Joss Whedon has taken time out from promoting his low-budget take on Much Ado About Nothing to give an update on the Marvel day-job, including a couple of tidbits regarding The Avengers 2 as well as James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy .
“I enter upon Avengers 2 with a different mindset than I did the first one,” explains Whedon. “I feel like I know so well what it is that I want to accomplish, and like Much Ado , I now have a real sense of the troop I’m working with and the strictures and the opportunities.”
Whedon has also been keeping an eye on the other projects currently bubbling away over at Marvel, and has been waxing lyrical about James Gunn’s take on Guardians Of The Galaxy .
“I’ve talked to [ Marvel ] about the story from the beginning, and the different drafts,” explains the director. “One of the questions they asked me was ‘What do you think of James Gunn?’ And I giggled like a school girl because I was like, ‘Oh, this movie is going to work.’”
“My only piece of advice has been: I want to hear more of James. Let’s pull out the formula. Give me more James. Make it weirder. The only way to achieve that Star Wars vibe is not to chase it – is to try to be an original universe and have all the fun and do all the stuff.
“And James is… he’s perfect for that because even I said, ‘A raccoon?’ And James’s thing was, ‘Here’s the deal. It’s about the raccoon. This is why I love it: because of the raccoon and the tree.’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, that’s the guy you need.’”
Guardians Of The Galaxy opens in the UK on 1 August 2014 with The Avengers 2 set to follow on 1 May 2015.