Friday, August 1st marked the one-year anniversary of Guardians of the Galaxy's smash-hit release. With a production budget of just $170 million, the film has grossed more than $330 million domestically.
We have much to be thankful for, all due to the superhero comedy that no one saw coming; the talented Chris Pratt was seen for perhaps the first time as a funny actor as opposed to a funny man, our conversations and Facebook feeds alike were spilling over with light and laughter, and for some, faith in the modern movie scene was reinvigorated.
But what might make these facts that much more wonderful is that Guardians' director, James Gunn, seems to be just as grateful as we are.
Gunn not only tweeted, but posted a substantial Facebook post on Friday explaining just what the project meant for him, and what its reception meant for society.
He was clear in that he viewed Guardians fans as a community, brought together by a shared sense of humor and a passion for quality film.
The message, in part, is as follows:
"...in our tenth week we were out-performing any comic book film in recent history - not because of the money, but because people were going back to see the film a second, third, fourth, fifth time, or more, because they loved it. What mattered to me is that after a lifetime of telling stories and half a lifetime making movies, I felt like you and I, filmmaker and audience, were at the same place at the same time.
It mattered to me mostly because I told a story fully with my heart, and you took it into yours. I don't think I can ever explain how much that means to me. It makes every failure I've ever had well worth it.
On this, the one year anniversary of the cinematic Guardians entering our solar system: thank you, thank you, thank you.
We really are, truly, honestly Groot.
Pratt also paid tribute to the movie that made him, posting a brief sentiment of appreciation for the "visionary" Gunn.
On to bigger and better things for the both of them.