'Guardians Of The Galaxy 2': Peter Quill's Dad And Time Travel

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 writer/director James Gunn opened up about what we can expect for the 2017 sequel, saying that certain mysteries from the first film would be resolved, notably the identity of Peter Quill's irresponsible alien father.

Comic book fans might be a bit disappointed.

According to an interview Gunn did with Empire, Quill's father in the movies will not be J'son of Spartax, departing from the original Guardians of the Galaxy plot. Gunn didn't specify who would fill the father position, that's a detail viewers can look forward to in 2017.

As for the characters, the main five will be returning -- even Groot. Cinema Blend is speculating that the lovable tree may be fully grown again after being blown to bits in the first film. As for the side characters, and the villain, things are still up in the air, but Gunn dropped another hint about Thanos.

"Thanos is not the most important thing in 'Guardians 2,' that's for damn sure."

Not the most important thing? Does not sound like a main villain. Still, Gunn added that Thanos might show up in Guardians, if it moves the plot forward.

Then there was that rumor about a Star Wars/Guardians of the Galaxy crossover, Gunn specified that would not be possible for a fairly obvious reason.

"'Star Wars' was a long time ago. It would have to be time travel."

So... time travel? That's probably too much for just one movie.

One thing was clear from Gunn's interviews: He has been dedicated to this sequel for a while. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, he got to work on the script right away.

"I spent all day on August 1, the day the first movie was released, writing 'Guardians 2.' I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story."

Audiences are probably going to agree. The first Guardians of the Galaxy made about $732 million as of October, making it the Marvel's third highest grossing movie worldwide. Even China loved it, despite reported translation issues in the subtitles.

James Gunn added one more thing that audiences can expect.

"It's going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes. In really horribly brutal fashion."

Of course, that part was just a joke, or maybe just something to look forward to in the extra features.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will hit theaters on July 28, 2017.