When it comes to Marvel Studios, it’s a rather known fact that they prefer to keep as many secrets as possible surrounding their projects up until they’re released. So it isn’t too surprising that, while we learned a decent amount regarding Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at SDCC this year, there’s still plenty of mystery surrounding the highly-anticipated sequel to 2014’s surprise hit. The film’s leading man, Chris Pratt, is currently making the press rounds for his latest film, The Magnificent Seven, and while talking to the folks over at the Toronto Sun, he offered up some insight regarding Vol. 2. Of course, as he notes, there isn’t too much he can reveal at this point in time.
“There’s a network of people in charge at Marvel who make all the decisions,” he explained. “They have the universe drawn up for about 20 years. And they are pretty adamant about us allowing them to release information about the movies and what’s coming down the pike, as they see fit.
“And they’ve instructed us not to say anything.”
Although there’s not a lot he can say, that didn’t stop Pratt from expressing his excitement over the upcoming release.
But Pratt does want to enthuse a little. “I can say Guardians 2 is going to be out May 5. It’s finished and it’s going to be terrific. I’m already so proud of it. We worked really hard on it and it’s a joy to be part of.”
One interesting bit he was able to reveal, however, was that he believes that the sequel will be the “biggest spectacle” movie. And given how visually stunning the first movie is, I’m inclined to believe him. After all, what little concept art we’ve seen thus far has teased a much bigger and stranger movie than the first one.
He adds: ”It’s a fabulous script. I think it’s going to be — I’m not using hyperbole, here – I think it’s going to be the biggest spectacle movie of all time.”
Of course, while excitement is high for Vol. 2, it’s hard to ignore the reception some of the superhero films have gotten this year. While Civil War was seen as a huge achievement for Marvel Studios, Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse and DC’s Suicide Squad & Batman v Superman were seen as misfires for the genre. (Note: We’re not talking box office here, merely the reception of the films.) The fact that those films were seen as missteps by critics only added fuel to the argument that superhero movies are ruining the business. (A debate that refuses to die for some reason.) For Pratt, while he’s aware of the reception superhero films are usually met with from critics, he finds himself fortunate to be a part of a project like Guardians of the Galaxy. As he sees it, Guardians is something that’s “new and exciting” as far as the genre is concerned and he’s thankful to be a part of it.
“I’m fortunate. I’m fortunate in so many ways. I couldn’t count the ways, even if I tried. To be part of Guardians of the Galaxy,” he continued, “is to be part of a franchise that really is so totally different. It’s new and exciting and unlike anything people had seen before. There are a lot of superheroes out there, but I think we do something a little different. The genesis of these characters was in the Marvel Universe but we do something a little different, more cosmic, with Guardians of the Galaxy.”
With Doctor Strange around the corner and Gunn indicating that our first look at the sequel should hit before Christmas, I’d say it’s safe to assume our first trailer will debut in front of Marvel’s first foray into the Mystic Arts. For now, we can relive Pratt’s fantastic turn as Star-Lord with the first film.
Source: Toronto Sun.