Actor Chris Pratt – also known as Guardians Of The Galaxy lead Peter Quill – has addressed the idea of a guest appearance on Marvel’s flagship ABC TV show, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. During a press event, the star was asked about the possibility of Quill showing up in the series, as his fellow Marvel movie stars Samuel L Jackson and Cobie Smulders have. The response was relatively positive:
“I wouldn’t rule it out. Marvel would have to decide, but if it made sense for the brand and for the story, yeah sure I’d do it. What’s pretty neat about Marvel [is that] the mythology exists across all mediums – comic books to films to television. It’s one giant universe, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility.”
The question comes ahead of the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of the film that stormed the summer box office to tune of $770 million. Also starring Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Djimon Hounsou, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly and Benicio Del Toro, Guardians Of The Galaxy is directed by James Gunn and – along with The Lego Movie – launched the burgeoning movie career of Chris Pratt into the stratosphere.
A guest appearance on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D would mark a welcome return to television for Pratt, who is about to wrap the sixth and final season of NBC’s hit comedy series Parks And Recreation – of which he has always been an integral part. The Marvel drama would also surely benefit from the guaranteed ratings bump provided by such a cameo.
The suggestion does highlight what has become a major criticism of the show, however, and the role it plays in Marvel’s Cohesive Universe. During the show’s first season, many viewers became frustrated with the storyline of the series, feeling that it was essentially treading water until the theatrical release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier – because in a cohesive universe, everything has to tie in together. While season two is widely regarded as quality television, there is a persistent concern that developments in the theatrical side of the mythology might again have a negative effect on the show which seems, by default, to be a lower priority.
Robert Downey Jr. also expressed an interest in appearing on the show, during a recent Reddit AMA – though he conceded there would almost certainly be “a fair amount of red tape involved.” Downey Jr. is arguably the biggest star in the Marvel Universe – his Iron Man franchise having essentially jump-started the entire enterprise in the first place, back in 2008.
His absence from the small screen endeavor has led to further criticism of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, that it requires belief in a world of secret agents supporting superheroes – and vice versa – without the most prominent of those heroes ever showing up. Could Guardians Of The Galaxy actor Chris Pratt be the hero to change all that? He certainly seems to be willing, but only time will tell.
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