Guardians Of The Galaxy was considered one of Marvel’s biggest gambles (now Ant-Man is now firmly grasping onto that title), and is now the second highest grossing film of last year, becoming the third highest grossing film in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe–only behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3. It blew the two other established franchises (Captain America and Thor) out of the water and proved that Marvel can exploit their more obscure properties for a mainstream audience. Since its release late last year, fans have been itching for a Guardians Of The Galaxy sequel, and though we won’t be getting one until May 2017, there is no shortage of talk from director James Gunn on what we can expect.
In a live commentary on Facebook(via Comic Book), Gunn delved into many details, including the possibility of Groot, Ronan, and many others making a return in the next film and to the franchise as a whole. Perhaps one of the most shocking had to do with the fan-favorite Groot, who [SPOILER] met his untimely end while trying to save the rest of the “guardians” in the first film. A small piece of him survived, and was seen dancing in the memorable dancing sequence before the credits. “Well, who says baby Groot is Groot and not Groot’s son?” Gunn said. “He might be dead.” A very shocking potential revelation, but it wasn’t the only Guardians Of The Galaxy tidbit Gunn had to share.
He also explained the fate of Gamora’s sister Nebula, who was last seen stealing a ship and taking off from Xander amid the climactic battle.
“Sometimes people are confused what happens to Nebula. She looks down for something to fall on, allows herself to fall on a Ravager craft, and takes out the Goth Ravager inside and flies away, leaving everyone to deal with this s*** themselves, because she’s stopped caring. She will be back.”
One surprising character who may make a return to the Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise at some point is the first film’s main antagonist, Ronan the Accuser. When asked if he’d return, James Gunn responded, “Who knows. But not in 2, no.” Marvel has brought back the dead before, so it wouldn’t be the first time, but Ronan’s explosive exit in the first Guardians film did seem definitive, so it’ll be interesting to see how they bring him back, if they ever do.
Perhaps one of the more important pieces of information we got from James Gunn is regarding one of Rocket’s former associates, Lylla, who was listed in his profile in the prison scanning scene in the first film. In the comic books, Lylla is an otter, and is something of a romantic interest for Rocket. Can we expect love to blossom in the next film?
“You’ll have to wait and see on Lylla. But I will say I think a raccoon being sexually attracted to an otter is similar to a human being sexually attracted to a possum. I think it’s very important that Rocket is the only thing like him, which is the source of his sadness and loneliness. An otter girlfriend could get really cartoony really.”
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