To call Guardians of the Galaxy a surprise hit is understandable, but still a bit weird. Marvel and Disney still sunk millions into this project, and the crazy success the movie found was mainly due to the sheer confidence with which Marvel put it out there! Still, that's all in the past now, and Guardians is one of the most bankable and anticipated properties MCU has going! Guardians of the Galaxy 2 can now operate without any of the anxiety and risk which surrounded the first movie, and director, James Gunn is arguably in a state of freedom for this production.
Our hopes for Guardians of the Galaxy 2!
Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most obscure Marvel properties, with the movies able to play fast and loose with material. James Gunn has even stated his interest in creating his own universe over adhering to established stories, and it's nice that he doesn't risk a giant fandom blowing up in his face (I'm so sorry Shane Black. Iron Man 3 was great!) In this respect, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 could go any way, so let's run through a few things we're hoping for come 2017!
Throughout most of phases one and two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I was all for stories loosely connecting, and hinting at something bigger at play! I was wondering if it would culminate into something huge, and then The Avengers happened! Fast forward two years, and Guardians of the Galaxy stops me caring about any interconnectivity in the MCU. That might sound crazy at first. Guardians introduced another infinity stone, and gave us the most detailed depiction of Thanos! How could you not want it connecting with the rest of the MCU?
Well, Guardians of the Galaxy is such a beautifully self-contained world, with such creativity constantly on display that I don't want to risk it getting watered down by the aesthetics of Thor, and The Avengers, and... I dunno, Daredevil? Man that would be weird. I really wouldn't mind if, while [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027) is going down, the Guardians are just off having their own simple, contained adventures!
The internet blew up last week when James Gunn confirmed that Starlord's father would feature in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Immediately, people were cherrypicking characters from the Marvel archives, unaware that Gunn probably just wants to do his own thing. Introducing the dad of Peter Quill opens up great opportunities for some good old stunt casting! For such a special role, I considered an actor who's worked closely with both James Gunn and Joss Whedon, staples of the MCU, yet hasn't appeared in a significant role. Yeah you know what I'm thinking!
Although Nathan Fillion is only ten years older than Chris Pratt, a healthy dose of space logic could always give us the fun father-son back and forth tone we saw in movies like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Funnily enough, Fillion was already in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, as the imposing inmate in the kiln who get his nose pulled by Groot. What a weird way for James Gunn to use one of his best assets!
Fewer space battles
Many moviegoers, myself included, were inclined to proclaim that Guardians of the Galaxy felt like Star Wars all over again. Since then, I've been put off calling it the new coming of the original Star Wars, and when people ask me why, I point to the action sequences. Sure, they're well executed, visually creative, and a darn sight more comprehensible than a lot of stuff we get today, but they're coded with the assumption that blockbuster movies have to outdo themselves. It says something that the prison escape scene early in the first film is more compelling than the attack on Xandar, which is supposed to be the climactic finale. I know the film is trying to wow me, and therefore I'm inclined to resist. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 would benefit from calming down just a teency bit!
Let's get all this straight guys! James Gunn is a weird director. He's behind the third highest grossing movie of 2014, but he's still strange and almost aggressive in his creative endeavors. Hell, the guy's banner on his twitter account is nothing to do with Guardians. It's all surrounding his 2006 horror comedy, Slither. Movies like Gunn's Super are about as challenging as superhero films can get, and while I've no desire to see Gunn's callous darkness reflected in what will apparently be called "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2", I would love to see Marvel really exploit what is undoubtedly the oddest property in the MCU. The first movie is admittedly weird, but still quite palatable. Basically I want this second film to scare off the mass market. Why isn't Marvel willing to alienate the audiences it's spent years cultivating? Why, Marvel? Why?
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