James Gunn has established himself as an important member of the Marvel Studios family, as he is now the mastermind behind the cosmic-side of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. It makes sense as going by trailers for Thor: Ragnarok, his work on the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise has strongly influenced how this side of the universe will be tackled. In an interview with the writer and director on the future cosmic properties, he certainly seemed enthusiastic on what we can expect from the franchise in the near future beyond Avengers: Infinity War.
Those scripts are already in the works. Kevin and I talk about it all the time, we just had a meeting today. Discussing what is the next iteration of cosmic characters and where are the characters that we’ve already created going to go in the next batch of films
This does make one wonder if he also has some influence on the upcoming Captain Marvel project, which will have a strong connection between earth and space. Moreover, he is talking about multiple scripts being in the works, so we could see Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige‘s dream of four films a year become a reality during Phase 4, which does seem appropriate. It will be interesting to see if one of these films will explore Nova, who has strong ties to the already established Nova Corp, Adam Warlock, who was teased for the third Guardians film and maybe even explore the original Ravagers.
The writer does make a good point that exploring the characters in their current state is much more interesting, especially as they are technically more anti-heroes. Time travel would also take away from their place in the universe and the connection they share with Yondu. The director tends to avoid any version of flashbacks, which is why he likes to stick to stories unfolding naturally over the course of the film or past events being referenced. This would point to us not having various flashbacks to explain the history behind the Ravagers in his own films, which does open up the possibility of a film on their past exploits.
Another aspect that was discussed had to do with Peter Quill, as many wondered if the third film would finally see him return home to see the family he left behind. So far, many believed he would do so with Avengers: Infinity War teasing their crossover. It does look like Star-Lord has no intention of returning home anytime soon and the reason is actually quite touching.
I think it’s whatever works best for the story, but so far Peter Quill has no desire to go back because he associates it with the pain of his mother’s death.
Gunn did point out how the music from Vol. 1 was meant to be a playlist symbolizing his mother, but Vol. 2 actually had a playlist that talks about Yondu’s role in the film. During that interview, he has also confirmed that he has finalized the playlist for Vol. 3, which will probably also have a strong tie to whoever is at the center of the film. The film’s music seems to focus on a family member of Quill, so with the Guardians being his new “family”, it could focus on one of them or even everyone.
What songs do you think are in Vol. 3? What do you think are the other cosmic films lined up in future slates?
Source: Hollywood Reporter