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Watch: Everything Wrong With ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy,’ Plus James Gunn Clarifies ‘Avengers’ Crossover Comments

Watch: Everything Wrong With ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy,’ Plus James Gunn Clarifies ‘Avengers’ Crossover Comments

Director James Gunn likes to clarify things on Facebook. Will the “Guardians of The Galaxy” team-up with The Avengers for “Avengers Infinity: Parts 1 & 2”? The filmmaker says some sites have manipulated his comments look like “yes,” they will. While others have misinterpreted his sentiments to suggest a definitive “no.” While he admits he’s always not entirely clear in interviews, the real answer he says is unknown right now. The filmmaker took to Facebook, to clarify his comments. Here’s his lengthy post: 

Woke up the other day to two articles – one that announced I said the Avengers and the Guardians were never teaming up, another that said I said they were. These two articles were based ON THE SAME INTERVIEW (the podcast with Jeff Goldsmith). The truth is, I never said either of those things. I’m not going to tell anyone what happens to the Guardians, especially two or three movies down when who even knows if I’ll be around anymore. Whatever the case, there’s been a lot of anger around me – at me, from people defending me at others, and so on. And it’s all people who love Marvel, like me, and just want to see awesome and amazing and moving stories.

There are many more important things going on in the world right now, but this is clogging up my feed, so let me do my best to set the record straight. Perhaps sometimes I say things imperfectly, unclearly, or inelegantly. All I’ve ever tried to say was the Guardians are an important part of the MCU, and they definitely share an existence with the Avengers and other characters in the MCU. But the week after the movie opened I walked into the Marvel offices, and I sat down with Kevin Feige and some of the other folks at Marvel. We had a long discussion about where the Guardians were headed and what was happening to them. I told them exactly what I wanted to do with the sequel to Guardians, and everyone was on board and excited. And, regarding the bigger picture, we all agreed on one thing, and that was to keep huge chunks of the Guardians separate from the Marvel heroes of earth, because they have a whole galaxy to explore. We wanted to use them as a way to make the MCU bigger, not smaller. We wanted to make sure they have their own mythos, as opposed to only one that is intertwined with the earthbound characters. They ARE connected, of course, but that connection would not be the purpose of their stories and fictional lives.

When I’m asked about the Guardians and their future, and whether they’ll meet up with the Avengers I really don’t have all that much to say, because some of it isn’t decided yet, and I don’t want to give away what is decided. So I speak in these general terms. They aren’t things that I’m just saying on the spot, and they aren’t things that have been decided on by me alone. But they are sometimes incredibly general, and that can lead to those words being taken in a lot of different ways. So, I’m sorry for all the different ways my words have been taken. Overall, we’ll just have to wait and see where the Guardians go, who they meet, and what they do in the MCU. But know that I love them and will take the best care of them I possibly can for as long as I’m around.

The filmmaker also decided to explain how Peter Quills’ AA Walkman batteries could survive for so long in space, somewhat humorlessly, but you can check out the full Facebook post for that. Meanwhile, was their anything “wrong” with “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” the highest grossing domestic film of 2014? Maybe the formula of using disarming irreverent humor at every beat of danger? The ironic overuse of nostalgic ‘70s music? The silly dance sequence at the end? The folks at Cinema Sins have given you their own early Christmas gift: an “Everything Wrong” trailer for Marvel’s movie. In fact, Cinema Sins points out the battery issue, so maybe this clip is exactly what Gunn is referencing. Watch below and decide for yourself.

Oh, and lastly, if you’re curious, Gunn has also released the original “ENTIRE AWESOME MIX VOLUME 1” soundtrack listing if you’re looking to be a completest and download all those songs, some of which didn’t make the final movie. Check out that tracklist below too.

 ENTIRE AWESOME MIX VOLUME 1
 I’m Not in Love – 10cc
Come and Get Your Love – Redbone
Go All the Way – Raspberries (band)
*Never Been to Spain – Three Dog Night
Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede
*Magic – Pilot (band)
The Pina Colada Song – Rupert Holmes
*Livin’ Thing – Electric Light Orchestra
Moonage Daydream – David Bowie (Official)
Fooled Around and Fell in Love – Elvin Bishop
*Fox on the Run – The Sweet
Cherry Bomb – The Runaways
Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum
O-O-H Child – Five Stairsteps
*Surrender – Cheap Trick

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