It seems like James Gunn should be no stranger to controversy, what with his Troma roots and the gleefully puerile spirit of much of his work. However, he's mostly avoided making waves since his work is so obviously tongue-in-cheek; this week, though, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" director found himself in the headlines for a blog post from a couple of years ago listing the comic book characters that his readers would like to have sex with.
Each entry features a commentary by Gunn, and some of the comments have drawn the ire of internet watchdogs (such as The Mary Sue) who have labeled Gunn and misogynist and homophobic. The blog post has been deleted, though it can still be accessed via the internet cache.
Since the post was discovered, some have called for Gunn's removal from "Guardians of the Galaxy," but Marvel hasn't given any indication that it will consider doing so. Gunn himself has issued a statement apologizing for the remarks on Facebook, where he insists that the post was meant to be "satirical" and "funny," but he "can see where the statements were poorly worded and offensive to many."
He also went on to cite his past advocacy for gay and women's rights before promising to "do his best to make the world a better place for all of us" by choosing to be "more careful with his words in the future."
While it seems silly that Gunn should have to defend his own record (which is just as public as the offending blog post and should have been considered before critics began to savage him), hopefully this issue will be put to rest and we can refocus on "Guardians of the Galaxy" itself, a film that represents one of Marvel's biggest risks so far.
This controversy has overshadowed the fact that the studio recently screen-tested candidates for the film's lead role. Those up for consideration are Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace, and Eddie Redmayne. One of these actors will portray the group's leader, Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord), a half-human, half-alien with combat expertise and enhanced weaponry.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" is set for release on August 1st 2014, where it's positioned as Marvel's last "phase two" film that will feed into "The Avengers 2."
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