”
Gunn knew about the article thanks to Star-Lord actor Chris Pratt, who included it as part of a list of headlines like the one he gave on the last day of shooting for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3†
“I knew this article because Chris Pratt gave a beautiful speech on the last day of filming Vol 3, where he listed a minute’s worth of headlines and quotes like this one.”
Gunn also responded to another fan praising Gunn for taking “D-thrush” characters such as Star-Lord and DC’s Peacemaker, noting how the post was “about the characters” themselves rather than Pratt and Peacemaker’s John Cena:
For those of you yelling that John isn’t a D-lister, the original poster is talking about the characters, not the actors.
While thanking another fan for praising his work on those characters, he also made sure no one was “undervalue” some of the lesser-known heroes with comics that have been just as successful as those with more recognizable characters:
“Thanks! But maybe you’re underestimating some of those ‘d-list’ Marvel characters, whose comics have been selling as much as Superman and WW for twenty years or more (Batman, on the other hand, is, and almost always is, a comics powerhouse).”
Overcoming opportunities by popularizing guardians
eight years later Guardians of the Universe Made its way to theaters as Marvel Studios’ 10th film, the team is a household name and has fans waiting to see where they go in the MCU. Gunn and Pratt have come forward to prove all the doubters wrong with their work under the Marvel Studios umbrella, and it’s almost a minor miracle to see them reach such high peaks.
It even seemed emotional for Gunn to be reminded of those naysayers like Guardians 3The shoot came to a close, with Pratt taking the sentimental route and reflecting on their journey together. One can only imagine how many other negative headlines he’s brought back into the spotlight as they completed their third and possibly biggest solo film for Star-Lord and his ragtag band of misfits.
Now the Guardians are set for arguably the greatest year they’ve ever had as a unit, with three appearances in line for 2022 just before their third solo outing next year. The animated Baby Groot will be in the spotlight in August I am tall while almost the entire team will shine in live-action during Thor: Love and Thunder and this year’s Holiday Specialall before next year, taking the team to a new level of excitement.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will hit theaters on May 5, 2023.