James Gunn Shares How Star Wars Impacted the Making of Guardians of the Galaxy

Star Wars, DC, and Marvel are all different calibers. Even if sometimes their fans tend to put them against each other, the chances of them inspiring each other are not unlikely.

James Gunn, former director for Marvel Studios and current co-CEO of DC Studios, penned a touching message on how Star Wars influenced the creation of his best work in the industry, the MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

During Star Wars Day, Gunn took to Twitter to express his feelings just one day before the worldwide release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, noting that Star Wars is an inspiration for his MCU movie.

“11 years ago I had a meeting with Marvel Studios about the possibility of doing a Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I remember driving home & thinking I didn't want to make a movie LIKE Star Wars, but a movie that made people FEEL like Star Wars made me feel as a kid,” he wrote.

Gunn continued, “Outlandish characters, extraordinary locations, a space opera with a touch of magic filled with heart. Thank you, Star Wars, for inspiring me, & how appropriate that the third part of our trilogy is playing in theaters all across the world tonight on May the 4th.”

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The first appearance of GotG was in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 in 1969. In 2008, a modern version of the squad was published, featuring Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Phyla-Vell, Gamora, Drax, and Adam Warlock.

The first Guardians of the Galaxy film was released in 2014, gathering critical acclaim and enormous box office success. For the final film of the trilogy, the first reactions are better than the reviews for the last two movies.

The third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy sees Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and company settle into life on Knowhere, but their lives are soon upended by echoes of Rocket's (Bradley Cooper) violent past.

Peter Quill, still mourning Gamora's (Zoe Saldana) death, must unite his team for a perilous quest to save Rocket's life—a mission that, if not completed successfully, could spell the end of the Guardians as we know them.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 premieres in worldwide cinemas on May 5.

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