Avengers: Age of Ultron has already earned a billion dollars at the worldwide box office; Ant-Man is opening in theaters in a matter of weeks, and Captain America: Civil War has begun production as Marvel Studios narrows its search for a new Spider-Man (and accompanying director). It's the busiest year yet for Marvel Entertainment's film division as it nears closer to a production schedule that needs to flex in the near future to squeeze in the making of three movies per year.
Kicking off Marvel's 2017 plans, the second year of "Phase 3" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first year the studio will have three theatrical releases, will be the sequel to surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Writer and director James Gunn was confirmed to helm GOTG 2 before its predecessor even opened in theaters and he's already working hard developing the followup.
Over the weekend, Gunn held another live Q&A session via Twitter's Periscope livestreaming app, and spoke quite a lot about Guardians of the Galaxy 2. In responding to questions, he explains that he's been rushing to get the sequel's script done and has already completed a draft, only now finally taking a breather. He's aiming to complete it before heading to Columbia next month to shoot his next film, The Belco Experiment, which he is writing and producing.
As we reported in early April, Gunn was very quick to submit a lengthy 70-page story treatment to Marvel's creative committee, not long after pitching a story for the sequel which Gunn claims is "risky" for Marvel in how different and original it is compared to the comics. The "story about fathers," as Gunn labels it already has at least one draft of the script done which he's revising and tweaking. Production begins next February so there's still a long while before concrete details begin leaking out from him and Marvel Studios.
What we do know from this latest Q&A is that one new main character will be joining the team in GOTG 2 and from our talks with Gunn during the Guardians of the Galaxy press junket, he made it clear that he wants at least two female members on the team in the next film. He also hinted that someone familiar may join the team. If it's not an Avenger (which Gunn has also hinted at in the past) an easy guess would be Yondu (Michael Rooker) who in the comics is a future member of the team and who we know has a major part in the sequel as well, returning alongside his right-hand man, Kraglin (played by James Gunn's brother, Sean Gunn).
When asked about casting newcomers for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Gunn revealed that the process has already sort of begun. He's already talking with someone about playing the character he has in mind, a new Guardian, as he labels it. We don't yet know who that is, but in terms of the core Guardians of the Galaxy roster, we're guessing based on Gunn's words since the first movie came out, that there will be two additions to the team: someone we've met and someone we haven't who he's talking to now - even if it's informal talks at this point.
There's also of course the mystery of who Star-Lord's dad is since in the film it won't be the same character from the comics. Gunn reiterated again during this livestream that he doesn't like the name or story of J'Son of Spartax (Star-Lord's father in Marvel Comics) and says if he followed the source material, the plot would be too similar to Star Wars. We suspect the father figure, who will be integral to the story of the sequel, will be another space-based character from the books instead, adapted to fit Gunn's vision of the story. And while Gunn has listed some personal favorites - promising that his favorite superhero will be introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - we only have speculation to go on as to who it could be. It's not meant to be a mystery however, or a twist, just a way to service the story.
If there's one new character (here are 12 suggestions) joining the Guardians in 2017, who do you think it is? And who do you estimate Gunn will cast? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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Poster by Matt Ferguson.