With Josh Brolin’s recent exclamation that we are to expect “Thanos against everyone,” in Avengers 3 – the two part extravaganza, based on Infinity Wars, a lot of fans were hoping that this would culminate in a Guardians of the Galaxy/Avengers crossover, but James Gunn doesn’t seem so sure about a crossover working quite the way fans will be expecting it to. It’s something that Gunn has been asked about this numerous times during promotional circuit of the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray and dvd release of his film. Gunn – understandably so – seems very protective of the world and characters he has created in Guardians Of The Galaxy, so it’s not surprising that he seems pretty despondent about the whole concept of the Avengers and the Guardians teaming up, especially as he has only just started work on Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Gunn sat down with Screen Junkies to answer fans questions, and when he was asked about how the dark tone of Avengers: Age of Ultron would affect Guardians of the Galaxy 2, he had this tidbit to offer:
“[We’re] trying to make [Avengers] effect it as little as possible, [as] 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. We have our own galaxy to take care of. We have our own galaxy to save. Earth is the Avengers’ province. Thinking that everything is going to come together in a perfect way is not necessarily the way it’s gonna happen.”
James Gunn is know for his idiosyncratic personality, which is perhaps one of the reasons he was the perfect director to take Guardians of the Galaxy on; with his comic sensibilities brushing off onto the various characters, making the film one of the best Marvel outings to date. However, this also the movie a slightly different tone, and it works extremely well as a standalone film, so it’s understandable to see where Gunn is coming from. Futhermore, the success of of Gunn’s vision – with lack of big star names, and the anomaly of marketing a talking, machine gun, wielding raccoon – just goes to show that Gunn doesn’t need to rely on the more established characters, such as Captain America and Iron Man, to convince people to flock to the cinema.
We didn’t get much news about what more to expect in Guardians of the Galaxy, but one thing is for certain, we will definitely be seeing more of Gunn’s friend Michael Rooker (playing the role of Star-Lords outlaw mentor Yondu), and also Gunn’s brother, Sean Gunn, playing the role of Kraglin going by this quote
“Listen, Michael Rooker is my good friend,” Gunn stated. “Where would I be without Michael Rooker by my side on a film project. I haven’t made a movie yet without him. Who knows? There’s a good chance we’ll see at least a little bit more Yondu…. And Kraglin, my brother! I love those ravagers, they’re one of my favorite parts of the movie.”
What do you think about Gunn’s views on a Guardians of the Galaxy/Marvel crossover? Are you disappointed that the possibility of a crossover might not come to light?
You can watch Gunn answering more fan questions in the video clip below:
Guardians of the Galaxy will be released on May 5, 2017, with Avengers: Infinity War part 1, opening on May 4, 2018.