James Gunn's 'Personal Experiences' Influenced Guardians of the Galaxy 2

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**Warning: This interviews covers some reveals for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2**

James Gunn is in a unique position when it comes to filmmakers working with Marvel Studios. Introducing his own take on the Guardians of the Galaxy didn't require any lead-ins or connections to previous or upcoming films, and the cosmic setting allows for almost unlimited potential. The caveat there is that Marvel Studios can't use many characters and alien races from the comics due to other studios owning the licenses to them.

We talk a little about that in our interview when it comes to certain first-time appearances in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and of course, Ego (Kurt Russell) is a character Fox let Marvel use for the sequel. The conversation also veers into the personal and emotion nature of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and at least on major character to be introduced in the third installment who has an important role to place in the future of the MCU.

This conversation picks up from where our own Rob Keyes spoke with Gunn during set visits on both movies, and of course, we couldn't have a conversation with Mr. Gunn without asking about ROM the Space Knight

Are you going to be moving straight into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 or do you have any down time to breathe at all? Like Infinity War, you are one of the producers there…

James Gunn: Yeah. I have a little work to do on Infinity War, but I’ll be going straight into it. For awhile, though, it becomes like a regular job, which is really good. For the past year or so or more, it’s been about seven days a week all the time working on this movie. So, for a little while, I’ll be able to have some down time and do a couple of trips and see the world a bit.


James Gunn: But, also work!

Related: What James Gunn Told Us on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Set

Rob from Screen Rant was doing a set visit with you guys and you had mentioned to him that, in an early draft, there was one of your favorite Guardians that didn’t make it into the film. What is that Guardian and do you think we’ll see him in Volume 3?

James Gunn: Well, you are assuming it’s a him.

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Or him! I am assuming it’s a him. It could be a her!

James Gunn: But you’re right. Because it’s the Guardian that’s teased at the end of this movie.

Oh. Okay.

James Gunn: So, that was a fuller story in 2 and thought I’d save it for a future film.

Perfect! Now speaking of some of the stuff that happens at the end, Adam Warlock, does he have a long term future in the MCU?

James Gunn: Absolutely.

Related: Adam Warlock Joining Marvel Cinematic Universe

Perfect. That’s what I like to hear.

James Gunn: [laughs]

The one thing that I loved about this movie was the family dynamic. I like the fact that all of these characters got together and, you know, it just seemed like bickering and home almost to me. What personal experiences did you implement in that? What made you want to go in that direction?

James Gunn: Well, you know listen, personal experiences, I grow up in a household with six kids born within seven years, so my family is very much like the Guardians of the Galaxy in terms of how much we argued and bickered, but also loved each other. And I think, you know, the Guardians are really a bunch of people. They are all orphans. None of them have homes. And they kind of feel called to be with each other, but that doesn’t mean that they always like it.

I know that you stated that you are going to be back for Guardians 3, obviously, and you said that is the end. Does that mean that is the end of the team past Phase 4 or that is just your end of the team?

James Gunn: That’s it means that this is the end of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Interesting. Very interesting. We share a common interest, surprisingly. Rom the Space Knight.

James Gunn: Yes, I love Rom.

I love Rom too. Do you still have any interest in making Rom the Space Knight at all?

James Gunn: I don’t because this is the problem. Rom the story is owned by Marvel comics, so the Dire Wraiths, all that story is owned by Marvel comics. The character, the toy, is owned by Paramount. So you can’t have both. You can’t have the Space Knights in Marvel. You can’t have Rom without the story. But, what always interested me was the story of the Space Knights, you know, the people who gave up their humanity to save their planet was always very interesting to me. So, you know, there may be something to do with that, but it won’t be with Rom.

Related: Why James Gunn Isn’t Interested In Non-Marvel ROM: Spaceknight

Interesting. Well, I know the Watchers are in this film and that was a Fox thing, so how is that...

James Gunn: It’s not. It’s a co-owned.

Oh, it’s a co-owned thing.

James Gunn: Yeah. It’s co-owned. Yeah. Watchers are owned by both Fox and Marvel. There is a few things like that that people think are owned by Fox, but really aren’t.

NEXT: Michael Rooker Interview for Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers.

Key Release Dates
  • 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
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