One of the most charming aspects of Guardians of the Galaxy is its retro soundtrack, as James Gunn handpicked a variety of ’70s pop hits for the film’s “Awesome Mix Vol.1.” However, even though many would be unable to imagine GotG now without tracks like Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling,” if Marvel had had its way, Gunn would have had to cut the entire soundtrack.
It’s well known at this point that in the early years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the franchise was under the thumb of Marvel’s Creative Committee, a group put together by Marvel Entertainment boss Ike Perlmutter that would offer input (most of it unwanted) on creative decisions. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige eventually got so fed up with the Creative Committee’s constant interference that he managed to convince Disney and Bob Iger to make Marvel Studios its own separate entity which would report to Disney and no one else.
In Vanity Fair’s new cover story on the Marvel Universe, James Gunn attributes every conflict he had in making the original GotG to Perlmutter and his Creative Committee. Said Gunn, “They were a group of comic-book writers and toy people” would often give him “haphazard” notes. He says that the committee wanted him to ditch the “70s music.” Fortunately, Feige was on Gunn’s side and pushed to keep the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 intact, with the soundtrack going on to become a Platinum seller.
For more on the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, be sure to read Vanity Fair’s in-depth piece.
Source: Vanity Fair