Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 director James Gunn confirmed being involved in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War film during a recent live stream with fans on Periscope, the live video streaming app owned by Twitter.
At 6:38 in the video, Gunn was asked, “Involved in Infinity War?” in which he resonded in the affirmative:
“Yes, I’m involved in Infinity War”
While Gunn didn’t mention his exact role in the third movie of the Avengers franchise, it does makes sense that Kevin Feige and the crew at Marvel Studios want the person responsible for creating much of the cosmic sides of things within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With taking a lesser-known property such as the Guardians and turning it into one of the most well-received movies the studio has put out to date, Gunn has certainly shown he’s willing to take a gamble on the little guys to get a maximum reward when the end product premieres.
Brothers Anthony and Joe Russo are at that helm of the film as directors and they’ve been quite busy over the past few months scouting potential filming locations and giving us glimpses into the pre-production process by posting various snippets on their various social media platforms. The brothers, who won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for their work on the pilot episode of Arrested Development, have directed two MCU films: Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. And while those two movies are both critically-acclaimed and fan-favorites, they do lack experience in working with characters from the cosmos.
With Infinity War being the culmination of everything we’ve seen so far throughout the course of over a dozen movies and six seasons of network TV and Netflix shows, the characters we’ve come to know and love are going to go toe-to-toe with one of the most brutal villains Marvel has ever put in their comic books: Thanos.
In the case you’ve been living under a rock for a few years, Thanos is the big purple guy shown in Guardians of the Galaxy and the end of both Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. While MCU fans have only seen him sitting in his giant space chair, he’s known as the Mad Titan in the comics. In the Infinity Gauntlet mini-series, Thanos gathers all of the infinity gems (or infinity stones as they’re known in the MCU) and assembles them on his shiny gold gauntlet, practically turning him into a God and allowing him to do whatever he damn well pleases.
You’re probably asking why he does this. Because as a supervillain, you must get bored if there’s no one around for you to murder, right? He assembles the infinity gems to impress the manifestation of Death, who happens to be a female in the comics.
Enter James Gunn. When Thanos isn’t destroying the entire universe, he’s primarily a cosmic threat with several run-ins with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova, Adam Warlock, and Quasar. What the Russo Brothers lack in cosmic experience is the exact experience Gunn possesses. Take the great story telling and direction they’ve been able to show with The Winter Soldier and Civil War, and add in Gunn’s experience in dealing with cosmic characters and you’ll get a project that’s nearly flawless.