Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is off to a big start, with Captain America: Civil War currently holding the top spot at the global box office ($1.1 billion), and Doctor Strange sitting at $636 million worldwide, after its release just over one month ago. Next year, the summer movie season gets started in a big way with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The movie released a new trailer this week that broke Marvel’s record for a teaser, amassing 81 million views in the first 24 hours. While we will likely have to wait until the new year for our next glimpse at this superhero sequel, director James Gunn teased that Guardians 2 doesn’t have to follow the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity rules.
Aside from introducing the Guardians and other colorful characters in the nether reaches of space, 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was noteworthy because it gave us our first full look at Thanos, with Josh Brolin making his MCU debut as this powerful villain. Earlier today, James Gunn took some time out of his day, as he often does, to answer fan questions on Twitter, with one fan dubbed “BornAGeek” asking the filmmaker if “maintaining continuity” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever interfered with his filmmaking process. The filmmaker’s response, which you can read below, may surprise you.
“I’m so out in space unconnected at this point, outside of Thanos in Vol 1, I’ve never had to deal with even a single moment of continuity.”
While the filmmaker wouldn’t elaborate further, it’s possible the director means that, since his stories are set so far out into the cosmos, they don’t necessarily affect the story continuity that is happening with the other stories on Earth. James Gunn has also confirmed in the past that Thanos will not appear in Guardians 2, and this superhero sequel will also not feature the final Infinity Stone, the Soul Stone. The Time Stone was recently revealed last month in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, as part of the Eye of Agamotto. Even without the final Infinity Stone and Thanos, this sequel is shaping up to be one of 2017’s most anticipated movies.
The first footage that was revealed at Comic-Con this past summer revealed that Kurt Russell‘s Ego the Living Planet is actually Star-Lord’s long-lost father. Before this reveal, there had been no shortage of rumors about Peter Quill’s father, who, in the comic books was J’son. Before the big reveal, James Gunn would only state that whoever is Peter’s father in the movie, will not be the same as the comics. Marvel has set a May 5, 2017 release date for Guardians 2, which kicks off the summer movie season.
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand. The cast includes newcomers such as Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Chris Sullivan as Taserface}, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha and Tommy Flannagan as Tullk. Take a look at James Gunn’s tweet below, as we get ready for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
I’m so out in space unconnected at this point, outside of Thanos in Vol 1, I’ve never had to deal with even a single moment of continuity. https://t.co/uqgYryh6LO
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 6, 2016