If you are a Marvel fan then you must know who Kevin Feige is right? Kevin Feige is President of Marvel Studios and he knows his stuff. I’ve had the privilege of interviewing him more than once and every time is a pleasure. During this interview, we also had Director James Gunn. James Gunn also directed the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie and is slated to be directing Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3. He’s also done most of the writing for all three.
And just in case you’re living under a rock and didn’t know that Guardians of the Galaxy Volume two is now in theaters, well now you know.
The opening scene is an epic scene with so much going on it, I bet you can’t take it all in. James talked about how he storyboarded the entire sequence.
Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 both succeed with a great mix of music. Of course we had to find out what inspires the music mix, and guess what? One of the songs actually came from a suggestion James received on twitter.
So how were the other songs chosen?
I mean, you know, listen. I have a list of about 500 songs, which I think of as, like, Guardians-type songs that Meredith Quill might really love. When I’m going through, and I’m writing the script, I put the songs into the script where they seem to fit. Sometimes I don’t have a song that seems right on that list, and so I have to go out and search and listen to a bunch of stuff, and see what I like, you know. And — but eventually, it’s all baked into the organic story of what’s happening in a movie, in the same way you put sugar in a cake.
SPOILER: In the movie we learn about Adam, so we asked when are we going to see him. Want to know what James said?
“Well, in the future.”
We have yet to get any really juice spoilers out of any Marvel director or Kevin himself. Tight lips they have over there.
What’s so amazing, and it was like this on the first one, and held to it on the second one, a lot of screenwriters put song suggestions into their scripts, and almost none of those songs end up in the actual movie. And when James did that, I think even maybe on an outline in the first movie, and certainly in an outline on the second one. On the first one, it was like, “Oh, that’s cute. He thinks these songs are gonna be in the movie. We’ll see.” Every single song. It’s not just the movie. But what’s perfect for the movie. And then on part two, I knew better. So, would listen to the song as I’m reading the outline, and then later the script. And that sort of pool of songs that he has comes in handy. There’s a Guardians of the Galaxy theme park ride that is opening soon at California Adventure that features songs that James suggested as well, and a few other places coming up in the future.
They talked about a few other things, but one thing that I think you guys might really be interested in is the relationship between Gamora and Star-Lord.
James: But at the end of the movie we have a moment between the two of them, where I think something is acknowledged, you know. And Zoe and I talked about this for a long time last night at the premiere, at the party after the premiere, and there was a time when we had a lot of discussions and talked about having a kiss in the movie. But we tried to treat these characters with such respect and such love.
And I don’t think Gamora is a character who would be swept up in the moment by passion, and if she was, I think she would have to deal with the ramifications of that. I don’t think she would be easy on herself about it. And so I think at the end what we see between the two of them is such a truer love story. Where she loves him, and he loves her, and she acknowledges that at the end of the movie, but that’s a love that’s based not only on attraction but on a deep friendship that the two of them have.
A partnership that we see at the beginning of the movie that they’ve changed a great deal. At the beginning of the movie, they’re great friends. She’s a great support to him when he’s making this decision, and he respects and loves her. And so I think to see that emotional part of their movie of their relationship, is a culmination of what their relationship is in the movie, it is more powerful than seeing a kiss that is romantic and would make us feel happy and feel good but wouldn’t be as true.
Kevin: It’s the difference between a truthful, emotional moment, and a Hollywood moment, and that was very savvy of James to navigate that.
Of course with all Marvel movies there are a lot of cameos and they listed a few of them. The one they seemed to find the most interesting was Miley Cyrus who is Mainframe. Also in the movie were both of James’ parents. And you can see who else you can find by watching the movie a second time. Come on… I know you want to.