Even before Guardians Of The Galaxy was released, Marvel were talking about a sequel, and writer/director James Gunn was apparently penning bits and pieces during the film’s huge opening weekend. Earlier today Empire Online talked to Gunn and he revealed a few things about the next film.
“There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill’s father is between a select two or three of us. That’s been part of the plan since the beginning, that’s something I had to work out before we shot the screenplay. We wanted to make sure Yondu’s place in everything made sense and it does, so it’s all very specific stuff.”
Apparently in the comics his father is J’son, the Emperor of the Spartoi Empire, but not in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“It’s definitely not the character who it is in the comics, I’ll say that much.”
Asked about super villain Thanos, who finally appeared in Guardians Of The Galaxy:
“He will show up [in the sequel] if he helps our story and he will not show up at all if not. Thanos is not the most important thing in Guardians 2, that’s for damn sure. There’s the Guardians themselves and other threats the Guardians are going to be facing that are not Thanos… I think Thanos has been lonely for a long time. He can handle it. He’s used to his loneliness. He’s got some other kids out there. He’s got to look after them. Nebula’s probably the sweetest of them, which tells you what his kids are like…”
The common assumption is that the Guardians will finally cross paths with the Avengers when it comes time to battle Thanos, perhaps in Avengers 3, but that will be several years away. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is slated for release on July 28, 2017 but a release date for Avengers 3 has yet to be revealed. Do you think Marvel will still be as popular then?