James Gunn Says There Are Too Many Characters in Superhero Movies

Thursday, 04 June 2015 - 10:07AM
Marvel
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Thursday, 04 June 2015 - 10:07AM
James Gunn Says There Are Too Many Characters in Superhero Movies
Avengers: Age of Ultron is undeniably a box office hit, as it just passed the $900 million mark internationally, beating out the first film and becoming only the fifth movie to ever see that kind of financial success. But it was a little more controversial from a critical perspective, with many reviewers and fans opining that the huge roster of characters rendered the film overcrowded and lacking in focus. Luckily, it seems that the sequel to last year's beloved Guardians of the Galaxy will avoid the same fate, as director James Gunn said during a Periscope chat that his Guardians cast will be trimmed down considerably, mostly because he thinks superhero movies are too sprawling in general.

Everything is just getting too sprawling and too crazy for me in these superhero comic book movies. And also in superhero comics in general. There's just too many characters so you can't concentrate on one and really get to know that character.

I'd have to agree with this sentiment, and it can only be a good thing that Gunn feels this way, because it means that there will be some real character development in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. He goes on to state specifically that the sequel will not fall prey to many of the usual superhero movie sequel pitfalls:

People ask for so many characters to be in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and they ask for so many actors who they want to be in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 but we actually have less characters in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 than we have in Guardians of the Galaxy 1... One of the main things with Guardians of the Galaxy is not to add a bunch of characters, not to make it bigger in that way but to go deeper with the characters... What really matters to me is going deeper into the characters and getting to know them more emotionally.

It makes sense that Guardians would be more character-driven, as it doesn't have nearly as many franchise commitments. Avengers: Age of Ultron may have been a necessary casualty, as it had the daunting task of servicing all the characters from the first film, adding Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Vision, developing Ultron as a formidable villain, setting up Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War, while still trying to tell a decent story on its own. This is essentially impossible, so it will be helpful to the Guardians franchise if it can trim down its cast and remain somewhat independent from the rest of the MCU (it does take place in space, after all). 

Gunn also revealed some new information about Guardians of the Galaxy 2's smaller cast while responding to Chris Pratt's recent statements that the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 pitch moved him to tears:

"It's a very moving script... And I think we have a story that's really, truly true for everyone and it just happens to be about aliens... I really want to get to know the characters that we know better, and yeah, we will be introducing a new character…"

This was a surprise, as Gunn had previously stated that two characters would be added to the Guardians team in the next film. Gunn went on to clarify that there were two new members in the original script, but he had to take one of them out for story purposes:

People will be disappointed – at some point I'll release – but I had another big character in my original draft and it was just getting too busy. I took that character out. And it's a character I like a lot and hope to work with in the future but I just didn't have room for that person, that character.

Although we don't know who it is yet, I'm glad he took the character out. Age of Ultron would have been a much better movie if they had only introduced one new character rather than four, and he can always introduce the excised character in Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 comes out in theaters on May 5, 2017.

Via Screenrant.
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James Gunn Says There Are Too Many Characters in Superhero Movies