I don't know about the director, but I *loved* the version of the team that showed up during the Thanos Imperative. Specifically Star-Lord, who is essentially nothing more than a normal human who is facing cosmic level threats with nothing more than a cool looking helmet.
I was also a big fan of the version on Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Very much enjoyed this strange, action-packed time travel story with Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing Bruce Willis as a younger man and Bruce Willis playing Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an older man. They're both assassins.