One of the best things about being a superhero movie fan right now, besides half a dozen movies every year, is the level of engagement between filmmakers and their audience. Marvel Studios has always had plenty interaction with its fans, but Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn took things to another level with how forthcoming he was on social media, frequently sharing images and information from his 2014 blockbuster. Since then, more of his peers, both inside and outside of Marvel, have followed suit including David Ayer (DC’s Suicide Squad) and The Russo Brothers, Joe and Anthony (Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War.)
Gunn is back at it with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, now in its second month of production. On Facebook today, Gunn promised fans a regular look at his creative process throughout production via his own hand-drawn thumbnails, which he uses to plan every shot of the film. See his full post below.
Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo have taken time out of their busy schedules to go shake hands with and sign free autographs for thousands of fans at multiple comic book conventions this year. Last night, they took the Marvel faithful some place most of them had never seen, the sound mixing stage. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the Russos had a scene playing in the background to give followers a chance to see just a bit more from the film after last week’s incredible trailer. You can see the video below.
It is just plain cool to see these filmmakers connecting with fans in such new and awesome ways. They don’t have to do anything like this, nor should they, but the fact that they are says so much about their own fandom. They don’t just remember, but still know what it’s like to be a fan and what they would want to see while eagerly waiting for a film to be finished and released. It’s not just the people who make superhero films whom they see as peers, but also the people who watch them.