The creative process is a crazy and unpredictable beast. It’s hard enough having two people agree on the smallest of things, and given the strong opinions of both filmmakers and executives, one can imagine the myriad of things that can be disagreed on. In fact, directors will oftentimes leave projects due to creative differences — such as when Patty Jenkins and Edgar Wright left their respective Marvel Studios projects (Thor: The Dark World and Ant-Man) some time ago.
Yet despite the strong grip Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige seems to have on the overall plot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the amount of power he gave Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director seems to be quite a bit. Gunn has always said that. Ever since he started work on the first Guardians film, he’s stated that there has been very little micromanaging on the part of Feige.
Even more amazing, if Gunn’s statements at a recent Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 press junket (covered by our own Nancy Tapia) are to be believed, they only had one disagreement during the making of the film. Here’s what Gunn had to say:
“There’s one thing in the movie that I won’t bring up, in part because I may be wrong and Kevin was right, and in part because I don’t want to embarrass Kevin if I’m right. But there is one thing in the movie that we disagreed on. Only one thing in the whole movie, and Kevin let me have my way and I appreciate it, but it’s the smallest thing. It’s a moment in the movie.”
The gauntlet has been thrown. You know fans worldwide will pool to the movie and try to guess what that one thing is. Kevin Feige doesn’t think you stand a chance of figuring out what it is.
“Good luck guessing what it is," Feige joked to the audience. "You’ll never guess what it is.”
What a tease they both are. That being said, who knows? Perhaps when the movie comes out, and it’s made its rounds in theaters, they’ll be more open to saying what it is. However, if their tone is to be inferred, chances are it’s something as small and insignificant as a specific take on a line.
But to us, the big takeaway here seems to, again, be that James Gunn was pretty much left alone to make the film he wanted to make, which is always a really great sign. So if the movie was great, we know that it was largely due to Gunn’s vision, and if it sucks (it doesn’t), then we wouldn’t be able to blame it on Marvel Studios’ dictatorial style.
Rest assured, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a James Gunn joint.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.