Let’s rewind the clock a little bit, ok? So, Marvel Studios was getting into Phase 2 of their lineup. The Avengers had broken box office records, and the company wanted to expand their reach into the deeper places of Marvel lore. This led to the surprising live-action debut of the Guardians of the Galaxy. A group that was very much “C-List”, basically because the comic was only a cult classic. Yet, under the watchful eye of James Gunn, the film became a massive hit. And it’s sequel is one of the highest grossing non-Avengers films.
Yet, it might surprise you who James Gunn thanks for the success of the film. Sure, the cast and crew all get their praise, as they should, but there’s a twist in this tale. As Gunn notes on Twitter that Fox is the reason that Guardians of the Galaxy got made.
It’s a hard question. Kevin Feige was into the idea of Guardians because of his deep love of Star Wars and space operas. But the Marvel Studios schedule might have been too glutted with content/movies and it would have never been made. https://t.co/UHeQLbT7Zy
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 11, 2018
What he’s saying here is that because Marvel Studios didn’t own the rights to make films of the X-Men and Fantastic Four, Guardians of the Galaxy got the greenlight to be made. Both franchises are known for their space stories and connecting to the “cosmic” side of the Marvel Universe. If they had been part of Marvel outright, it’s very unlikely (given the popularity of the two) that GOTG would’ve been considered for a film so early into the MCU.
It just goes to show that even with their properties divided, some good did come out of it. And now that the merger is potentially coming, everyone can have a chance to shine.