Today in news that is both obvious and delightful, director James Gunn confirmed that Vin Diesel (and Groot) will return for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Sure, it was a foregone conclusion, but it’s good to know that our favorite lovable tree alien will be back for the sequel — although Gunn did not confirm if Groot will be bringing his sweet dance moves back.
When Marvel announced a release date for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 before the first one was even released, everyone thought Marvel was overestimating their strange space opera. And then it made a bajillion dollars and everyone on the internet felt like a fool. Now, the title for that sequel has been revealed and while it doesn’t bring any grand revelation with it, it’ll probably get you to crack a tiny smile.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 isn’t hitting theaters until 2017, but that hasn’t kept fans from speculating about what — and who — we can expect to see in the sequel. Per his last update, James Gunn was working on completing the script based on his finished outline, and he had also previously hinted that this is a film about fathers. Gunn is doubling down on the dad stuff in his latest interview, while revealing a little bit more of what we can expect from Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
While the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is partying together on the set of Captain America: Civil War, the Guardians of the Galaxy must be feeling a little lonely. While they haven’t yet been integrated into the larger Marvel universe, director James Gunn is ready to expand the Guardians universe. During a Periscope chat with fans yesterday, Gunn revealed that he’s already in talks with an actor about joining Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for a major new role, a new Guardian.
First of all, when last we wrote about this project, it was called The Belco Experiment with a ‘c.’ Now it seems to be The Belko Experiment with a ‘k.’ But it’s the same film, from a script by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. All that’s changed is one letter in the title. (Maybe there’s a real Belco out there that didn’t want their name showing up in a James Gunn horror movie?)
Another week, another quick update from James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy 2. The film isn’t set to hit theaters until 2017, but the director is still offering up plot tidbits and hints as he works on completing the screenplay. One of the big mysteries (perhaps the biggest) in Guardians of the Galaxy was the identity of Star-Lord’s father, and as Gunn previously teased, we’ll definitely meet him in the sequel — but is he the only father figure involved?
James Gunn stays pretty active on social media and is as open as he can be with fans about his work on Guardians of the Galaxy, which goes against the typical secrecy of Marvel Studios. Then again, Guardians isn’t your typical Marvel film — the superhero space opera was a bit risky for the studio, but the weird and wonderful film really hit a home run with fans and critics alike. Gunn is currently working on the script for the sequel, and as usual, he has a few updates to offer.
James Gunn is going to be busy for quite a while with Guardians of the Galaxy 2, meaning it will still be some time before we see Gunn direct a non-Marvel project. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t still have some other ideas kicking around, though, like The Belco Experiment, a screenplay Gunn wrote himself. And since Gunn doesn’t have time to direct it, he’s hired someone else to do it instead.
We’re still a couple of years away from Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but that hasn’t kept us from speculating about the sequel—and it certainly hasn’t stopped James Gunn from dropping hints about it. We know that there will undoubtedly be some new additions to the cast as we delve deeper into the world of Guardians, and the intergalactic setting definitely opens the world up to so many possibilities and new characters. According to Gunn, one of those new characters is a personal favorite of the director.
Not much is known about ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ yet, and that’s just the way Marvel wants it. But, just because we know nothing about ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ doesn’t mean that Marvel knows nothing about it. Director James Gunn said he sat down with the studio to detail his vision for the upcoming superhero sequel, and their reaction was, “Whoa. That’s risky.”