Ultimate Facts: Guardians of the Galaxy

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– Guardians of the Galaxy was released on July 21, 2014.

– Runtime: 122 minutes.

– Produced by Marvel Studios.

– The film made $774.2 million on a $195.9 million budget.

– Guardians of the Galaxy was the 3rd highest grossing film of 2014.

– Guardians was also the highest grossing summer film of 2014 at the North American box office. It became the first August release to do this since box office figures were regularly tabulated in the mid-70s.

– The first MCU film not featuring Iron Man to cross $300 million in the U.S.

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Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chis Pratt as Peter Quill/Star Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Vin Diesel as Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon.

– Directed by James Gunn.

– The Avengers (2012) director Joss Whedon, who signed a deal to creatively consult on all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, was enthusiastic about the selection of James Gunn to direct.

– James Gunn has stated several times that Rocket Raccoon was a big, if not the main reason why he wanted to make the movie. In fact, when it was confirmed that the film was a hit, Gunn put a heartfelt thank you letter online, specifically thanking everyone for letting a Raccoon make them a little more human.

– The film sets up the third phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, particularly Avengers: Infinity War – Part I (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War – Part II (2019).

– Director James Gunn cites Iron Man (2008) as an influence on the film: “We are starting Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is Marvel Cosmic. And we’re doing exactly what they did with the first Iron Man film.”

– James Gunn once joked about how George Lucas heavily edited the original Star Wars trilogy for re-releases. After the release of this film, Gunn admitted he would like to go back to re-edit several scenes like Lucas.

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– Screenwriter, Nicole Perlman was enrolled n Marvel’s screenwriting program designed to develop Marvel’s properties into big screen adaptions. Out of the options given to her she picked to pen a Guardians of the Galaxy script because she loved space and science fiction stories.

– Nicole Perlman is the first woman to be credited for writing a Marvel Screenplay.

– One of the reasons Guardians of the Galaxy was made is to be a film to introduce cosmic characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

– The first non-Avengers Marvel property developed by Walt Disney Pictures.

– At the very end of the film, as the ship is taking off, you can see three suns in the distance; looking very much like silhouette of Mickey Mouse’s head.

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– According to James Gunn, the film’s soundtrack is composed mainly of 1970s-80s songs, as they are part of Quill’s memories of Earth: “The music is one of those touchstones we have to remind us that Quill is a real person from planet Earth who’s just like you and me, except that he’s in this big outer space adventure.”

– The soundtrack album “Awesome Mix, Vol. 1” reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, the first film soundtrack ever to reach number one without a single original song. It is also nominated at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards for Best Soundtrack.

– James Gunn reasoned that the usage of songs from the 70s would help grounding to reality and providing fun juxtaposition. In an interview, he revealed he had compiled a list of hit songs, which appear in the Billboard charts during this time, and narrowed it down to 120 to be considered for use in the film. It helped Gunn entirely throughout production, as some scenes were either filmed around the music as it played in the background, or it served as inspiration for him to write a scene around the track.

– James Gunn‘s favorite song is Jackson 5‘s “I Want You Back”, and he was delighted to get a chance to feature it in the film.

– The sales of “Hooked on a Feeling” shot up by 700 percent after the release of the film’s first trailer which prominently featured the song.

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– “Cherry Bomb” was actually played on set as the characters made their epic entrance before the final battle, to help them get into character. Tyler Bates composed the original score before the filming process began so it could be played on set to also help the actors’ performance in certain scenes.

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