Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” spent a good portion of its final ten minutes setting up a potential sequel which would deal with the identity of the father of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt). In the comics, the father turns out to be J’son – the Emperor of the Spartoi empire.
‘Guardians’ director James Gunn has previously said the plan is to be different to the comics regarding Star-Lord’s heritage, and in a new interview this week with IGN it seems the plan hasn’t changed:
“I just thought there was a more interesting way to go for the cinematic universe that was more believable. There’s things in the comic that on film were a little too Star Wars for me. And I’m not a big fan of the name J’son. [Laughs]”
Gunn does confirm that the mystery element as to whom it might be will not be a crucial plot point in the upcoming sequel:
“It’s funny, I don’t want to blackbox it too much. You know what I mean? Yeah, it’s like, we’ll find out who is dad is, and it’s going to serve the story. It’s not going to be something like in The Crying Game, though, where the big thing was, ‘He has a penis!’ [or The Sixth Sense’s big twist]. I don’t want to do that. It’s not about the revelation of who it is; it’s about what his relationship is to that character.”
He also says that the sequel on the whole will be quite different to the first film:
“It’s not about recapturing it because Guardians of the Galaxy was really good at what it did. It is what it is. So it’s not about recapturing it. It’s about taking the characters in new directions and learning new things about them. I think for 30 years a lot of Hollywood movies have been treating the audiences like they’re idiots. We didn’t. We know it’s fun, and we’re not against having a good dumb time – seeing explosions and stuff like that – but at the heart of it, I think there’s this basic respect for the humanity of the audience involved and a respect for the characters and the storytelling. I think that people like that.”
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is now available on VOD services and will score a disc release on December 9th.