Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn reveals the film had a “very difficult” shoot.
Asked whether the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy sequel or the Holiday Special was his favorite story to shoot, the 55-year-old filmmaker opened up about his experience on set.
“The Holiday Special was a pure joy,” he revealed via Twitter. “Vol 3 was very difficult for a billion reasons, beginning with its size and complexity. It might be my favorite movie but it probably wasn’t my favorite shooting experience, other than the love I have for the whole team.”
The Holiday Special was a pure joy. Vol 3 was very difficult for a billion reasons, beginning with its size and complexity. It might be my favorite movie but it probably wasn’t my favorite shooting experience, other than the love I have for the whole team.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 29, 2022
He also explained where the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special fits into the MCU.
“The Guardians Holiday Special is the epilogue of Phase 4,” he revealed, while also confirming that the Holiday Special is also part of the MCU canon.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was recently unveiled to be part of MCU’s Phase 5 during Marvel’s panel at San Diego Comic Con.
Gunn recently confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would be a lot more mature than previous installments, with a much more emotional story this time around. And that could account for some of the difficulty Gunn faced when bringing the story to the big screen.
“It’s an incredibly emotional story,” he explained “Much more mature than the other Guardian stories in a way because, you know, we started making these movies that were 10, 11 years old when they saw the first one, and now they’re re 20, 21 years old. The movie has grown up with them.”
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There doesn’t seem to have been any huge production issues, either, as Gunn recently confirmed that the film was neither pulled nor delayed when several other Marvel titles were pushed back.
Whether or not the film’s grueling (but world record-breaking) makeup had anything to do with Gunn’s troubles is also unknown. However, with stars keeping each other amused by pranking their director with Rick and Morty toys, it looks as though they helped keep each other’s spirits up.
It may not have been his favorite film to shoot, but we’ll find out next year whether it’s the best Guardians of the Galaxy film so far.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.