The Guardians of the Galaxy are back, but things will truly never be the same again.
James Gunn returns as writer and director for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the third and final film in Gunn’s trilogy. Yes, it is certainly possible to experience another film Guards branding will ultimately come from Marvel Studios, but even before Gunn took his massive new job as co-leader of DC Studios, he’d made it clear that he was giving his particular incarnation of the Guardians team some sort of proper conclusion. Not to mention, some of the original cast — including Dave Bautista (“Drax”) and Zoe Saldana (“Gamora”) — have also indicated that they’ve decided this will be their last movie in their respective roles.
Fandom has spoken Full. 3 cast members Karen Gillan (“Nebula”), Pom Klementieff (“Mantis”), Chukwudi Iwuji (“High Evolutionary”) and Will Poulter (“Adam Warlock”) on delivering a satisfying conclusion, the opportunity to reunite with Gunn working on one of his DC projects, and more – including how remarkable the visuals in it are Guardians 3 to get.
The Slip-y side of the universe
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the story centers on Rocket’s origins and his ties to the vicious geneticist known as the High Evolutionary, including the Evolutionary’s often messy and graphic experiments, in a movie that certainly has some dark elements. Then there’s a sequence set on an organically created complex, the Orgoscope, where everything the Guardians encounter, from the walls to the equipment, has a surface that’s particularly fleshy or covered in liquid or goo.
When I mentioned this to Karen Gillan and Pom Klementieff, asking if it felt like Gunn was particularly intrigued by making his sets and props remarkably tactile, Gillan replied, “It’s actually so funny you say that,” while Klementieff explained : “Yes, because He [recently] told us he likes certain textures and others he doesn’t like. He is very specific about that!”
Gillan, of Gunn’s description, added, “He said, ‘I hate that kind of texture.’ And I love That texture.’ He has a very private opinion on exactly all of these things. So it makes perfect sense that the movie is packed [that] stuff.”
Iwuji, meanwhile, noted that this isn’t unusual in Gunn’s work in general, pointing out, “Well here’s the guy who did Slip, right? He likes that stuff. And it was great. It was actually very interesting.”
There are some pretty visceral and graphic moments in there Guardians 3, and Iwuji commented, “Some days you had to remind yourself, ‘Okay, we’re still in a Marvel movie, right?’ Because we went places we’ve never been in this world before But yeah he loved the blob and it was just part of the world he created.
Poulter, who plays the newly born but extremely powerful Adam Warlock, had high praise for Gunn’s skill at mixing the offbeat and offbeat with funny and heartfelt material, saying, “It’s also great no matter how gooey or gory or crazy things get.” there’s always a point of entry for the audience. One of my favorite scenes of the movie, avoiding spoiler territory, but there’s almost kind of a water cooler office chat scenario that plays out between a bunch of alien gods in some kind of space lair. And to being able to recognize that as something so mundane and every day in that context is amazing. And that’s why it’s so hilarious. And it’s just quintessentially James Gunn.”
When I asked Gillan who was at the Guards movies since the 2014 original, if the cast would get used to coming to the set and finding something bizarre that the set or props department had built that they would interact with, she’d reply, “Actually, yes.” “What soft thing can I find and touch?” She then understood the possible awkwardness of what she had just said, and burst out laughing as she exclaimed, “That sounded wrong! Oh no!”
That set for the Orgoscope incorporated an unusual membrane-type entrance near a door that required someone to put their hand in, and Klementieff commented with amusement, “It felt so much fun doing it. I just kept sticking my finger in !” She also laughed to herself, elaborating, “Put my finger in it, and my hand, and I loved it! It was such a nice texture…”
LANDING THE END
Part 3s are notoriously difficult for trilogies when it comes to delivering to the public, but Klementieff said that while everyone involved wanted this Guards to be satisfied, they were confident from the start, because “James wrote such an incredible script.”
