With the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 this week and his upcoming tenure as co-CEO of DC Studios set to begin in earnest in the coming months, director James Gunn recently gave a lengthy and wide-ranging interview to The Hollywood Reporter.
One of the most interesting bits in THR‘s piece came when Gunn was discussing some of the choices that his beloved Guardians of the Galaxy made — particularly Peter Quill/Star-Lord — when they were under the stewardship of other filmmakers, most notably, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
When the characters appeared in the Avengers two-part epic directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Gunn saw disconnects with certain storylines. “They did some things that I wouldn’t have wanted,” says Gunn of the films. (Yes, he says, Star-Lord would have killed Gamora if she asked him to; no, he would not have punched Thanos and doomed the universe.) [via The Hollywood Reporter]
Gunn’s frustration with the Infinity War baggage is even evident in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as one of the official clips from the film that’s being used in the marketing features Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord ranting about the absurd situation those films left the team in.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Chukwudi Iwuji, Will Poulter, Elizabeth Debicki, Maria Bakalova, and Sylvester Stallone — hits theaters in the United States on Friday, May 5. You can check out our full review of the film here.
After he wraps up his press tour for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Gunn will be diving head first into his next film, Superman: Legacy, which is currently in the midst of its casting process. According to reports from inside the industry, Gunn and fellow DC Studios co-CEO Peter Safran could have a new cinematic Clark Kent selected by the end of the summer.
At this time, the Gunn-helmed Superman: Legacy will hit theaters on July 11, 2025.