Has Whedon Confirmed James Gunn as “Guardians of the Galaxy” Director?

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While Marvel Studios hasn’t yet confirmed the rumor that James Gunn has been hired to write and direct the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Joss Whedon pretty much let the cat out of the bag on the news.

Asked about the Guardians project, Whedon gave his glowing endorsement of Gunn.

“You know, James is what makes me think it will work. I myself was sort of like, “I liked Rocket Raccoon as a kid, but I’m not sure how that plays.” And then they said, “Well, we’re thinking about using James Gunn” — I’m like, “Oh no, you’re fine!” Because he is so off the wall and so crazy, but so smart, such a craftsman, builds from hearts, loves the Raccoon, needs the Raccoon. This is a guy who wrote The Specials, which is one of the most important movies, people don’t understand how influential that movie was about heroes. Taking heroes and making them very mundane. And Super… He’s got a very twisted take on it, but it all comes from a real love of the material, so you know he’s going to make the Raccoon, you know it’s going to be hard for the humans to keep up,” Whedon tells MTV.

Sounds like Gunn has the job, doesn’t it?

Whedon believes that Gunn’s take on Guardians will be one that audiences and fans embrace.

James has barely started on it so I want him to take it and make it very much his. Because I know he’s going to come from left-field and I’m going to be like, “What!?“, and then I’ll be like, “Oh, of course. Why didn’t I think of that?” Whed0n says.

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