‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ & ‘The Avengers’ Crossover in the Works

Published 9 months ago by , Updated October 6th, 2014 at 1:41 am,

Disney and Marvel Studios took a big risk with not only developing a major blockbuster release based on their relatively obscure property Guardians of the Galaxy, but tapping indie auteur James Gunn (Super) as writer-director. As this weekend’s box office numbers prove, the gamble has paid off, with the overall positive fan and critical reception of Guardians opening up all kinds of possibilities for Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.

Given the carefully strategized, interconnected nature of the Marvel movies so far, fans have speculated on how long it would take for the Guardians to cross paths with The Avengers. Such a crossover has always been a possibility, considering that we learned long ago that Marvel’s big bad Thanos would show up in GoTG, and Gunn himself voiced his desire to see his entry into the Marvel canon “grow into other things.”

There has been no official, studio-sanctioned announcements about any such event, but with Guardians poised to maybe overtake April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s opening weekend take, the film’s director and stars spoke with Yahoo! UK (courtesy of /Film) about the idea.

Just about every actor wants to see the Guardians eventually teaming up (or going eyeball-to-eyeball) with The Avengers. You can watch the full video above, but James Gunn is closest to the Marvel brain trust and said the following:

We talked about all sorts of possibilities [for a crossover] and I kind of know what the basic plan is. That could or could not include a couple of Avengers and a couple of Guardians meeting up, or all of the Avengers and all of the Guardians. But, we do inhabit the same universe and they’re pretty big personalities that are likely to, at some point or another, run into each other.

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Star Vin Diesel, who voices sentient tree Groot, also believes such a crossover is inevitable, saying:

I think there’s going to be huge fans of the Guardians and there are huge fans of the Avengers and I think the discussion has already been had. I think the audience may demand something like that.

Karen Gillan (Nebula) responded to the idea with “Why not?” and Zoe Saldana (Gamora) thinks the Guardians might actually be more than a match for the Avengers, but there is one (sort of) dissenter in the form of Star-Lord himself, Chris Pratt, who said:

If you go from five characters and you add another five characters, that’s ten characters. That can be very difficult. That being said, Marvel knows their stuff. Knows their business. And I see this, rather than taking the worlds that already exist and putting them together, this opens up doors into brand new worlds. We take characters we didn’t even know existed in the four corners of the universe and we see their stories.

All of these characters do indeed inhabit the same, ever-expanding universe, and now that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has been confirmed for 2017, we can maybe start wondering about those outlying release dates Marvel has lined up for 2017, 2018 and 2019. We know that Doctor Strange is likely to take the remaining 2016 date, and Thor 3 could appear in November 2017.

Or will “a couple of Avengers” actually show up in GoTG 2? In the aftermath of the 2012 film The Avengers, the individual Phase 2 sequels have not included any other team members outside of a couple of clever little cameos. It’s conceivable that Marvel will begin to change up their formula as they expand the universe across the galaxy and work on establishing other titles beyond the main Avengers lineup.

What do you think, Screen Ranters? Should the Avengers and the Guardians be featured together on the big-screen? If so, when?

Guardians of the Galaxy is currently in theaters. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1st, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17th, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6th, 2016, unannounced films on July 8th, 2016 and May 5th, 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on July 28th, 2017, and unannounced movies on November 3rd, 2017, July 6th, 2018, November 2nd, 2018, and May 3rd, 2019.

Source: Yahoo! UK, /Film

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  1. If they are going to do this they need it to be a 2 movie event. Trying to fit everyone into one movie with all the action would be close to impossible.I think if both movies pushed the two and a half three hour mark then they could do a team up that would do justice to The Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy.

    • Exactly , we need this to split this into 2 parts:
      Avengers 3 pt 1 Thanos will be with you in a moment
      Avengers 3 pt 2 THANOS BITCHES!!!

    • I like the two part mega movie idea. It worked for the last Harry Potter and Twilight installments, it WILL work for The Hunger Games saga… The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions were originally one and the same movie… that isn’t the best example in the world… but the point remains that it has been done before successfully. I feel like an earth battle followed by a space battle or vice versa

    • Yeah the movie would need to be at minimum 3 and a half hours long not including credits to have it do justice to both teams considering there HUGE Personalities of course I’d be fine with 2 2 and a half hour movies not including credits however if the later was the case I wouldn’t make it an avengers movie I’d make it just The Infinity Gauntlet and include basically every hero in the marvel cinematic universe to date to go up against Thanos

  2. I think it would be cool to do a team up or crossover. A longer 3 hour movie will more then suffice, just as long as it isn’t a single story that’s been broken into 3 movies unnecessarily. Looking at you Hobbit.

  3. I think I’m in love with Zoe Saldana

    • I agree. She can beat me up and down the block whenever she wants. Hey now!

