There are many reasons to be excited about the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War — it's the climax of years of Marvel movies, as the Earth's Mightiest Heroes finally (finally!) go up against Thanos to stop whatever grand scheme he's been planning in the 30 seconds of screen time he gets in the occasional post-credits sequence. #InfinityWar will see the now expansive ranks of the #Avengers unite again after they were torn apart in Captain America: Civil War, and we may even see the debut of the eagerly-anticipated Captain Marvel.
What's most exciting of all is the prospect of the Avengers joining forces with the #MCU's other superhero team: The group of A-holes known as the Guardians of the Galaxy. We can hardly wait to see these characters team up — and yet, it now seems that the Guardians may not be as big a part of Infinity War as we had hoped.
It's difficult to work out exactly what's going to happen in Infinity War, and as directors the Russo brothers have a huge roster of characters to balance, it was inevitable that not everyone could get their time in the spotlight. And as #GuardiansoftheGalaxy2 director James Gunn reveals to Complex, the Guardians might just have to take a step back in this flick.
"You know listen, I don't think we should overstate things that it is an Avengers movie. But the Guardians are a part of the cosmic universe, they're a part of Thanos' stories, so, they are in there, and they have, not the biggest, but, an integral part to that."
Gunn hints that the space-faring team will be drawn into the fight because they have history with Thanos — this especially applies to Gamora and Nebula, and as his adopted (here meaning kidnapped) daughters, it could be that the women want to stop the Mad Titan's rampage across the galaxy, leading to a team-up with the Avengers.
And yet, Gunn warns fans that Infinity War should not be considered an Avengers/Guardians crossover movie. Primarily, this is the third Avengers movie, so the focus will be on the Earth-bound team. Although the Guardians are "integral" to the story, it seems likely that they'll take a backseat to the Avengers themselves.
Of course, the recently released Infinity War sizzle reel did heavily feature the Guardians, and other rumors have alleged that Star-Lord will be a "major player" in the third Avengers film. Despite this, we should probably listen to Gunn's cautionary comments — as much as we may like the Guardians to share the spotlight in Infinity War, ultimately this movie is about the Avengers.
Tell us in the comments: What do you want to see happen in Infinity War?