Marvel Can't Just Cut Guardians of the Galaxy From Avengers 4

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Marvel is currently carrying out reshoots on Avengers 4, and many viewers believe the studio is making some pretty dramatic changes to their plans. Based on recent developments, there's a general belief that the script has changed, and that the Guardians of the Galaxy are being written out of the future of the MCU.

This is a result of Disney's decision to fire director James Gunn, who became unexpectedly controversial after some of his pre-Marvel social media posts resurfaced. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was expected to begin filming in early 2019, but now production has been put on hold indefinitely. The stars have all sided with Gunn, signing an open letter in which they expressed support, but none have been more vocal than Dave Bautista, who's referred to still working for Disney as "nauseating." Bautista is becoming something of a PR nightmare for the House of Mouse, given that he's refusing to let this go, and is continuing to air his views in public.

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There's a general sense that something has got to give. By now, it's pretty much certain that it won't be Disney; it's a lot harder for Disney to rehire Gunn than many fans think. Viewers are beginning to speculate that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will never happen, and there's a common view that the Avengers 4 reshoots will see the Guardians written out of the MCU altogether - perhaps even killed off. Bautista himself has added fuel to this particular fire, but given the level of secrecy surrounding the films, it's possible he wouldn't even know if Marvel did do a rewrite. So, let's take a deep look at what we can expect from Avengers 4 - and whether or not Marvel could (or would) kill off the Guardians.

Marvel "Gets It In The Edit" - But Not This Much

It's important not to overstate the scale of the Avengers 4 reshoots, as the film is mostly done. It's true that additional photography is slated to run over fall and winter, which is quite a long time for reshoots; however, that doesn't necessarily mean that los of changes are being made. Rather, it more likely reflects the large number of A-list actors who are involved in the movie, all of whom will have conflicting schedules. Given the sheer size of the cast, it's no surprise Marvel had to book an extended period of time for additional photography.

Kevin Feige has hinted that the plot of Avengers 4 could change a little during post-production. As he noted in an interview with Birth.Movies.Death:

"We try – what’s the analogy, that a goldfish will grow to the size of the bowl? Ant-Man and the Wasp had very little post and yet we made a lot of strides in post, and we did a lot of very good maneuvering on it with the limited time we had. Avengers 4 has much more time; Ragnarok had much more time and we did a lot. You always fill the time you have. Either you have a lot of time and it really motivates you to think things through, or you have no time, and it really motivates you to think things through!"

Related: Everything We Know About Avengers 4's Reshoots

But there's a difference between making subtle changes to a film - perhaps reshooting some scenes in order to improve them or tweak dialogue - and changing the entire plot to write key heroes out. That's particularly the case with Avengers 4, which reportedly includes one scene featuring every major Marvel character to date. Juggling so many schedules was so complex that it took Marvel three months to organize the shooting of that single scene. Crucially, it was filmed well before James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, so that means it includes the Guardians. There's no way Marvel will try to reshoot that scene in order to cut the Guardians out, because doing so would be a logistical nightmare.

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Key Release Dates
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
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