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.