Gillan agreed, saying she felt the consensus for the cast was, “I think we should just honor the script he wrote because he knows how he wants to end this and this is his story.” So it was about delivering the best version of what [James] wanted.”
Iwuji said that if Gunn was ever nervous, he hid it well, describing him as “a man who leads with confidence. He knew the movie he wanted to make, in all fairness to Marvel, and from what I got, they knew the movie was in good hands with him and he rolled it and all his team believed in the vision. Every head of department believed in the vision.”
He explained that he saw a great interest in storytelling from everyone involved in the production Guardians 3 was made, in a way he rarely does on sets, noting, “Crew often go through with what they have to do, you know what I mean?” They have work to do, whether it be keeping things under control and working, but the crew seemed very, very preoccupied with it. So there was a real commitment across the board to this project. All I thought was ‘Please don’t let me be the one to screw it up’ because everyone else is right!”
Poulter said: “The care factor was as high as it could get and that started with James. And I totally agree with Chuk that the confidence and courage with which he went forward and led… it gave us all a sense of confidence in what we were doing.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 had some very notable delays from what was originally intended, thanks to James Gunn being temporarily fired from Disney – and Gunn taking another job to direct The suicide squad before being rehired – which resulted in it opening quite a long time afterwards Full. 2the 2017 edition.
Said Klementieff, when he finally got back on set with Gunn to begin production, “We had waited years to make that movie. So we were so happy to be on set together again.”
Gunn’s cast had all signed a statement of support for him after he was fired, with Gillan commenting, “We had quite a journey to get James back with us.” And so it felt pretty memorable that he was back and everyone was reunited and we were going to finish this together.
THAT DC FUTURE
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 begins as Gunn says goodbye in a much bigger way than anyone could have imagined when the movie was in production, given his new role as co-CEO, alongside Peter Safran, of DC Studios, which will clearly keep him from doing any more Marvel projects to do for the foreseeable future. However, Gunn is remarkably close and loyal to those he works with, frequently reusing actors, and has already said he would love to record Guards cast members in DC projects too.
In one instance, with Iwuji, he has already taken part in both worlds, as he and Gunn first teamed up on Peacekeeper, where he played Clemson Murn. But that doesn’t mean he couldn’t play another role for DC, since Gunn Linda Cardellini – who’s already in the MCU as Laura Barton – plays an otter in Guardians 3. Likewise the Guards cast have roles they’d love to tackle in DC with Gunn ahead?
Iwuji said, “You know, I would never, ever suggest it [anything] eventually to James, because it would just be weird. He has a world in his head. I mean, look, I can’t be too greedy!” He added, “I just can’t imagine asking for more than seeing what comes next, does that make sense?” I’m quite happy!”
Unlike most of the cast, Guardians 3 was Poulter’s first project with Gunn, and he commented, “I’m very, very grateful. I’m lucky with the one role I got. And yes, like [Iwuji], I don’t want to get ahead of myself. But I certainly wish James the best of luck. Not that he needs it! But just because I think he’s so incredible and has so much going for him. “
Iwuji added: “He’s probably one of the few directors who if he said ‘Come do this’ I’d probably see yes before I read it. I trust his instincts. Whether it was Murn or the High Evolutionary, he has this ability to surprise. That’s the best part for me, as an actor, when someone offers you something you didn’t think you were right for in a million years and they say, ‘No, that’s you’re the one for.’ Those are the roles you want to try.
Klementieff, who had a quick background cameo as a dancer The suicide squad, said that when it came to opportunities with Gunn in DC: “We’ve talked, so we’re trying to make plans and we’ll see what happens. But I want to keep working with him, I want to keep hanging out with him, stay friends with him and stuff. So yeah, any movie he wants me to do, I’d be down basically!
Gillan replied, ‘Same. If he wanted to play as a weird two-headed alien in the background, I’d do it because it’s James! I like working with him. I mean, honestly, any role he wanted me to play I’d be totally honored to take on.
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