Embargoes were lifted this month for last April’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 set visit, and now we have several new pieces of information regarding Marvel’s next film. Screenrant has an exhaustive list of the set visit, but here are some of the most important reports from the set.
First of all, Infinity Stones will surprisingly not make an appearance in Guardians Vol.2. Feige answered with a simple “No” when asked whether or not the stones would be in this sequel. Although they may not make an appearance it has to be assumed that the infinity stone will play some sort of ancillary role in the film. As we know, Guardians should set up Avengers: Infinity War in some shape or form, but the absence of the infinity stones does make me think that the film may be more “stand-alone” than some may have thought.
Without infinity stones, it may be evident that Thanos will likewise not be in Vol.2. Despite Feige saying that Thanos will almost be the “main character” in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos will not be shown at all in this movie. James Gunn had this to say about Thanos (and his family):
“It’s not about the sisters and their father. It’s about two sisters and what were the sisters’ problems with each other. And yeah, some of those things were caused by being raised by the ultimate abusive father. But it really isn’t about Thanos, and frankly I just wasn’t inspired to put him in the movie. I kind of go with my gut on these things and it just wasn’t what I wanted to do. It wasn’t the most fun part of the movie last time for me, and I just didn’t really want to do it this time. And again the relationship with Thanos has nothing to do with it. It’s not about their relationship with Thanos. It’s about their relationship to each other, and what is that. And that was interesting to me. And I thought that was important to our story, and that was important to our characters. What happened with them in the past. There’s a lot of stuff that happened in the past that affects our characters presently.”
While we’re on the subject of Thanos and his gems, Gunn also confirmed that the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, when Star Lord holds the power stone, is an important aspect of his character. While we still do not know how exactly Quill was able to live through it, Gunn and Chris Pratt both say that there will be a little information about that event in the film. Here’s what Gunn had to say:
“There’s a question as to why Star-Lord was able to hold the Infinity Stone and not be completely and immediately destroyed. And we learn a little bit more about why that’s the case in this movie.”
There is a ton more from the set visit that could be talked about (including Mantis’s forced solidarity, Yondu’s struggle to maintain his crew, and the 4-5 different planets that will be in the film), but that is what I found particularly interesting. Make sure to check out the full list over at Screenrant. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premieres May 5, 2017.