Marvel Studios and writer-director James Gunn are already hard at work preparing in Atlanta, with “giant” sets under construction, for the upcoming start of principal photography on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. All of the cast of the first are coming back, Guardians and supporting characters included, and shooting begins in February.
As we just learned today, the scripts have finally gone out to the actors which created a bit of a stir among media publications today over rumors that Bradley Cooper (the voice of Rocket Raccoon) may have spoiled a major plot point of the sequel. Spoiler: he didn’t.
Caught awkwardly attempting to answer a question regarding who the mysterious villain of GOTG 2 is, Cooper was quick to respond assuming that it’s Thanos (Josh Brolin) given his behind-the-curtain role during the events of The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy 1. He followed it up however, saying “he played what’s his name’s dad,” which had some fans and journalists questioning now if big bad Thanos is actually somehow – despite his look – the father of Star-Lord. Don’t worry. That’s ridiculous and he’s not.
If you listen closely, he’s not even referring to Star-Lord but instead is referencing the sequence where Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) comes face-to-face with Thanos (Karen Gillan’s Nebula is there too) as Thanos threatens Ronan after his failure to retrieve the Orb (Power Infinity Stone). To put this in perspective, we spoke with Cooper’s actually-on-screen Guardians of the Galaxy co-star Dave Bautista last week who didn’t even know that Mantis was going to be in the sequel (played by Pom Klementieff). There are no spoilers here!
In response to all the stories coming out, Bradley Cooper didn’t reveal anything. He just got the script and hasn’t read it yet. I promise.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 9, 2015
That has not been revealed and Bradley doesn’t know the main villain (or didn’t at the time of the interview). https://t.co/GwVa7jeIZM— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 9, 2015
I would say the epitome of jumping the shark was when Fonzie jumped the shark. https://t.co/ejI35nSGTf— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 10, 2015
We already know Thanos isn’t the main villain. The new primary antagonist is someone new, a role that Matthew McConaughey turned down. Connecting the dots based on what little details have been revealed about Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – and knowing that the overall cast is actually smaller this time around – we can theorize that said villain role could be that of Star-Lord’s dad.
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