Marvel already took a big yet calculated risk with bringing Guardians of the Galaxy to the big screen this past summer. At the time the movie was first announced, the studio had proven they could bring more mainstream superheroes to cinemas and audiences would flock out to see them, but the Guardians weren’t the most recognizable comic book property.
That risk, as we know now, paid off big time for Marvel. Guardians ended up being one of the biggest movies of last year, and it has gained quite a presence in pop culture already. Because of its success, director James Gunn is already signed onto the sequel and is currently hard at work on it now.
With a new Guardians movie could come even more exploration of the vast cosmos established by the first film, as there is still a lot left to be seen. There is also the possibility of it setting up Avengers: Infinity War, although Gunn has already clarified it won’t and will be its own thing.
So now the question remains: what will it be about then. Gunn previously teased bigger roles for Nebula and Yondu, but in a recent episode of the Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend podcast, he revealed even more about the upcoming sequel. When asked what the new film will entail, he responded:
“It’s not really based on anything. The story for Guardians 2 is an original story that I came up with that I started working on actually while I was shooting Guardians 1, and it’ll answer some of the questions that were put forth in the first movie about Peter Quill’s father and who he is and what’s going on with that. We’ll get to know some of the characters a little bit more and then we’re going to meet a couple of new characters who will be very important to Guardians movies and probably important to the Marvel Universe as a whole.”
Guardians itself did not follow a clear-cut storyline from the comics. Instead it took inspiration from the characters established there and developed them into their very own unique thing, which ended up working quite well. Some new Guardians could also join the originals along the way, with Nova and Adam Warlock both speculated to be apart of it. Either way, we’re getting new characters and a bigger story, even if that means diverting from the comics a bit.
Gunn also discussed what it was like to reveal his big idea for the movie to Marvel, and how they responded:
“It’s different than what’s in the comic books. Peter Quill’s father is somebody different in the comics. So then when the movie came out, we got green-lit on the sequel right away. I went in and I sat down with those guys and I’m like, ‘Okay, here’s what I think the sequel should be.’ And they were like, ‘Oh, whoa. That’s risky, but okay.’ Now I’m going to turn over the story in a few short weeks and we’ll find out how well it works.”
Since it is not yet a final draft of the film, the big risks Gunn is supposedly taken could always be changed in favor of a safer and more reliable storyline. Then again, Marvel has never typically stayed to what’s safe. Usually they go for the riskier projects that end up paying off in the end, and if Guardians 2 is anything like the first one, it’s almost guaranteed that it will be another hit for the studio.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is set for release on May 5, 2017.