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James Gunn talks Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 and life beyond Groot

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2

Story by Jack Foley

JUST months after the successful launch of Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, writer-director James Gunn is already hard at work on the third film in the trilogy and formulating ideas for life beyond Groot, Peter Quill and company.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the home entertainment release of the sequel in the US in August, Gunn said he has already selected all the songs for Vol. 3, adding that they’re surprisingly different than the first two films.

Vol. 1 was a playlist of Meredith Quill’s songs, where as Vol. 2 contained Yondu’s songs,” he said.

Asked whether there would be as big an emphasis on the ’80s and ’90s in the new playlist, he paused before refusing to divulge more.

And speaking about one of the end credit sequences in Vol. 2 that teased the classic comic book character Adam Warlock for the third film, he said that fans should expect to be surprised at how the character – a key part of Marvel’s cosmic mythology – is used (which basically means some variation from what may be expected).

“I always do what’s best for the movie,” he explained. “A lot of times, that means taking things from the source material and other times it’s changing things.

“I’ve changed a lot already from the comics with the Guardians. Groot’s personality in the first Guardians, which people loved, was nothing like his personality in the comics. He didn’t have that puppy dog innocence that we love about Groot. I don’t restrain myself in any way when it comes to using stuff from the comics or not using it.”

He also appeared to rule out a return to Earth for too long for Peter Quill, even though it happens in the comics.

“So far, Peter Quill has no desire to go back because he associates it with the pain of his mother’s death,” he added.

The success of the two Guardians of the Galaxy films has turned Gunn into a vital player in Marvel’s ongoing cinematic universe, so it should come as no surprise to hear that he is also now involved in discussions about the future of the franchise, post Avengers: Infinity War.

As yet, little is known about Marvel’s plans beyond 2019’s untitled Avengers 4, but Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has indicated that that film will be the culmination of the MCU to date – and things will look different afterwards.

Only a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel and Guardians Vol. 3 have been officially green-lit following Avengers 4, when contracts between Marvel and its current crop of leading men may need renegotiating.

However, Gunn reassured fans that there are big plans for the future, with scripts “already in the works”.

“Kevin and I talk about it all the time… we just had a meeting today to] discuss what is the next iteration of cosmic characters and where are the characters that’ve we’ve already created going to go in the next batch of films.”

Asked whether the Ravagers led by Sylvester Stallone in Guardians: Vol 2 could pick up the Guardians mantle, Gunn refused to rule anything out.

Whatever is planned, however, the future of the MCU appears to be in good hands. You can read further details here

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