Despite sharing the chemistry of the "Marvel Studios formula," Guardians of the Galaxy may have been their weirdest and wildest film yet. Taking place in the far-flung reaches of space, the film quickly made a talking tree and a gun-toting raccoon household names. It also did so without explicitly connecting to any of the previous Marvel films. We don't know much about the upcoming sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but what little we've heard is even weirder and wilder.
Vin Diesel returns as Groot, but this time, his character is a baby. Kurt Russel plays protagonist Star-Lord's (Chris Pratt) father... and is also a planet. It's good to hear that after a number of high-risk successes, Marvel still isn't aiming to play things safe.
In a recent interview with the Toronto Sun at TIFF, Pratt began his interview with a mischievous "Ready for all the spoilers?" before laughing, and explaining why they weren't going to get any:
"There’s a network of people in charge at Marvel who make all the decisions. They have the universe drawn up for about 20 years. And they are pretty adamant about us allowing them to release information about the movies and what’s coming down the pike, as they see fit. And they’ve instructed us not to say anything."
We've certainly heard about Marvel Studios planning ahead, but it's unclear whether or not Pratt is being hyperbolic about the 20-year number. 2036 is the most expansive plan we've heard of yet, but it isn't outside the realm of feasibility. The source material is certainly available to support decades of additional Marvel films, and just because they've bookmarked a movie concept as a neat idea doesn't mean they're be bound to it.
So what was Pratt willing to reveal? Only that the film would be "exceptional." He said:
"I’m already so proud of it. We worked really hard on it and it’s a joy to be part of. It’s a fabulous script. I think it’s going to be - I’m not using hyperbole, here - I think it’s going to be the biggest spectacle movie of all time."
While it's not uncommon for actors to praise the projects they work on, Pratt's happiness with Vol. 2 mirrors what we've heard from others involved. It sounds like the strong vision Gunn pitched to Marvel is paying off. And while "biggest spectacle movie of all time" may indeed sound like a bold statement, the simple fact that this galactic tale features a living planet as a character (villain?), hints that it's certainly not going to be small.
Finally, Pratt was asked what he thought about the criticism that superhero films were sucking all the money out of Hollywood and ruining the film industry. "I’m okay with it," he joked.
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.
Source: Toronto Sun