Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has confirmed that one of the characters from the first film will not be re-appearing in the sequel. The character in question? Only the small matter of the biggest Marvel baddie of them all – Thanos.
To Guardians of the Galaxy fans, he was the purple guy floating on a cosmic chair at the end of the first movie.
He was the one who made Ronan the Accuser go after the Infinity Stone but despite playing a significant role in the first film, we won’t be seeing him at all the second time round, even though the whole of Marvel’s Phase Three is gearing up towards Infinity War; the third Avengers film in which they will finally take on the super-villain.
“As I’ve said before, Thanos isn’t in this movie. I think he’s gonna have a little bit to do and say when it comes to certain wars and infinity. We’ve got other fish to fry in Guardians Vol 2.” Those other fish may include this rather strange Marvel villain, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.
He went on to say: ”We’re not really so much about the Infinity Stones in Guardians 2. Is that a spoiler? It’s not really a thing.”
Gunn also confirmed that none of the Avengers will appear in the sequel and admitted that he is very excited for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in a rare sign of peacekeeping between Marvel and Dc.
In related news, James Gunn has shared a pic from the set which reveals the logo of the new movie with the words: “To quote the great poet David Coverdale, Here I Go Again.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released 28 April 2017 in the UK.