Today, James Gunn is best known for directing Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy movies. However, before he boarded the Milano, the director wanted to work on a completely different group of characters: the preteen super team Power Pack.
When asked about the rumor that he was planning a "grim and gritty" Power Pack reboot, Gunn revealed that he did indeed pitch such a story back in 2009 for Marvel's MAX imprint.
No joke; back in the day - 2009 or so - I pitched a Power Pack Max (NC-17) series to Marvel Comics. They loved it. Marvel Studios nixed it! https://t.co/fP40pFkGw7— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 28, 2017
Gunn also went on to address the potential problems and pitfalls of an NC-17 take on preteen characters, writing:
2/2 To elaborate: It was an alt Universe story & the Pack was in their teens/early 20s & they were all very screwed up from their childhoods https://t.co/fP40pFkGw7— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 28, 2017
At this time, there are no plans for the Power kids to star in their own family friendly Marvel movie, but -- if such a project were ever to get a green light -- it would probably have to look for someone other than Gunn to helm it now. The director will have more than enough on his plate over the next few years as he works on the highly anticipated third Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
Now in theaters, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin and Kurt Russell as Ego.