After James Gunn’s third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise comes out in a few years, the details on the future of the cosmic-based Marvel Cinematic Universe movies lie in question. And while it may be uncertain at this second, fans might be delighted that a Ravagers-centric movie has been discussed internally at Marvel Studios. Helping promote the home release of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Gunn recently spoke to that uncertain future and some of the ideas the fan-favorite filmmaker spoke of might have fans of the “OG” Guardians team excited. Speaking with Collider, Gunn says a movie featuring the original Guardians team is “always a possibility.”
There’s always discussion with Ravagers It would be The Ravagers. There’s always a possibility. I’d be excited.
Of course, Gunn’s quote is a far cry from any solidified confirmation that The Ravagers is a movie that’s actually on the Marvel slate. However, it’s still the sheer possibility of the film happening that’s going to make Marvel’s cosmic fans go nuts. He further iterated the idea when asked by The Hollywood Reporter about the fate of the said OG Guardians in the MCU.
I’m definitely interested in the direction that these characters are headed and their roles in the Marvel Universe. That is not something that we’re dealing with. These are older characters and more criminal than our Guardians. So we’re focusing on that.
Now, if you’re sitting there wondering what the heck we’re talking about when we talk about the “original” Guardians, you probably aren’t alone. Like any superhero team, the Guardians of the Galaxy have had many iterations and although one of the original Guardians (Yondu Udonta) debuted in the first flick, the follow-up movie introduced us to a few more characters, including Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone), Aleta Ogord (Michelle Yeoh), Martinex (Michael Rosenbaum), and Charlie-27 (Ving Rhames).
Alongside those characters, we also saw a red-skinned snake-like creature named Krugarr and Mainframe (Miley Cyrus), two characters that helped out the Guardians various times throughout the team’s initial comic run in the 1990’s.
Yondu (Michael Rooker), Martinex, and Charlie-27 all debuted in the Marvel Comicsverse in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (1967) as they joined together with Vance Astro — a character we have yet to see in the MCU — to form the Guardians of the Galaxy. After showing up in The Defenders #28 (Stakar) and #29 (Aleta), the Ogord’s joined the original four Guardians when Jim Valentino‘s comic run kicked off in 1990.
Marvel didn’t hold back when casting these older Ravagers and one would think it’s almost a waste if they were only used in a few cameo roles in Vol. 2, and ultimately, that’s what makes sense about a spinoff movie featuring the characters.
If you can’t wait for a potential Ravagers movie to hit the silver screen, check out Valentino’s Guardians run by reading the first trade paperback, which you can find here.
In the meantime, the home media release of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 is upon us with the movie being available digitally tomorrow, August 8, and physically on Blu-ray and DVD on August 22.