James Gunn (born 1970) is an American film writer and director. After getting his start with Troma Entertainment as a writer in The '90s he later went on to work as a director on a couple of cult films before breaking into the mainstream with the 2014 release of the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Guardians of the Galaxy.Gunn's films are known for politically incorrect humour, bleakly comedic tones and underlying themes of hope and optimism.Not to be confused with science fiction Grandmaster James E. Gunn.
His works include:
- Tromeo and Juliet (1996, writer)
- The Specials (2000, actor and writer)
- Scooby-Doo (2002, writer)
- Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004, writer)
- Dawn of the Dead (2004) (2004, writer)
- Slither (2006, writer and director)
- James Gunn's PG Porn (2008-2009, creator, writer, producer, director)
- Super (2010, writer and director)
- Lollipop Chainsaw (2011, writer)
- The Belko Experiment (2017, writer and producer)
- Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014, co-writer and director)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017, writer and director)
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018, executive producer)
- Untitled Avengers Sequel (2019, executive producer)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (TBA, writer and director)
- Plus, he directed all of Stan Lee's Phase Three cameos
Tropes Associated with James Gunn's work include:!!
- Anti-Hero Team: Name a protagonist of his who isnít.
- Bathos: Itís rare for a serious moment in his movies not to be followed by a joke and vice versa.
- Black and Gray Morality: Gray is the whitest his characterís morality is going to get.
- Black Comedy: His stock in trade
- Chekhov's Gun: Heís exceptionally good at setting up character moments thatíll be paid off later on.
- Chekhov's Gag: Same goes with the jokes.
- Gorn: Slither and Super have this in spades, with the former going into Body Horror and the latter veering into Bloody Hilarious.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Guardians, Lollipop Chainsaw and especially Super have these in spades.
- Refuge in Audacity: A frequent offender.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Tend to sit somewhere in the middle. As darkly comic and cynical as his films can get, they usually lean towards optimistic themes and how to remain hopeful in the face of darkness.