Several months out from release, AMC Theaters held a live chat with director James Gunn, actor Chris Pratt and Marvel's Kevin Feige for the upcoming film adaptation of the Marvel comic "Guardians of the Galaxy". The full 30-minute chat can be viewed below.
No new footage or surprise guests were shown, but plenty of new details have come forth about the film which Gunn describes as having "a lot of old-school space opera about it."
Asked about the film's connection to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, Feige says: "[It] couldn't be more distant in geography to the other films. 99% of this movie takes place on the other side of the galaxy. Nevermind the themes and character interaction... there are a handful of characters you'll see in this movie who will carry through to other films as threats to Earth."
While adapting all the characters was difficult, Gunn says Michael Rooker's Yondu character in particular "was a big deal... he has a more delicate superpower... If you believe who they are as characters and what their intentions are, then it works... You have to fall in love with a talking raccoon and believe that he exists. Take these outlandish concepts, make it fun, but making it as believable as possible."
The characters of 'Bug' and 'Tantalus' were in early drafts but didn't make the film. Asked about fan-favorite Cosmo, Feige says: "Rocket was always going to be the focus. But, fans of Cosmo will have to wait and see the movie."
Asked about the use of 'Hooked on a Feeling' in the trailer, Gunn says: "There's a lot of things that people will find out when they see the movie. The song's in the movie. We know about the Walkman. Quill has a Sony Walkman and that song's on his mixtape."
The whole point of the project according to Feige was "to do something new... something original... doing something, frankly, that most people had never heard of." Gunn adds: "I do think that it is a completely original movie, and I do think that it is a character piece at the core of it."
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's "Guardians" comic story lines heavily inspired the film, the humour in particular. Pratt spent seven months losing weight and getting into fighting fit shape for his role as Star-Lord.
Asked about additional shooting, Feige says "we build that in from the very beginning on the actor's schedules, in the actual budget. We always build in additional time for when a cool idea comes up. James has had some cool ideas so we're going to get after that."