It’s been 18 movies and 10 years when MCU began with Iron Man in 2008 and we all celebrated the birth of the most profitable and entertaining cinematic universe ever. But not even once the MCU has broken the fourth wall until recently. Among the TV characters, Frank Underwood from House of Cards is famous for constantly talking to an audience.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 became the first movie to do the same. It is when the reality of a movie is shifted and a character acknowledges the audience. The term has its origins from the stage where a standard theatre has three walls and the fourth wall is imaginary where the audience is seated.
In the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok it is expected that the movie will acknowledge the audience in a subtle manner. Taika Waitit, the director, talked about the amount of humor in the movie and it’s quite a lot. Deadpool broke the fourth wall and interacted with the audience multiple times in the first movie and is expected to continue the tradition in the sequels. The character is part of the Marvel comics universe but MCU doesn’t have right of Deadpool. So technically, it’s out of the ambit. Hence, GOTG Vol. 2 officially became the first movie to have broken the fourth wall.
The moment arrived in the opening scene itself when Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket, and Drax were fighting a terrifying monster Abilisk on behalf of the Sovereign while Groot was dancing to the new tracks such as Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky”. He jumps on the back of an alien rodent for a ride which is when the moment arrived. He lets go off rodent, tumbles down and comes into the camera. He makes a “dink” noise with his three fingers and that’s when the fourth wall was broken. Many people found it hard to notice as rolls went by so fast. But it was indeed the first time that MCU addressed the audience.
In the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, Groot sacrificed himself to save the fellow team-mates from inevitable death. It was truly heroic and a noble act, for moment fans cried at the loss of Groot but then he re-appeared as Baby Groot which brought a smile to everyone’s face. He was seen dancing behind Drax’s back and now he has broken the fourth wall.
Baby Groot recently found his way on the cover of Empire magazine with a mangled mess of cassette tape titled Awesome Mix Vol. 2, the last gift Star Lord got from his dying mother. Just like before, the awesome mix will play an important role in the GOTG Vol.2 soundtrack. Vin Diesel said in an interview with ScreenRant –
“I’m excited about Baby Groot; he’s just too fun. And in Infinity War, I have to talk to the Russo brothers and find out how this is all gonna go down. I know somewhere in the Marvel universe there is a moment when you will see Groot and Hulk have a few words. I think there’s gonna be a moment that we’re all waiting for, and whether you know it or not, you are waiting to see Groot and the Hulk get down”.
Diesel wants Groot to have a sit in with Hulk but he ain’t alone in having a meeting with an Avenger. Batista a.k.a Drax expressed his desire to meet Iron Man in Avengers: Infinity War. He told ScreenRant in an interview –
“Oh, I’ve said for years, and years, and years. It’s Robert Downey Jr./Tony Stark, man. I think there’s so much humor to be had there with Drax and Tony Stark. With him being such a sarcastic bastard and Drax taking everything so literally. I think there’s tons of humor to be had there. I’m also a huge fan of Robert’s.”
Well, they may have said in jest, but anything is possible in the MCU.