James Gunn has been forced to deny that Thor makes an appearance in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 after inadvertently starting rumors that Chris Hemsworth had been on set to join the blockbuster.
This speculation began after James Gunn uploaded a picture of himself wielding Thor’s hammer, otherwise known as Mjolnir. Websites, bloggers, and moviegoers soon started to speculate over whether the Australian’s nordic God was actually in the film.
But James Gunn immediately quashed these rumors by insisting that Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 doesn’t feature the Avenger, nor does it include any of the other Avengers.
The director wrote above a picture of himself on Facebook holding onto Mjolnir, “This is actually a nice little collection of my and the cast’s behind-the-scenes glimpses at Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (And, no, Thor isn’t in Vol. 2 – the props guy just happened to have it around and I decided to take a pic with it. Not sure if I’m able to lift it because I’m worthy or because I’m soulless like an elevator).”
James Gunn also took to Twitter to confirm that Thor won’t be included in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, just to make sure that people really, really knew that he won’t be involved.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 4, 2016
But this immediately led to speculation that there might be another reason why the hammer was on set. Comic Book Movie speculated that maybe someone else that’s able to wield Mjolnir will be involved in the film, which could include Beta Ray Bill or Eric Masterson, who later becomes Thunderstrike.
However, that’s just as unlikely, too. But it doesn’t mean that it’s not fun to speculate about who could be involved in the film, and who it would be fun to see alongside Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, Dave Bautista’s Drax, Vin Diesel’s Groot, Bradley Cooper’s Rocket, and Karen Gillian’s Nebula.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 will revolve around Peter Quill’s pursuit to learn more about his father, who was originally teased in the first film, released back in 2014. In Guardians Of The Galaxy we saw the death of Peter Quill’s mother, who was a human, while it was teased that his father was an alien.
The addition of Kurt Russell to the Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 cast has led to rabid speculation that The Hateful Eight, Silkwood, Escape From New York, and The Thing actor would be playing Peter Quill’s father in the film.
— Comic Book Resources (@CBR) June 4, 2016
James Gunn, who is writing and directing Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, will have a big job on his hands to try and eclipse its predecessor. While the comic book that the film that is based on was firmly a cult commodity before GOTG was released into cinemas, it went on to gross over $773 million, while it was met with a hugely positive critical response. It has a score of 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
We’ll get to see if Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 can match or even eclipse its predecessor when it’s released into cinemas on May 5, 2017. Meanwhile, those of you who really want to see Thor and are wondering when you’ll next get to marvel over his superhero antics will be able to do so on November 3, 2017, when Thor: Ragnarok is released into cinemas. Meanwhile Thor and Peter Quill will team together, with dozens of other heroes in 2018 and 2019’s Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2.
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