Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 doesn’t go into production until next year and won’t hit theaters until 2017, but if director James Gunn keeps teasing us with the kind of tidbits he’s recently been throwing out, then fans should reach a fevered pitch well before the movie even starts filming.
We now know the official title of the sequel is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But there’s so much more than that.
— Collider News (@ColliderNews) June 29, 2015
Here’s three reasons you should be excited about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 already.
The Script Is More Emotional Than the First
In an interview with Collider, Gunn let this intriguing tidbit of his script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 slip.
“It’s a more emotional movie, it’s both a bigger movie and a smaller movie, because we focus more intensely on some of the characters.”
That keeps it pretty vague but tantalizing nonetheless because the best plots stem from well-developed characters taking action meaningful to them. Intense focus on key characters can only be a good thing.
And, apparently it made Chris Pratt cry, which he told Digital Spy while doing the press tour for Jurassic World.
“I will say that [Gunn’s] pitch, and his idea [for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2], legitimately put tears in my eyes. It is so good, it’s so good. And I cannot wait to get started on it. And I cannot wait for people to see what he’s going to pull off with this second movie. It’s going to be… it’s so, so big and it’s so good. From what I understand they heard it at Marvel and they said nothing. They were like, ‘Perfect.’ There was no micromanaging of the idea. They just loved it so much that they didn’t even have a note for it. It’s going to be remarkable.”
High praise from the man who became a star because of the first Guardians movie.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) June 29, 2015
There’ll Be Less Characters Than the First Movie
Gunn has no plan to flood the movie with loads of new characters, like most sequels. In fact, there’ll be less than the first movie.
“It’s a very moving script. Listen, one of the main things with Guardians of the Galaxy is not to add a bunch of characters, not to make it bigger in that way but to go deeper with the characters… People ask for so many characters to be in [the sequel] and they ask for so many actors who they want to be in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 but we actually have less characters in [this movie] than we have in Guardians of the Galaxy 1 because everything is just getting too sprawling and too crazy for me in these superhero comic book movies. And also in superhero comics in general. There’s just too many characters so you can’t concentrate on one and really get to know that character, and I really want to get to know the characters that we know better, and yeah, we will be introducing a new character…”
Due to the very nature of Guardians, Gunn has a great deal more freedom to build his own world than Joss Whedon did with The Avengers — he doesn’t have to introduce a whole new pack of superheroes and villains and make them relevant for upcoming sequels. So this will hopefully mean that Gunn can avoid the difficulty with Age of Ultron where the massive number of characters lead to a shallow movie reliant on action set pieces, a tacked-on romance and the strange reveal of a family on a farm for one of the heroes to create movement and emotion respectively.
— Screen Rant (@screenrant) June 30, 2015
The Focus Of The Film Will Be On Fathers
Gunn has confirmed that the focus of the movie will be about Dads.
“We get to learn a lot about fathers in [Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2].”
The biggest mystery in Guardians of the Galaxy is who Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s father is. What do we know so far?
His mother was a normal human who described his father as having an “angelic” appearance. Yondu, the leader of a group of pirates, was hired by Quill’s father to pick him up from earth, but the blue criminal, who refers to Peter’s father as a “jackass,” decides to keep the young Quill.
So who is this unknown alien? How did he meet Peter’s mother and why did he leave her and Quill behind? Has he been looking for Peter since he was taken from earth?
In an earlier interview with Alison Rosen, Gunn had elaborated about his work on the sequel.
“The story for Guardians 2 is an original story that I came up with that I started working on, actually, while I was shooting Guardians 1 and it will answer some of the questions that were put forth in the first movie about Peter Quill’s father and who he is and what’s going on with that. We’ll get to know some of the characters a little bit more and then we’re gonna meet some of the new characters that will be very important for the Guardian movies and probably important to the Marvel universe as a whole.”
If the story delves into this mystery, there should be plenty of really good fodder to create the emotional engine for an engaging story.
Awesome Mix Vol 2 Has Already Been Picked
Considering how big a part Awesome Mix Vol. 1 played in Guardians of the Galaxy and how great the iconic late ’60s/early ’70s songs were — this might just be the only reason you need to be excited about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
— FanboyNation (@FanboyNation) April 16, 2015
Mark your calendars — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in theatres May 5, 2017.
[Image courtesy Marvel Studios via Comicvine]