James Gunn, the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy, has confirmed that the third film will not undo the death of a major character. While that sort of thing isn’t uncommon to happen in a comic book or a comic book movie, the director is intent that the character stays dead.
Anyone who has seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will know the tear-jerking ending in which – Spoiler alert! – space pirate Yondu Udonta redeems himself after a life of misdeeds by giving his oxygen mask to Peter “Star-Lord” Quill, dooming himself to die in the vaccuum of space in order to save the life of his adopted son. Since the movie’s central theme is about family, his sacrifice is one that emphasizes that sometimes, the friends you care about have stronger bonds than the people that are in your family.
Talking on Facebook, James Gunn very clearly states that he has no intention of undoing Yondu’s demise for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, or any future Marvel movie that he might work on:
“Although it is always possible to see Yondu in flashback or prequel, I personally will never bring him back to life in present time because it would nullify his sacrifice and the love from father to son that affects me so much personally as well as others all around the world. One of the reasons that Yondu is the most popular character from the second film is BECAUSE of this sacrifice, and the idea of bringing him back in Vol. 3 or 4 or on the Yondu Netflix series because he sells a lot of Funko Pops horrifies and sickens me. Like I said, I hate it. And I’ll never do it.”
Gunn also noted that Groot’s sacrifice at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy – which was seemingly undone by the character’s regeneration into Baby Groot – actually did have an impact in his eyes. The Groot that audiences spent the entire movie caring about is dead, and his regenerated form has its own personality and none of the memories of the original. So applying Gunn’s logic here, I guess that means we can expect to see more Funko Pops of Groot, and The Groot Show could be a thing on Netflix (just kidding).
The first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies are available on home video, while a third is in development. The Guardians themselves will appear in both Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel.
10 Cosmic Heroes We Want To See In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’
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 and commercially.
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!