One thing is certain about Vin Diesel: he is enthusiastic about the movies he makes, whether it be the latest Fast & Furious installment, another Guardians of the Galaxy movie, or the belated xXx sequel, xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Nowhere was this more evident than a recent live video Diesel posted to Facebook after watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in which he reprises his role (albeit in a tinier form) as sentient tree creature Groot.
If Diesel’s video is indication, he and Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2 director James Gunn have become pretty chummy over the course of shooting two movies together. This is further evidenced by the existence of an alternate version of the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 script that only Disel and Gunn have seen and in which all of Groot’s monosyllabic dialogue has been translated to English. The actor and director also spent some time in the video talking about the movie’s plot, and particularly how it relates to a certain theme.
That theme is family, and in Diesel’s Facebook video he and Gunn have some back and forth about how it relates to two characters in particular: Zoe Saldana’s Gamora and Karen Gillan’s Nebula. Gunn has been open about his desire to have a larger female presence in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and the addition of Nebula to the team roster helps with that goal. It also introduces a sibling dynamic between her and Gamora, which Gunn says allows Nebula to grow as a character:
“I really feel like we give the female characters a chance to shine in this movie. Because Zoe Saldana comes in and she is so wonderfully beautiful as her character. It’s touching. And Karen Gillan as Nebula comes in, and she’s her sister, and she’s completely a much deeper character than we got in the first movie, so we get to know her.”
Diesel expressed his agreement with Gunn’s assessment of their relationship, and added that he found it to be unique to their movie:
“That character, the sisterhood that you explore in this movie is something we haven’t seen in film. We definitely haven’t seen it in this level of film.”
While there have certainly been movies exploring the theme of sisterhood, Diesel may be right about it being a theme that hasn’t been explored much in blockbuster comic book movies. The typically testosterone-heavy movies tend to be more focused on the male relationships, like the bromance between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes in Captain America: Civil War or the soon-to-be-explored friendship between Thor and Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok.
Gunn added that the sisterhood themes also extend to broader themes of family that involve the entire Guardians team. After all, saving the universe together is a pretty good bonding experience, and with the Guardians already having done that in the first movie, this time around they can explore the bonds they’ve already made:
“And that’s one of the things that this movie is about… The first movie was really about becoming a family. This movie is about being a family. And what’s harder, becoming a family or being a family? I think it’s being a family. That’s where you really have to deal with each other. And that’s what this movie is about. And they’re sisters. They are family, whether they like it or not. And they also want to kill each other, so it adds a new twist to being a sister.”
When Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters in 2018, the Guardians of the Galaxy will finally have an opportunity to bond with the rest of Marvel’s cinematic superhero family. Before then, they will at least have one more chance to strengthen their intra-team familial bonds with each other when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is released next year.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
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