Guardians of the Galaxy was often labeled Marvel Studios' biggest risk, but writer and director James Gunn successfully turned the ragtag group of cosmic heroes into some of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first movie took the box office by storm and grossed upwards of $700 million with raving reviews, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 should do significanty better. The new Guardians 2 trailer already broke records this weekend while making viewers fall in love with Baby Groot and introducing audiences to new team member Mantis (Pom Klementieff).
It's no surprise then that friend of the writer-director James Gunn, Alan Tudyk, wants to join in on the action. Our own Rob Keyes interviewed Tudyk twice this weekend during the press junket for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story where he described the actor as a member of the Disney family for having not only joined the Star Wars universe but having voiced characters in Moana, Zootopia, Big Hero 6, Frozen, and Wreck-It Ralph.
After discussing Tudyk's role as the lethal ex-Imperial Enforcer Droid K-2SO, we asked the star what it would take to get him in the MCU as well and what character he'd play.
Rob Keyes: You've done lots of animated films for Disney, and now Star Wars as well so you're IN the Disney family. How do we get you in a Marvel movie and who would you play?
Alan Tudyk: I don't know how we get me in a Marvel movie... I'm open to suggestions (laughs*). I'd love something in a Guardians of the Galaxy movie. They're so much fun. I wouldn't expect any less from James Gunn. He's a perfect fit for those movies. So one of those would be great. I don't see myself as a superhero by any stretch. I haven't read one that I'm like, "That's who I'd be!"
Rob Keyes: We wanted you for Ant-Man way back when...
Alan Tudyk: Yeah but you know, Paul Rudd nailed it. He's perfect. I couldn't have done that as well. You know, maybe a villain? I think a villain who's sort of a scattered,...
Rob Keyes: Off-the rails
Alan Tudyk: Yeah, off-the-rails, insane person who succumbs to his own madness. THAT I can relate to.
If Tudyk ever has the opportunity to join the MCU, the Guardians franchise is a perfect fit. Not only has he previously worked with Gunn twice before and is a pal of his, but his versatility, charisma, and sense of humor would appear to fit in nicely with the established group of characters. And obviously, Tudyk's been down a similar path with another Marvel writer-director Joss Whedon's Firefly and Serenity where he played a lovable starship pilot.
As for future Guardians of the Galaxy 3 villains - The team has so far battled the power hungry Ronan and next summer will face the mysterious Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) and more Raveagers before eventually joining forces with the Avengers to battle Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
Taking the team back into the deep cosmos in Phase 4 and throwing in Tudyk is something we can get behind. And so can James Gunn himself who responded to the idea on Twitter by saying, "Alan Tudyk is my friend and I’m always on the lookout for ways to work with him again! Our first two team ups are masterpieces!"
A third installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise has not yet been officially announced, but all signs point to it happening, with or without Gunn, as one of the leading movies in Phase 4, but any announcements about a release date, story, or Gunn's return are months if not years away from being made. Since Tudyk continues to be so involved with Disney, it should only be a matter of time before he lands a role either big or small in the MCU, and with his desire now public, fans will have to wait and see if this will pan out.