What you may not be aware of is that last year’s Guardians of The Galaxy was quite different from the comics. Of course we see this in most adaptations from book (comic) to film but in Guardians James Gunn used his imagination, along with Marvel/Disney President the master Kevin Feige, to breathe new life into a really interesting world with many alterations made, most likely to tie in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. For example in the comics the Kree villain Ronan eventually swings round to become a heroic figure, fighting with the good guys, plus the way the team is brought together, by Starlord, and some of their origins are totally different. In speaking on the Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend podcast earlier in the week, Gunn spoke about his script for the sequel, scheduled for May 5th 2017, confirming that there won’t just be some slight changes, but the complete story of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be his and not based on specific story lines from the comics.
“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.”
So we can definitely say that we’re going to see new characters, and perhaps some of those will be new members of the team. He’d previously disclosed that there’d be at least two female members of the team this time around, new villains and supporting characters for future sequels, and other space-based/cosmic characters who could be involved with The Avengers: Infinity War, which will be the culmination of all these films into a two-parter where the, “Most powerful being in the Universe”, Thanos, at least according to Korath (Djimon Hounsou), will be challenged by the heroes (maybe a crossover of The Avengers and the GOTG?)
Gunn went on to say,
“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.”
GOTG was a property that we really didn’t know much about. Most of us couldn’t fathom how having heroes like Groot, the “Humanoid Tree”, and Rocket Raccoon would work on the big screen. But Gunn managed to pull it off with flying colours, in style, and made it really fun for everyone. I think we can be pretty confident that Guardians 2 will echo this tone and have a similar feel about it. Plus we desperately want to hear “Awesome Mix Vol.3”.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in the UK on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017, Black Panther on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6 2018, Inhumans on November 2 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019.