After he finished production on Guardians of the Galaxy just in time for its release date, it seems James Gunn couldn’t help himself from continuing work on the sequel. Before it was even released in theaters, Marvel already announced the sequel to the future smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy for release in 2017. This move obviously paid off for them, as Guardians was propelled to a surprise $94 million opening in domestic theaters. This was way above projections for the film, and it proved Marvel could make just about anything and people would see it.
Gunn recently sat down to talk with Variety, in which he discusses the making of the movie and what the sequel has in store. When asked about the status of the sequel, he said:
“I spent all day on Aug. 1, the day the first movie was released, writing Guardians 2. I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story.”
While Guardians could stand as a standalone movie, it had some elements from the rest of the Marvel Universe, like Thanos. The Guardians are bound to getting introduced to the rest of the Marvel characters, like the Avengers, but it likely won’t happen all in the sequel.
When asked about his thoughts on 3D and why it was used for the film, Gunn said:
“3D kind of is a wash in the United States, but in Europe it’s bigger. So it makes much more of a difference than it does here. If it was just 3D in the United States, most people would not do 3D.”
What he says is very true, as the gimmick of 3D has slowly but surely faded in popularity with US audiences. However, international markets are still making extra money from the surcharge required for 3D, so that’s why we’re seeing some films released in 3D only internationally. The use of 3D in Guardians though, was great and it never distracted from the movie itself.
Gunn is set to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which is set for release on July 28, 2017.