Marvel Cinematic Universe hit a gold mine with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy last year. Not only was the movie a huge success in ticket sales, but it also proved that the studio could create a team of heroes without having to introduce them first in other films. With Marvel set to release even more superhero related films in the coming years — starting with Captain America: Civil War next May — the only question remaining is just how Guardians of the Galaxy will tie in with the rest of Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In particular, it will be interesting to see how Guardians will connect with the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, which is set to lead to a slew of movies, including the next Avengers. According to Movie Pilot, although the characters have yet to cross over into each others’ worlds, they will be connected with the growing presence of Thanos as the main villain in the upcoming films.
In fact, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building to a final confrontation between the Avengers and Thanos, who is expected to reach ultimate power after he gains control of the Infinity Gauntlet. With that in mind, things aren’t set to go down with Thanos until the second part of The Avengers: Infinity War, which gives the studio plenty of time to start linking Guardians with the larger MCU.
Interestingly, there are a few characters from Guardians that may be useful in taking down Thanos. For starters, Gamora is a daughter of Thanos, and may be able to offer some insight into taking him down. Additionally, although she openly hates her father, she may be able to manipulate him to the advantage of the Avengers.
At the same time, all of the Guardians have had experience in dealing with Thanos, who proved to be a major player in the first movie. Furthermore, they also had to deal with one of the infinity gems, which will only add to their experience as Thanos attempts to secure all of the gems for himself.
With that in mind, the possibility of a crossover may actually end of happening in Captain America: Civil War; although, it will most likely be subtle in nature. A crossover could very well occur during an end of credits scene. Either way, fans should expect to see some kind of link between the two worlds in the upcoming movie as Marvel sets to expand its universe.
Indeed, the idea of a small link between the two worlds over a large one is a notion that was backed up by recent comments from director James Gunn, who is adamant in keeping the two worlds as separated as possible.
“We really are separate from the Avengers, and I don’t think people should assume too many things about the Guardians play in all this, because we have our own galaxy to take care of,” he told the outlet. “We have our own galaxy to save. Earth is the Avenger’s province. Thinking that everything is going to come together in a perfect way is not necessarily the way it’s going to happen.”
Even still, with Thanos growing in power and set to become the biggest villain the Avengers have yet to face, it is possible that the Guardians will come to the aid of the Avengers at some point in the future. This is especially true if Thanos does complete the construction of the Infinity Gauntlet, as he would then be powerful enough to threaten the entire universe, let alone Earth.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 6, 2016, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to open on May 5, 2017.
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