The Guardians of the Galaxy are finally going to crossover with the Avengers in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War, but they’re going to be more supporting players than a primary focus. Ever since the cosmic criminals-turned-heroes made a splash in 2014, fans have been eager to see Star-Lord and friends come back to Earth and join forces with Iron Man, Captain America, and the rest of the Avengers team. With the Mad Titan Thanos getting ready to strike, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to need all the help it can get, meaning the time is right for all the protagonists of the franchise to combine their powers. It’s undoubtedly the biggest event in Marvel’s history, and will be unlike anything viewers have seen.
With so many characters in the ensemble for directors Joe and Anthony Russo to balance, there have been many questions about the screen time each will receive. The filmmakers were able to handle an expansive cast in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, but the Infinity War roster is poised to be much larger than the Team Iron Man vs. Team Cap showdown. Obviously, not everyone is going to have a large role, and it would appear that description will fit the Guardians.
In an interview with Nerdist, star Chris Pratt revealed a little bit about how the lovable rogues factor into the Infinity War story, saying that they are part of the “supporting cast.” Check out his full quote below:
“We definitely will have a strong presence, but we are playing supporting cast – you know what I mean? We’re there to help them tell an awesome Infinity War story. But Guardians is cosmic. It is its own special off-shoot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
This could explain why the actor has already almost finished filming his Avengers 3 scenes; there may not have been that much material for Star-Lord to begin with. The Guardians cast were among the first to arrive on the set, and it will be interesting to see what role they ultimately play. Some fans might be disappointed to hear they are only supporting this time around, but Infinity War is still an Avengers movie, meaning Earth’s Mightiest should receive most of the attention. Hopefully the Russos find enough for the Guardians to to, so they don’t just arbitrarily appear and contribute little to the plot. It’s been stated the gang will be “evolved” this time around, meaning there will likely be big changes in store to highlight.
Last month, Zoe Saldana revealed that the Guardians and Avengers first cross paths in space, which plays into Pratt’s “cosmic” comment. Based on what we’ve heard so far, the Guardians could be more space-based in Infinity War and not even make a trip to Earth. When we spoke with Pratt at the Guardians 2 press junket, the actor said he was “curious” to see what would happen if Peter Quill ever returned to his home world, implying that it’s possibly something that’s not in the cards just yet. Of course, he could just be doing his due diligence to safeguard Marvel’s secrets until later, so moviegoers will just have to wait and see.