James Gunn, writer-director of Guardians of the Galaxy has been busy teasing the third movie in all his interviews. He is increasingly becoming one of the most sought-after people as he is telling fans what to expect, behind-the-scenes at Marvel and sometimes even stoke controversy. He will oversee the phase 4 of the MCU.
Recently, GOTG Vol.2 DVD and Blu-ray was released and immediately afterward James Gunn took to Instagram and announced that final draft of GOTG Vol. 3 is almost finished. Here’s what he said:
“Yes the bedhead is particularly out-of-control this morning, but I thought it was important to share my new Groot mug with you. About to sit down with a cup of joe to work on – and almost finish – the first full draft of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 treatment – almost 70 pages. What are you guys up to?”
He recently revealed the behind-the-scenes story regarding a certain post-credit scene. He literally had to fight Marvel for Adam Warlock appearance. This is what he had to say in an interview with CinemaBlend:
“I had to fight for Adam in the post-credits sequence. Because I really thought that’s where that should go. And I thought one of the main reasons to have the Sovereign in the movie was to give audiences the hint that Adam Warlock is coming. That was one of the reasons for them to exist. And I wrote that post-credits sequence in the first draft of the script. And then there were a lot of questions about whether or not we should put that in there because people were going to expect Adam Warlock in Infinity War. So one of the things I promised, which I do all of the time on Twitter, is letting everyone know that Adam Warlock is not going to be in Avengers 3 or Avengers 4. It’s just not going to happen. Because I didn’t want people to have false expectations of what they thought was going to happen with Adam.”
This revelation had come immediately after Ian Joyner released Adam Warlock concept art which he claims to very close to what is being used in the film. It’s a pity that we won’t get to see Adam Warlock until MCU phase 4 as he won’t be featured in Avengers Infinity War or Avengers 4.
It’s clear that he won’t show up in Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp or Captain Marvel. So all those Adam Warlock fans gotta wait some more years before you get an actual glimpse of the iconic comic-book character.
One of the criticisms of the GOTG has come from the fans of Rocket Raccoon. He is clearly an indispensable member of the team, in fact, Star-Lord once told him that he is the best tactical mind he’s ever met. Rocket Raccoon will be the one who will drive the narrative forward. James Gunn recently spoke at Hasbro HASCON about the future of the characters of GOTG. He was asked about Rocket and he had this to say:
“As you know, the MCU is one way of processing these characters. 616 is a different one. We are going to learn more about where Rocket comes from in the coming sagas. It’s going to be a little different from the comics. We already know a lot about from where he came from. It’s a little bit more horrible than what it is in the comics when you come down to it. We will learn more about that.”
He is a genetically modified Raccoon with a passion for weapons and dangerous things. He had tortured past as he was experimented upon to become a Chief Law Officer on HalfWorld (a colony for the mentally ill). He managed to cure some portion of the colony their mental illness and then joined GOTG. He will be next seen in Avengers 3, Avengers 4 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
James Gunn dropped a bombshell in another interview in which he said GOTG Vol. 3 will set up the next 10 or 20 years of MCU. This is what he said:
“One of the things I’m doing with creating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it will take place after the next two Avengers movies, and it will help to set up the next 10, 20 years of Marvel movies. It’s going to really expand the cosmic universe. We’re going to be setting up new characters. It will be the last movie of this version of Guardians of the Galaxy.”
This means that the focus of Marvel Phase 4 and 5 will not be Avengers, there will be an entirely new team comprising of young and the old, the battle-tested and rookies who will take on the future threats. Kevin Feige (President, Marvel Studios) also teased the phase 4 of Marvels cinematic universe and is touting it as something never seen before in Marvel films. He said:
“I think you look at the comics as a guide, although some titles get rebooted or re-launched, the narrative exists on a never-ending continuum”.
He further said that Marvel’s phase 4 will mark a new beginning and a very distinct chapter comprising of the finality of all the previous phases. It would probably include The Inhumans, Black Panther sequel, Captain Marvel sequel, Dr. Strange sequel, Guardians of the galaxy 3 etc. One thing which is absolutely clear looking at the roster of superhero movies in the pipeline is that we will see a huge influx of mysticism and magic in Marvel movies in phase 4. The big villain could be Mephisto who is a powerful cosmic villain who can fill the void post-Thanos extinction.
The threequel of GOTG may be released sooner than you would expect. James Gunn also revealed another interesting insight. At the end of GOTG Vol. 2, Peter Quill’s adoptive father Yondu gave him a Zune to replace his ancient Walkman. Till now in the first two volumes, the songs are inspired by his mother (Laura Haddock) but in the third movie, they will be choices of his father. This is what he said:
“Well yes, you’re correct. Volume 1 and Volume 2 have been Meredith’s song choices, her communication to Peter. In Volume 3, it will be Yondu communicating to Peter.”
The characters of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 include – Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Baby Groot (Vin Diesel), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Yondu (Michael Rooker), Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone) and Kraglin (who joined forces with Guardians but was not an official member).