With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 right around the corner and confirmation that James Gunn is returning for Guardians 3, talk has turned to the future of the franchise. Thanks to both, we've been able to sit down with Gunn and the cast and discuss what we can expect next month and in the years to come, with regards to the lovable rogues of Marvel's cosmic universe. In terms of the near future, we learned this week that Guardians 2 will have not one but five different post-credits scenes. While most are likely to be fun little moments, we have a feeling at least one will help set up Avengers: Infinity War.
When it comes to next year's epic team-up, the most exciting thing will be seeing the Guardians interact with the Avengers. Zoe Saldana has assured us that the Guardians will definitely be bringing their brand of humor to the action film. Dave Bautista, meanwhile, shares audiences' hopes that Drax and Iron Man match wits at some point. Beyond that, the next few appearances by the Guardians in the MCU will continue to flesh out the characters and explore their histories more.
During the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 press junket, we were able to sit down with Chris Pratt and discuss where he wants to see Peter Quill go in the future, and he had this to say:
Screen Rant: Personally, what do you think is next for Peter? Obviously going back to Earth might be a thing because he has some unfinished business there.
Chris Pratt: Yeah, yeah. We haven't seen we haven't seen the Guardians on Earth yet and you know, I think storywise what's beautiful about this, the potential Guardians of the Galaxy is to go on and make several volumes is that you can explore space. You can expand outward. You don't have to fold in on yourself like sometimes comic book movies will, or superhero movies will. You get to further explore, and I think there's a ton of untapped potential in all the relationships from the Guardians. I mean, you now know, we've now figured out the full origin of Peter Quill. We know who his mother is, from where he came, we know who raised him. We know who his biological father is by the end of this movie. This is all stuff that we've learned about Peter but there's a lot more to learn about Quill and all the other Guardians of the Galaxy and you know, I could spitball. There's a there's a lot of potential to do this for a long time.
While we know Guardians 2 will expand on the characters, there's a good chance some more development will occur in Infinity War. Saldana, for one, has said that Gamora's relationship with Thanos will play into next year's Avengers movie. For Pratt, both Infinity War and the third Guardians film will provide a chance to dive deeper into Star-Lord:
Screen Rant: Let's spitball for a second. Where would you like to see Peter go in Vol. 3 or Infinity War?
Chris Pratt: Well, I'm curious to see what would happen if Peter Quill went to his home planet. I'm curious to see what kind of trouble he got in relationship wise before he met Gamora, you know. I'm curious to see just who he's screwed over in his life to get where he is. I'm curious to see what his behaviors as a Ravager has done and how that will karmically resonate through the cosmos and come back to him. I want to see him as a father figure to Groot. I want to see him, you know, there's a lot more those are just a few ideas off the top of my head.
While Peter may get his chance to head back to Earth in Infinity War, the film won't offer him much time to reminisce. Luckily, Guardians 3 will follow that epic and allow us one last chance to examine our heroes before the current iteration of the Guardians ends. There's likely a long future for the Guardians of the Galaxy property in the MCU, but the current cast and characters may not stick around. Thankfully, their time is nowhere close to its end, as we still have next month's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to look forward to.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019