Captain America: Civil War has wrapped production and in a matter of weeks, Marvel Studios and director Scott Derrickson begin shooting Doctor Strange in London before Marvel returns to Atlanta in February for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Gunn finished the first draft of the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 script early this summer after pitching what Marvel described as a "risky" original story and just this week completed the second draft. The writer and director also already began the casting process for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 since he already knew who he wanted for the new characters being added, but there aren't going to be too many new faces in the followup.
Engaging in a Q&A with fans over Twitter this weekend, Gunn responded to a variety of questions, many of them of course addressing his next Marvel movie. How many new characters will the Guardians sequel include?
"Not too many, that's for sure! I want all of our characters to get MORE personal time than they did in the 1st film."
And while Gunn confirmed over a year ago that Carol Danvers' Captain Marvel will not be in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, he keeps getting asked but the reasoning for why she won't be in the movie, (at least the second one) is the same:
"For the time being, it's important to me that Quill is the sole human (earthling) character."
That doesn't mean the original (alien) Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) can't make an appearance. That might be the most sensible compromise to introduce the original Captain Marvel before Carol Danvers takes up the mantle in her own 2018 movie. There really aren't any space-based movies between now and then to do so.
And as for whether or not Hulk could appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in some sort of effort to adapt the Planet Hulk/World War Hulk stories from Marvel Comics, Gunn reiterates (again) that there's no Hulk in GOTG 2.
"I will comment on it now (as I've done before) - there is zero chance you will see Hulk in GotGVol2."
Mark Ruffalo confirmed last week that Hulk was originally set to appear in Captain America: Civil War but is being saved for some other appearance, one we can say will definitely not be in space. Bruce Banner/Hulk is somewhere on planet Earth. We just don't know where. Yet. Another interesting tidbit is on the topic of additional female characters in the Guardians sequel.
"As I've said many times it's one of my goals to get a higher % of female heroes (and villains) out there. So MAYBE."
Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and the core characters from the first film all return, including Karen Gillan's villainous Nebula who we can see one day switching sides so to speak, but while promoting the first Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn told us directly in an interview that he wanted to see at least two females on the team in a GOTG sequel. Since then, he's also said there's only one new Guardians of the Galaxy member joining the roster (he had planned to add two but cut one out to flesh them out more) for the sequel. And since rumors of a potential villain for Avengers: Infinity War offer a potential hint that said new character could be fan-fave Marvel Comics hero Adam Warlock, we might not be getting a new female Guardian just yet. If it's not Adam Warlock though, expect to see a female character added in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 or 3.
Who do you want to see the newest Guardian be?
Other tidbits (some new, some we know from before) from James Gunn's Twitter Q&A
- Characters James Gunn would love to use but cannot (because of rights): Rom Spaceknight, Popeye, Snake Plissken. "And Bat-Mite of course"
- Tyler Bates is currently working away on the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 score. Ideally it'll be done before filming so they can play it while shooting scenes.
- All 12 songs for Mix Tape Vol. 2 have been selected (we knew this a while ago) but Marvel's still trying to get the rights to a few of them.
- Iron Man is Gunn's favorite Marvel movie and Rocket is the character he relates most to.
- Rob Zombie (who has played a voice in every James Gunn movie) may again voice some character in GOTG 2.
- Sean Gunn not only returns as the Ravenger Kraglin, but he'll perform motion capture reference for Rocket on set as well.
- James Gunn feels much less pressure in making Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. He wishes he could change lots of things with the first movie.
James Gunn is writing and directing the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel with returning stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.
Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.