Yesterday, #JamesGunn live-streamed a Facebook question-and-answer session for any fans watching. I watched this video, and though he didn't give away any really important information, he did say some things worth speculating over that hint at the release date for Awesome Mix Vol. 2! He explained the controversy over #SylvesterStallone's character, hinted at the possibility of a Rocket/Groot spin-off, and more. Gunn also said that every day from now until May 5th, a behind-the-scenes photo will be released on Gunn's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 will premiere worldwide on May 5th.
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More Info About Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Recently, EMPIRE Magazine published an article that had a list of songs that each actor would have on their own personal Awesome Mix. Apparently, there was some controversy over this article and many people thought that this list was actually the official lineup of songs that would be in Awesome Mix Vol. 2. In the question-and-answer session, Gunn was asked why Chris Pratt chose the song he did, and Gunn cleared up that none of the songs on this list are actually on the soundtrack.
Gunn was also asked (in relation to songs on the soundtrack) if there were any songs cut from the first film that would appear in the second film. He said that the two major songs that were cut were "Magic" by Pilot and "Livin' Thing" by Electric Light Orchestra and that "neither of those songs are in (Guardians Of The Galaxy) Vol. 2."
When asked about the release date for the soundtrack, Gunn said this:
"It's not too long, it's a couple of weeks."
Though no exact date has been revealed, I imagine the full album will be released at some point between the 15th and 17th of April.
Groot's Memory Loss
There has been a reasonable amount of speculation as to whether Groot will have his memories and the same relationship with Rocket as he did in the first film. In other words, if he is the same #Groot as before. In this Q&A, Gunn was flat-out asked, and replied with this:
"No, he is not the same Groot. No, he does not have the same memories"
He also said that Groot and #Rocket will have a very different relationship that we will see it on the screen. I am excited to see how their relationship will play out and if we will see them becoming the friends that they were in the first film all over again.
A Rocket/Groot Spin-Off
To add to the above point, Gunn also commented on the possibility of a Groot spin-off film. There have been rumors online about a Groot/Rocket spin-off film but it has mostly just been fans hoping that the film will be made if they make enough noise. When asked about the possibility of a Groot spin-off, James Gunn said:
"I think it would be a lot of fun to do different spin-offs from 'Guardians.' I have a lot of ideas."
This is very hopeful and it seems like Gunn would like to do the movie but, as always, it is up to #Marvel to decide. To add to this hope, Gunn also said that his favorite guardians were Rocket Raccoon and Groot. He also hinted that if he were to make a Guardians spin-off, it would be centered around Groot or Rocket. I hope that this movie does get made because I love the relationship between these two characters and they are easily my favorite out of the Guardians.
Easter Eggs And Galactus
When asked if he made any Tango and Cash references between #KurtRussell and Sylvester Stallone, Gunn said he did not. Though disappointing, this is unsurprising. The question did spark another interesting one — whether the rumors about Stallone's character were true. When asked about this, Gunn did confirm that the article published about #SilverSurfer and #Galactus being in the movie (with Stallone taking the mantle of Galactus) was, in fact, only an April Fools' Day prank. Gunn also said, when asked about #EasterEggs, that there would be lots of great Easter Eggs and that:
"We did one yesterday that is really truly very funny."
I am excited to see what Easter Eggs will appear in the movie because the first movie was chock full of brilliant references to the extended Marvel universe and comics. James Gunn has displayed an ability to elegantly fit them into his films.
The Wider MCU
"We've discussed it before, we've talked about it."
"I don't think it is out of the question."
This answer is reasonably vague but basically suggests that Marvel is thinking about it. I am not really bothered about whether there will be an R-rated MCU film because, other than the Winter Soldier, the MCU characters are less dark (like Logan/Wolverine or Batman) and the whole feeling of the MCU is much lighter. When asked about whether Gunn would ever direct an Avengers film, he said,
"Would I direct an Avenger's film? No."
This is very blatant but also follows up on the fact that he has an upcoming project that he is directing and will be announced soon. I am glad that Gunn knows what he is good at and is going to stay away from the more serious side of the MCU.
Would you like to see a Groot/Rocket spin-off movie?
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