While it's now hard to imagine anyone other than James Gunn helming the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, it turns out Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow was once approached to direct the rag-tag team of space rogues.
Long before Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters in 2014, the likes of Ant-Man's Peyton Reed and Captain Marvel's Ryan Fleck were reportedly on the list of potential directors. With Trevorrow also linked to the sci-fi spectacle, he's now opening up about why he thinks he wasn't the right man for the job.
"I met on Guardians of the Galaxy long, long ago," he said on The Empire Film Podcast. Yeah, very early. It was a great conversation."
Expanding on why things just didn't work, Trevorrow added, "I was not a comic book kid. That wasn’t my thing. I was a Star Wars kid, an Indiana Jones kid, a Spielberg kid – that was my thing."
He concluded, "It was a great conversation, but a little bit more of a personal understanding of, you need someone who loved this growing up. [They] should be the ones directing these movies. You’ve gotta live and breathe it in the way that I did Jurassic and these films that I get to be involved in now.”
Although it's a little easier to imagine a different roster of actors playing the team, it's a lot harder to picture what Guardians of the Galaxy would be like without Gunn. Following his firing and subsequent rehiring, there were worries that another director's take on the team wouldn't match up to what had come before it.
As for Trevorrow, he's made a name for himself directing Jurassic World, serving as an executive producer on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and returning to direct upcoming sequel that will round off the new trilogy.
However, it hasn't always been smooth sailing. Trevorrow famously parted ways with Disney due to creative differences surrounding Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Episode IX at the time), and he was quickly replaced by J.J. Abrams.
Ultimately, fans will never know what Trevorrow could've brought to Guardians of the Galaxy or how the MCU would look without the influence of Gunn.