Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn does his best to be available to fans on social media. The downside, besides some very rude fans, is being asked the same questions over and over again. Still, Gunn does not want to leave these questions unanswered so he addressed his most frequently asked questions in a new Facebook post.
The most newsworthy notes from this post should or at least may sound familiar, but they’re worth repeating one last time. When it comes to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Marvel Studios has trusted James Gunn’s vision for the film, just as the studio did with the first movie. That includes the decision not to include Thanos, the big purple guy who does not like standing up, at all.
Vin Diesel is still the voice of Groot. He’ll be doing something James Gunn calls “acting” and using a different voice for Baby Groot than the one he used for the full-size Groot in 2014. Baby Groot’s connection to the one we met and lost in Guardians of the Galaxy is “complicated,” according to Gunn. The new Groot will not have the memories of the old one.
Gunn would not confirm or deny the appearance of the Guardians in Avengers: Infinity War. In making GotG Vol. 2, Gunn was not bound to any future plans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead, future Marvel films will have to deal with the outcome of Gunn’s movie.
Speaking of the future, Gunn had the following response the frequently asked question about him directing a third GotG.
“I have not yet made up my mind. Let me get through this one first! That said, I have a desire to do other things.”
It would be a major blow to the GotG franchise if Gunn does not return. He is the chief creative force behind the series as both a writer and director. The first movie is decidedly a James Gunn film and the sequel is sure to be as well.
We will probably get our first taste of the Guardians without Gunn in Avengers: Infinity War. If the characters appear in that film, as most of us expect them to, they will be written my Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (writers of the Captain America trilogy) and directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (directors of the last two Captain America films).
Gunn’s desire to do other things is completely understandable. He’s been working on GotG pretty much nonstop for the past several years. I’m sure there are plenty more things he would like to do as a filmmaker that do not include talking raccoons and trees despite how much Gunn loves Rocket and Groot.
If there’s any issue at all with Gunn directing a third GotG, I hope it comes down to scheduling and Marvel Studios is willing to be flexible. Perhaps if Gunn has time to go off and make something else, he can return to GotG refreshed, recharged, and ready to make the third film.
For more answers to James Gunn’s FAQs, see his entire post below.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives in theaters May 5, 2017.