Is James Gunn Suffering The Same MARVEL-Sized Pressures Joss Whedon Did?

The fact that James Gunn has been very active as of late, giving away Easter eggs for the avid Guardians Of The Galaxy(GOTG) fans who cannot get enough, is certainly commendable, in order to keep interest in the series while various Marvel franchises are in and out of production.

Movie Pilot is one of the sources who reported “The Last Supper” shot from the end of the first movie with Groot, so even now the evergreen quality of the first product is still making its rounds while the second movie is in production.

But these can only be seen as spoilers to those who are not following the massive money-making giant that are Marvel properties these days, which are easily considered to be very few since Hollywood has been working overtime branching out with spin-offs and sequels.

For instance, it’s been reported that James Gunn has hinted at a possible crossover between Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers, which may just be talk generated by someone who hadn’t considered the idea yet, and since James Gunn is full of them, he seems genuinely excited about it enough to agree that it could possibly happen.

The producers feel that thus far, James Gunn can do it now and do it right!

Joss Whedon at Evengers premiere
U.S. director Joss Whedon, posed with The Avengers during the Japan premiere of Age of Ultron in Tokyo, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. [image by Shizuo Kambayashi | AP Photo]

And the Marvel universe has lately been a market which has played all of its cards right, creating movie making titans out of James Gunn and increasing the already trusted brand of others like Joss Whedon, who still seems to pivot a lot of his decisions on his past “failures” which seems to have served him well.

For instance, Whedon has been very vocal about a particular “failure” called Alien:Resurrection, where — aside from believing it was cast wrong — he feels everything that could go wrong, did.

But keeping a career afloat in the Marvel universe is about as hard as it is, sitting through one of their hyperactive action sequences, as Slash Film reported that James Gunn has said, he isn’t sure he will be returning for a GOTG 3, which was the sense many involved in the Q&A session on Facebook got.

Guardians of the Galaxy writer, director James Gunn at Comicon in 2013. [Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0]

“Right now I really am just concerned with doing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I’m not sure what I’m going to do after this. Marvel has talked to me about continuing on. I’m not sure if that’s what I want to do or if that’s not what I want to do. I really just want to make Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 the greatest possible movie that I can, and something that’s as honest and sincere and true as it can possibly be.”

This is a bit of a change as according to the article; initially, James Gunn had said that he had so much fun making the first GOTG that he went ahead and signed on to do the sequel before the first movie had even been released in the theaters.

In much the same way, even as the sequel is filming, he seems to already express some reluctance to do a third one this early in the process.

In much the same way, Joss Whedon has revealed how much pressure he got from the studio to make The Avengers sequel, that he decided to back out of doing a third.

The Guardian was one of the sources that wrote about him backing out.

“‘I couldn’t imagine doing this again,’ said Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly. ‘It’s enormously hard, and it [would be] a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it’s very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life.’ He added: ‘I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel universe – I love these guys – but it ain’t easy. This year has been more like running three shows than any year of my life. It is bonkers.'”

In February, The Inquisitr wrote about a FOX Networks executive who made a comment about Deadpool‘s success in relation to the Marvel franchise to which James Gunn responded aggressively, bringing to the public’s attention the movie making disasters that resulted from pushing things too far, using the X-Men as an example.

Of course, there is no doubt that viewers and/or GOTG fans will want to hear more of what James Gunn has to say. As long as he’s willing to point out bonus footage to keep the conversation going – despite that he’s promised to no longer reveal any more of what people should expect from GOTG 2, it’s hard to say if he’s going to stop.

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