Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has mastered the art of talking about upcoming Marvel movies without saying anything substantial. He offers good sound bites and perfectly wrapped little morsels of information that won't get him in trouble with Disney and the higher brass. Today, he appeared on his personal Facebook page to provide a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 update. But that wasn't the real news. It's what he had to say about Captain America: Civil War that matters.
Being the director of a massive Marvel blockbuster comes with its perks. And one of those perks is getting to see everything else in the pipeline months before it comes out. James Gunn has seen Civil War. And he didn't just like it. He loved it, heaping praise on the May release. While we won't get to see all the action for another five months, here's how James Gunn described the experience.
"I saw Civil War, and I think it's incredible. It's one of the best Marvel movies ever, and I can't believe what a wonderful job the Russo Brothers did, and the cast. Oh my god, they are so good. It's an amazing film, and people are going to be really excited to see that in the summer time. It's great."
That's high praise indeed. Though, it seems like every new Marvel movie that comes along is the next best one. One of the crucial aspects fans are wondering is, just how well does Tom Holland hold it down as Spider-Man? Having seen Captain America: Civil War in its entirety, this means James Gunn has been witnessed to what promises to be the greatest Marvel cameo of all time. About it, he can only say this.
"Tom Holland is off the charts Awesome. Truly. Hand to my heart, he's amazing."
Doctor Strange, which is the second movie in the Phase 3 lineup, arrives in November, just 7 months after Captain America: Civil War. It doesn't sound like James Gunn has seen too much as production continues on the film, which is shooting right this second. He's far too busy prepping his own sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But he did have this to say about the Sorcerer Supreme.
"I really like the script."
His Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 update is mostly made up of interesting tidbits we've heard before. We know the movie is currently in pre-production. And will start shooting in the New Year. Here's the official update from James Gunn.
"We're going back to Atlanta in just a few days. Then I really hit the ground running. We start rehearsals with the cast shortly thereafter. Then we go start shooting in February. We hit the ground running."
James Gunn went onto quickly answer a few more questions. Will we get a Slither 2? Probably not. Is Nova in the movie? Who knows? Is Howard the Duck set to return? He just shrugs. He's not very forthcoming on a lot of these things. And he's not sure he'll make it to Comic-Con 2016. He goes onto reassure everyone that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 won't yet tie into the overall MCU yet, either. That will come further down the road.
"I might go to Comic Con this year. It will be right when we're done shooting. So we'll see. But yeah, the Guardians is more about the Guardians universe. Though we are connected to the rest of the universe. There is a chance of the Guardians interacting with the rest of that universe, but that's not what this movie is about. This is about its own story. Its about the mythology of the Guardians themselves. We just want to focus on the story of the Guardians. Peter Quill and his father, and how that plays into everything else."
At this early stage, we doubt James Gunn would say anything negative about Captain America: Civil War or Tom Holland as the new Spider-Man. But as you can see, he passes up certain questions, responding to them in silence. He's always been quite honest. So if he didn't believe what he is saying, he probably wouldn't have acknowledged these items at all. Which is reason enough to get excited! Don't you think?