In honor of the opening of the new Mission: Breakout ride at Disney, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn talks about the trilogy shaping the cosmic Marvel Cinematic Universe. The intergalactic side of the Marvel universe first appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, but nothing in the MCU stands alone. This year saw the follow-up become another massive success for the Marvel universe, and it's not stopping there. Thor: Ragnarok is also going to take place on another planet, expanding the cosmic universe beyond the Guardians, before the third installment in the trilogy returns focus to this particular team.
Of course, there is one more major MCU movie that is going to cross over into the cosmic side of things - Avengers: Infinity War. The massive ensemble movie will bring together heroes from across the MCU into one epic battle against Thanos, a character who has been set up by the Guardians trilogy. This means building up the space-faring side of the universe was a major responsibility, and now director Gunn has spoken about his experiences building his own film into the larger MCU picture.
In an interview with IGN, Gunn revealed that he has spoken with Kevin Feige about overseeing other parts of the cosmic MCU, beyond Guardians, although he won't specify exactly where that might take him.
We talk about it all the time. It’s already a part of what I’m doing with Marvel and the conversations that Kevin and I have every day. When we’re talking about Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and that story, that’s a story that will lead to other stories. It’s innate to the DNA that that’s the end of a trilogy but it’s the beginning of a whole other element of the Marvel Cosmic universe. That’s a part of what I’m doing now.
There are certainly plenty of options for where the cosmic side of the Marvel universe could go, now that it has become a proven success for the studio. Fans are looking forward to potentially seeing Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy 3, but he's far from the only cosmic character who could appear. With Thor also moving off-world and away from Asgard, it's always possible that Gunn could work on a future installment in Thor's universe (if there is one).
For now, this isn't a confirmation of where Gunn and Marvel are going with the cosmic universe, but it sounds like the director is going to be involved for quite some time, and that's fantastic news for Guardians fans.
- 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
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019