GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY director James Gunn was interviewed for this Monday’s Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend podcast. During the conversation, Gunn talked about the early development of the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2, Marvel’s initial reaction to his ideas, and where things stand now.

 It’s not really based on anything. The story for Guardians 2 is an original story that I came up with that I started working on actually while I was shooting Guardians 1, and it’ll answer some of the questions that were put forth in the first movie about Peter Quill’s father and who he is and what’s going on with that. We’ll get to know some of the characters a little bit more and then we’re going to meet a couple of new characters who will be very important to Guardians movies and probably important to the Marvel Universe as a whole. […]

It’s different than what’s in the comic books. Peter Quill’s father is somebody different in the comics. So then when the movie came out, we got green-lit on the sequel right away. I went in and I sat down with those guys and I’m like, ‘Okay, here’s what I think the sequel should be.’ And they were like, ‘Oh, whoa. That’s risky, but okay.’ Now I’m going to turn over the story in a few short weeks and we’ll find out how well it works.

Marvel Studios is anything but risk averse from the formation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the making of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY in the first place. It’d be interesting to know what exactly the studio bosses found risky in Gunn’s sequel pitch, but we’ll probably find out so long as it’s a plot point or character that survives the development process.

Given that James Gunn has repeatedly made it clear that Peter Quill’s father in the MCU will not be J’son of Spartax (as so happens in the comics), perhaps the risk is the departure from canon. Of course, we all know from the Mandarin twist in IRON MAN 3 that Marvel isn’t afraid to make a move that might (or even definitely) upset some fans.

Whatever it is, James Gunn and Marvel Studios have earned our trust at this point, so any risk taken will probably pay off.

Via: Film Drunk