Tuesday 16 January 2018

James Dempsey: Comic-book females deadlier than the male as Marvel director apologises for sex slurs

James Gunn
James Gunn

NOT since Hugo Weaving pulled off his facemask have faces been so red over at Marvel. After pulling off what many thought impossible – building a multi-billion-dollar franchise around a sprawling and detailed comic-book cosmos, not to mention getting the Hulk to actually work – last week saw the next wave of Marvel’s development under fire courtesy of a loaded Gunn.

Writer-director James Gunn originally proved a popular choice when he was hired by Disney, owners of Marvel, to write and direct the Guardians of the Galaxy, the project regarded by movie and comic book insiders as the next stage in Marvel’s onscreen development.

Guardians is the great white hope of Marvel’s plans for global box-office domination, because if a comic-book movie with more fantastical characters than we’ve previously seen, namely a laser-gun-wielding space racoon and a walking/talking tree, can prove a mainstream hit with large audiences, it opens the door to Marvel’s rich history of bizarre backstories and esoteric characters known only to the more die-hard fans.

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