Gunn, the director of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the Marvel space adventure film about a group of misfit heroes that, with a sarcastic, self-aware sense of humor (and a cast led by Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana), became one of the biggest films of 2014, grossing more than $770 million worldwide.
Now, of course, that movie has spawned its own franchise, with a sequel, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.
To his mind, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies are still fulfilling his urge to tell stories about characters with complex, interconnected needs — even if one of those characters happens to be a talking raccoon — and to maintain the innovative traditions of his moviemaking forebears, at price tags upward of $170 million.
Gunn could not quite get over the character of Rocket Raccoon, a bad-tempered, gun-toting anthropomorphic animal with the voice of Bradley Cooper.
Gunn immersed himself in sources as disparate as the artwork of Jim Steranko, a comic-book illustrator known for his surrealism, psychedelia and sensuality; and the visually sumptuous movies of Wong Kar-wai.