It was confirmed Friday there will be another Guardians of the Galaxy in the future and James Gunn will return to helm this project. The director and co-writer of the latest Marvel movie is currently at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 where he’s revealed there will be more of Michael Rooker’s Yondu, Peter Quill’s past, and Drax.
Film Divider was able to ask Gunn about the where the Galaxy of the Guardians franchise will head in the future.
“I know a lot of where I want to go. I have a lot of ideas for stories and characters that are going to appear, and there are documents written up, that some people have, about Peter Quill’s father and his relationship, a lot of stuff about Yondu and a lot of stuff about Drax that nobody knows.
“There are a lot of things that are part of the overall schematic that already exist, not to mention a lot of stuff about all of the cultures. There’s a lot of stuff about Xandarian and Kree culture that I’ve written down or I have in my head, as well as Krylorians and Ravagers.”
Gunn brought up Quill’s father and Yondu again during a roundtable later in the day and described Rooker’s character as “really important in this universe.” He also mentioned Karen Gillan’s Nebula as another character that could be seen again.
There’s been a lot of stuff written for the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel already, according to Gunn, with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also contributing. The buzz for the film has been tremendous heading into its general release, with its Rotten Tomatoes score sitting at 100 percent since the Los Angeles and London premieres earlier in the week.
However, it doesn’t sound like co-writer Nicole Perlman will return for Guardians 2. Gunn’s description of his changes to her original script makes it sound like nearly everything she originally scripted was thrown out including the story and character arcs. If true, this makes the franchise very much a Gunn production in the same way that The Avengers is now intrinsically tied to director Joss Whedon because of his input.
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit the full theatrical release button on Friday, August 1, though many theaters are already selling tickets for Thursday, July 31 showings. The movie stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro.
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