  4. The only real way to do this is if the *SPOILER* rumor about the end of Age of Ultron is true. Hulk gets out of control and launched into space. Logically that should lead into Planet Hulk, but we’ve already heard that that’s not going to happen (for much the same reason that “Deadpool” wasn’t masked in X-Men Origins, i.e, to show the actors face and now just CGI/Costume) so without a Planet Hulk, they could have Hulk meeting up with the Guardians which could tie them together for a future film, which could inevitably lead to Planet Hulk somewhere down the road. But I’d rather see an “Infinity Gauntlet” Storyline first.

  5. Wouldn’t the movie be crammed as hell?
    Nearly impossible to give everyone ample screentime.

    • Depends how they do it. It could be do be if they come up with a story line where say they all face a mission that requires them all to spilt up into groups of 3(and one group of 4). That way they can jump back and forth between 3 different groups over the course of a 2hrs 45 mins movie where they only have to share the screen with all 10 for roughly 30 or so mins together. And obviously if they add more avengers by then they can adjust the group numbers accordingly.

      • I’ve not read the comic but, according to Wikipedia, the first thing Thanos does with the gauntlet is wipe out half of the sentient life in the Universe (to impress Death). This kills off Iron Man and the Hulk amongst others – so the movie might not be as crowded as we first thought.

        • That’s definitely a possibility but marvel still plans on introducing more heroes before avengers 3 comes out so even if they kill off 2 characters, by then, they might have added 3 new ones.

  6. for those thinking that a crossover is to many characters to manage, i submit for your approval, the 1963 brilliant comedy It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. it was 3hr and 30 min long granted, but it shows a massive amount of people in a film can be managed well. i think it could be done in a 2hr 45 min film with all the characters that will have come to light by avengers 3, especially if it’s a sort of part 2 to GOTG2.

    • @Jeffro, you sir are correct. One of the BEST comedies of all time, What they did with its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad world, was pure incredible, All the characters and there is about 25 from the beginning to the end, had an origin and you know who each was by end of the movie, all had sufficient screen time. If you made a 3 hour + movie it could work. With each working together in groups. It will take a LOT of time to get the script correct. But Because I would like as many of these movies as they can make. I would not mind a 2 movie split. With the first half having the good guys ending with a serious ass kicking, and having the 2nd movie with them winning, but at a cost and at the skin of their teeth.

  7. I have no problem with it as long it’s done right and there’s screentime for the characters. But in terms of the Infinity Gauntlet storyline for The Avengers, I wouldn’t mind having Drax and Gamora being used since they’re the only characters that have association with Thanos. In GoTG Drax even mentions that it was Thanos not Ronan who killed his family and he isn’t done yet. Maybe they can use Drax for Avengers 3 since his powers is to track Thanos down and he is created for the sole purpose to Destroy him.

  8. A crossover movie ? Absolutely, if for no other reason than to see Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man and Bradley Cooper’s rocket exchanging one liners.

    • Yes. Just make an Iron man and Rocket movie for craps sake. Maybe War Machine and Groot can join too.

  9. If they are the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, assuming said GALAXY is Earth’s galaxy, then doesn’t that mean that they should be 1) stronger than and 2) also in charge of Earth’s Avengers?

    • Xandar is in the Andromeda galaxy. Earth is in the Milky Way Galaxy.

      • I think what he meant was that the Avengers are just a bunch of dudes saving a tiny planet. the GUARDIANS of any GALAXY should be strongers than them.

        • Who says they’re not?

  10. people will say it can’t be done and there would be too many actors/characters. but think about how the marvel movies have evolved. think about the first hour of avengers. a lot of it was boring set-up. now think of gotg – it was a much higher percentage of awesome. so maybe they are gradually getting to the point where the movies can have more of a comic book structure. two hours is a long time, there’s no reason we can’t have a bunch of action scenes with guardians and a bunch with the avengers in the same movie. i just hope they can keep the spirit of both movies in their respective scenes. also, how else could thanos be defeated once he has the infinity gauntlet besides a massive team up. it’s inevitable

  11. It may not be a full crossover, but I think they will eventually have GOTG mix it up with Thor to take on other cosmic threats. They can bring several cosmic baddies together for this team to fight. Seems like a full crossover with all the characters may prove too difficult. But with their recent track record, if any studio can do it, it would be Marvel Studios.

  12. Lol i need to see GoTG

    • It’s phenomenal, go see it now!

  13. Here’s an option: The GotG/Avengers crossover is 2 movies bookending an entire phase of Marvel movies.

    Avengers 3- The Avengers go up against Thanos and are handily defeated. A couple are killed, most of the rest are taken prisoner. Thor flies off to find help, while Hawkeye and Black Widow manage to avoid capture.

    Hawkeye/Black Widow- The two of them avoid capture while gathering intelligence. They meet up with Coulson and join his resistance group.

    Captain Marvel- Carole Danvers is introduced on Earth, draws Thanos’ attention, and has to go into hiding.

    Nova- Thor travels to Xandar to recruit the Nova Corps for help, but finds Xandar in ruins and the Nova Corps decimated. The only Nova left is a new recruit, Richard Rider. Rider agrees to accompany Thor to save Earth, his homeworld. Along the way, Thor meets Beta Ray Bill, gets into a pissing match with him over Mjolnir, and convinces him to join them in saving Earth.

