Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 ends the James Gunn era of Marvel Studios. However also leaves a nice clear runway that Marvel can do what it wants with the characters in the future, if that’s the case Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 4 or beyond. You’d think it would be a bit odd for Gunn to see the characters he was so instrumental in creating in adventures he wasn’t involved with, but in a new interview, he actually says the opposite.
“Whatever Marvel does with these characters, I can’t wait,” said the writer-director said the New York Times. “I hope they use it. I can’t wait to see another filmmaker take on the Guardians and I hope they do it in a way that makes them own the characters. But I feel good, I feel happy.”
The The same can be said for most characters – those after completing this trilogy (with some avenger detours) all exist in a better, happier place. That was on purpose. However, Gunn admits it had a little to do with what the actors playing the characters wanted.
“Both Zoe [Saldaña] and Dave [Bautista] “I have made it very clear that they will not continue – and neither will I,” Gunn said. “Chris [Pratt] is open to more things, although I think he needs convincing. It changes a few things: I wouldn’t have had Dave in the post-credits scene, for example. But I’m not sure if much else would have changed beyond that.”
Because of this, Drax faces the heartwarming predicament of embracing his paternity and rejecting his nickname, Destroyer, and Gamora sets out to meet her new non-Guardians family. That can easily be the end of these characters. On the contrary, Peter Quill is specifically told in a big end credits scene that he will be back. But that only happens after Quill has completed the journey Gunn planned for him.
“The Peter Quill arc can be viewed in a way as that of a lot of people who have experienced childhood trauma,” Gunn said. “He was at his mother’s bedside when she died and he ran away and went into space – which could mean isolation from the world for other people – and stayed there for a long time before he realized he was human as an adult that he had to return to Earth. For me, that was always his journey.”
You can read more spoiler-filled thoughts on Gunn’s film over at the NY Times. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 is in cinemas now.
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