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Joss Whedon Loves James Gunn’s “Twisted Take” on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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News recently broke that oddball director James Gunn will be directing Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ movie — but just how will he handle translating something like a superhero raccoon from the pages of the comic book to the big screen? Joss Whedon isn’t too worried about it and gives Gunn his full support, so maybe we shouldn’t worry, either.

Speaking to MTV at the Toronto International Film Festival, ‘Avengers’ director Joss Whedon wanted to make sure the world knows that James Gunn is going to make a really awesome ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie. That whole thing with Rocket Raccoon? Don’t even worry about it.

Whedon says:

I myself was sort of like, ‘Well, I liked Rocket Raccoon as a kid, but I’m not sure how that plays [to a wider audience].’ And then they said, ‘Well, we’re thinking about using James Gunn.’ And I said, ‘Oh, then no, you’re fine.’ He is so off the wall, and so crazy, but so smart, such a craftsman and he builds from his heart. He loves the raccoon. Needs the raccoon.

You hear that, kids? James Gunn — and the world, quite frankly — needs the raccoon! Whedon also talked a little about the script and where Gunn is at with it right now:

He has a very twisted take on it, but it all comes from a real love for the material. It’s going to be hard for the humans to keep up. I know he’s going to come from left field and I’m going to go, ‘What?’ And then, ‘Of course, why didn’t I think of that?’ And then I’m going to beat him!

Gunn is best known for his work directing the horror comedy ‘Slither’ and the dark comedy ‘Super’ — the latter of which featured Rainn Wilson as a regular guy whose wife leaves him, so he decides to become a superhero to get her back. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ hits theaters August 1, 2014. We’re sure Gunn has plenty of time to figure out this raccoon business between now and then.

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