    Ant Man 2- Scott Lang escapes from Thanos’ prison and goes to find help. He recruits Hope Pym as the new Wasp, and the two of them join the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in forming an underground resistance.

    Adam Warlock- Thor meets Adam Warlock and recruits him to come to Earth’s aid.

    Guardians of the Galaxy 3- The Guardians come upon Nova, who aids them in a battle. Nova explains what’s happening to the Earth, and Quill, hearing that Earth is in danger, agrees to return to Earth with him.

    During this time there are also 2 seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in which Coulson and his team must recruit super humans to join a resistance against Thanos, and simultaneously avoid Thanos’ occupying army. There is also a second season of The Defenders which sets them up to fight in the final battle against Thanos.

    All of this sets up:
    Avengers 4- Thor returns to Earth with a small army in tow (Guardians of the Galaxy, Adam Warlock, Nova, Beta Ray Bill, Cosmo, and Howard the Duck). As they arrive, the resistance group succeeds in rescuing the Avengers (what’s left of them, at least), and all the heroes join in a massive battle against Thanos and his forces. Most of the additional characters would be little more than cameos, since it sets up for as many as 50 different heroes to be involved.

    This allows everyone to get some screen time over the course of the (8) movies and TV series, lets the main characters get more prominent time, keeps everything very tight and interconnected, gives Thanos the respect he deserves, and we get to see everyone together in the climactic battle.

  14. maybe they’ll have guardians 2 end with the guardians coming to earth to warn the avengers that thanos and his army are coming. Then have avengers 3 be a huge team up movie.

  15. The Avengers vs Thanos in Avengers 3 can’t be the death of Thanos. I’d rather see Adam Warlock awakened in Guardians 2 then ONLY have Warlock go to Earth in Avengers 3 to keep it from getting crowded. Save the Guardians vs Thanos for the Guardians 3… Thanos Imperative.

    Than again all of them in one movie would be pretty epic too.

  16. But I want a film where ALL established characters come together in one MASSIVE team to fight the main threat. GOTG, Avengers, Ant Man, Dr. Strange, Warriors 3, Black Panther, etc.

  17. *sigh* Can Marvel get enough money to pay some of the actors…

  18. ****Possible Spoiler*****
    I am not sure if anyone mentioned this yet, but with Star Lord’s dad having a connection with Jean Grey, wouldn’t a better crossover occur with X-Men and GotG before the Avengers. I think it is more likely that we get Spiderman on board with the Avengers before merging/connecting Avengers and GotG. Also compounding the connections, depending on how far along they go with the universe, we can see Magneto’s daughter joined up with Captain America (winter soldier end credits scene) with the whole gifted registry thing……..I can’t wait to see where they do actuall go with all of it and when it will just become one huge-a$$ movie with a bunch of old actors because it will be the year 2030.

    • Xmen and Spiderman are owned by Sony, not Marvel. They won’t be crossing over with Marvel Studios stuff.

      • Fox owns XMen and Sony owns Spidey. Yea good luck with that lol.

  19. If the Hobbit series can do it, so can the MCU; both have lots of characters and lots of sequences/situations

  20. why doesnt robert downey jr. send his suit to a space program so his ironman suit can be a space suit then they send ironman into space who then meets GOTG

    • That’s…actually not a bad idea!

  21. With Thanos being the big bad in The Avengers 3, doesn’t it seem obvious how the Avengers and Guardians will cross paths? I’m not a comic buff, but it seems pretty clear to me that Thanos will be the connecting factor between the two groups. Even if the two groups don’t meet, I hope at least a few cross paths. Mostly, I would love to see Rocket and Tony verbally spar.

  22. Ever since I realized that the Collector (who was in Thor 2′s mid-credit scene) was in Guardians of the Galaxy, I figured that they would cross paths with the Avengers at some point (I assumed it would be a 2 part Avengers 3).

    However, Chris Pratt has a very valid point. The GotG and The Avengers are 10 characters right there. Marvel is also adding characters (Scarlet Witch, Quick Silver, Ant Man, etc.). An overcrowding of villains is usually a sub-par idea, so why should an overcrowding of hero’s be a good one???

    Additionally, like others have said, it would be a bit difficult for some characters to get sufficient screen time (and thus disappointing fans of those characters).

    If Marvel goes about it a certain way (and the right way), I suppose it could work, though. It still sounds like an epic idea to me.

  23. Wouldnt the hulk be able to match thanos. Im no comic buff by the way

    • No–Thanos is more powerful than the Hulk. The only being in the Marvel Universe more powerful than Thanos (and many would even consider it up for debate) is Galactus, but I’m not even sure Marvel has the movie rights to him, since he is primarily a Fantastic Four villain, and Fox owns Fantastic Four.

  24. A crossover between GoTG and *specific* Avengers is totally feasible because look at the recent events in Marvel NOW, primarily w/ Iron Man briefly joining the team. In fact I don’t think I’m reaching when I say a crossover featuring only Iron Man in a version of above scenario would be sufficient.