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James Gunn Reveals The Hardest Scene to Make From Guardians of the Galaxy

December 21st, 2014 by Todd Black Comments


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When you see a movie in theaters, it’s easy at times to think it was simple to put together. The truth is it’s not. Lots of time, effort, redos, rewrites, reshoots, and more are done in order to make a movie as great as it can be (or at least they try…). Even then, not everything makes it in, hence the deleted scenes you find in the extras of DVD’s.

Vulture chatted with James Gunn about Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the best movies of the year, and asked what the most difficult scene to make from that movie was. You might just be surprised by his answer…

“The first thing that comes to mind as the hardest thing to write is the Thanos scene. That was really difficult.” Gunn states, but he would go on to describe why it was so hard to make.

“There’s pressure with Thanos because you’re setting up this gigantic character that, in one way, isn’t really a part of your movie. His presence doesn’t really serve being in Guardians, and having Thanos be in that scene was more helpful to the Marvel universe than it was to Guardians of the Galaxy. I always wanted to have Thanos in there, but from a structural standpoint, you don’t need him. So that’s part of it, and then part of it is the fact that you’re setting up this incredibly powerful character, but you don’t want to belittle the actual antagonist of the film, which is Ronan. You don’t want him to seem like a big wussy. So how do you make that work?”

Well, he did! Cause many a fan loved that scene with Ronan and Thanos, and the ones that followed after.

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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians ( He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!

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