James Gunn Teases Details on Guardians of the Galaxy 2


Over the weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn teased some story and character details for the movie’s sequel. In a podcast with Alison Rosen, he talks about how he came up with the story:

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.

He expanded a little on Star-Lord’s father and how it will be different from the comics:

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.

That means we won’t be introduced to J’Son of Spartax, Star-Lord’s father in the comics. While the character is fairly obscure, Guardians did an excellent job of introducing an entire movie of obscure characters to layman moviegoers. Gunn has also already assured fans that the sequel will not just take a backseat to the Avengers movies, which should assuage any fears about Guardians 2 just being a “setup” film.

Who do you think Gunn will write in as Papa Quill? Would it be someone from the existing Marvel Universe or someone original? Tell us your theories in the comments!

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 comes to theaters on May 5, 2017.