With the Guardians of the Galaxy joining Avengers: Infinity War, it will first force the Avengers into the cosmos. Marvel Studios has been building to this event ever since the post-credits scene for The Avengers. With a mountain of Infinity Stones residing on Earth, it was assumed that the inclusion of the Guardians of the Galaxy will bring the ragtag group to Peter Quill's home planet for their meeting with the Avengers.
The Guardians do not have a single Infinity Stone in their possession, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is not going to bring Thanos into the picture. However, it is their group that has the greater motivations in defeating him as two of his daughters are part of the team now, and the Mad Titan is responsible for the death of Drax's family. Thanos' quest to gather these stones will surely bring him to Earth, and was thought to see the Guardians following not too far behind, but that is not the case.
Fandango spoke to a number of Guardians cast members and asked them about their involvement in Infinity War and their relationship with the Avengers. Both Zoe Saldana (Gamora) and Dave Bautista (Drax) teased the Guardians' confidence and chemistry as they head into the crossover, but Saldana revealed that their first meeting won't be on Earth as expected.
We're also in space, so we're not being held by gravity. And you know we're stronger.
This is a fascinating piece of information that Saldana has revealed. Instead of Thanos' attack possibly being largely based on Earth, it could be the intergalactic threat that brings the Avengers into a fight the Guardians are already taking part of. The question now becomes how the Avengers learn of this and which members will be heading into the cosmos. The first production teaser showed Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Star-Lord together on another world, so it looks like at least the former two will be making the trip. But, it is also probable that Thor, Hulk, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Vision, and Scarlet Witch could have the capacity to survive in space.
While none of the Guardians would confirm a fight will break out upon their first meeting, the introduction of so many leaders and egos will more likely than not not be an easy transition. Even though these two teams will first meet in space, there is still going to be a decent amount of story taking place on Earth. A number of Avengers have been spotted filming in Edinburgh and fighting Thanos' Black Order. They could be distractions as Thanos rounds up the Infinity Stones and then moves across the galaxy, leaving destruction wherever he roams.
Even though their introduction to one another may first happen in space, it is unclear when this will take place in the film. If Thanos attacks Earth first, having the remaining heroes travel to the cosmos and then encounter the Guardians makes sense. Clearly, there is a number of different scenarios that could play out in the events leading up to their space meeting, and how it goes down once they are introduced. This will be one of the more important moments in the landscape of the MCU, so audiences should be in for a treat regardless.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018