‘Guardians Vol. 3’: James Gunn Considering ‘Breaking The Canon’

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is said to “conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy.” However, director James Gunn, who is currently writing the third film, has hit a tiny bit of a snag.

While appearing on the World Building Panel at E3, Gunn revealed that he is in the midst of debating whether or not he is going to “break the canon” established in the Guardians films to encorporate ideas he has for Vol. 3. Here is what he initially stated:

“I’m writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and I finished the first draft of the treatment yesterday. I’m excited about it. I feel really great about it. But there’s one little thing that I had in the first movie. Now, Marvel Canon—MCU—is crazy. There’s the 616 universe which is the Marvel Comics Universe, which people get hung up on that canon, and then there’s the MCU, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has a separate canon (inspired by but not exactly the same as the 616). I did something in the first movie of Guardians where it was in the background but it was distinctly there, and people know that it’s there. And I’m like goddammit. Because I have a really good storytelling reason for breaking the canon, and I stayed up last night figuring out if I’m gonna do it or not. I still don’t know.”

Gunn eventually went on to elaborate more on what he is having trouble with:

“I’ll actually tell ya. In the first movie, there is the mugshot sequence where the characters go through and they’re going through the mugshots and having their picture taken. And the Nova Corps has information about each of the characters coming up on their machinery. Those things are something that your average viewer doesn’t see at all. But there’s a lot of background I put into those things about who they’ve worked with, where they are from, what’s going on. And it’s one of those things that I’m thinking about changing.”

If I were to make an educated guess based on all the evidence on the table, I would say one possibility is an appearance from Rocket’s girlfriend from the comics, Lady Lylla, an sentient otter from the planet Halfworld. In Rocket’s background information in the very scene Gunn mentioned, Halfworld is listed as Rocket’s homeworld and Lylla is one of his known associates. Perhaps he is considering having Rocket meet Lylla for the first time in the course of the sequel. Under any other circumstances, the introduction of an animal girlfriend character like this might be worthy of an eyeroll (the Chipettes in Alvin and the Chipmunks spring to mind), but I think it could be just the type of bizarre quirky thing that Gunn excels at. For a character like Rocket that is so lonely and angry at the universe and once uttered the phrase “Ain’t no thing like me, ‘cept me,” finding someone that’s just like him could be a perfect storyline for the character in the third film.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in theaters now.

Source: GameSlice (via CinemaBlend)

10 Cosmic Heroes We Want To See In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’

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It’s official: James Gunn has confirmed that that he will be returning to both write and direct the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie, which is just phenomenal news. Gunn has created something really special with these films. He took third-tier (at best) comic book characters that most fans didn’t yet know they needed to love and turned their story into not one, but two blockbuster movies that are major hits, both critically (Vol. 2 is getting mostly positive buzz on social media following press screenings) and financially (the sequel’s currently tracking at about $150 million for its opening weekend).

In his Facebook post, Gunn stated that Guardians Vol. 3 will “conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond.” He also made a brief mention of “some of the other forthcoming heroes” that could be appearing in the series. With these things in mind, we thought it would be a wonderful idea to explore some of the cosmic Marvel characters that fans might like to see in the third installment.

Before we jump in, a couple caveats. While it would surely be a lot of fun to see some of the Earthbound MCU characters mixing it up with the team in space, this list is only going to feature cosmic-based Marvel characters. The film will hit theaters after the Guardians’ introduction to Tony and Cap and the gang in Avengers: Infinity War, so we may still see that happen anyway. Also, I’m sure there are plenty of fantastic cosmic villains that would be great fits to antagonize the team in the third film, but we’re only focusing on the good guys in this list. Also, as amazing as it would be to see Silver Surfer or Galactus in the MCU, we’re not including anyone that Marvel doesn’t currently own the rights to, so don’t expect to see Agent Venom or Kitty Pryde or any of the other non-MCU characters that have served on the team in the comics on this list either. Also, it should be noted that I have not yet seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, so if any of these characters do appear, my apologies for the wasted entry.

Now, without further adieu, here are the 10 cosmic Marvel heroes we want to see in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Hit the next button below to begin!

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Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz is an Atlanta-based writer, filmmaker and host of The Amazing Nerdiverse Podcast (on iTunes and YouTube).

  • TheWalkingLost

    That line could easily be explained as either there aren’t any other raccoon-esque creatures/beings from Halfworld, or it was just Rocket posturing like he does because he doesn’t like the idea of there being others that are similar to him.

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