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Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, begins its wide release Friday, August 1, and expectations are high. Why wouldn't they be? Critics and fans who attended previews for the film have been calling it Marvel's best work and one of the greatest superhero movies ever.
And of course, it's a St. Louis guy behind the whole darn thing.
James Gunn, originally from Manchester, has been known for years as a master at combining horror with comedy, thanks to cutting his teeth at Z-film powerhouse Troma Entertainment and later writing the screenplay for the Dawn of the Dead remake and directing nerd hero Nathan Fillion in Slither. But directing and co-writing Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy has brought on more attention and acclaim than any other project this Missouri boy has tackled yet.
- Superheroes bump superegos in Joss Whedon's all-star Avengers. Things go boom. (2012 review)
- Slugfest: Slither is silly and gross, but it might worm its way into your heart. (2006 review)