We live in a time when a character’s death on screen in a genre film doesn’t hold much weight anymore. Why? Because they’re often seemingly resurrected in the next episode or film.
Don’t expect that to happen with the “Guardians of the Galaxy” series with director James Gunn saying he has no plans to bring a dead character back to life in the third installment.
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2”
The writer/director took to Facebook this week address the idea of life after death in the ‘Guardians’ universe and the way fans were so affected by the sacrifice of Yondu. Gunn says he has no plans to cheapen that death:
“What bothers me is when a character is given a beautiful or powerful death in popular culture, that fulfills a character arc… and then is brought back in a sequel or comic or later episode through some usually ridiculous means because, you know, he or she is popular.
This has become so commonplace in TV, movies, and (especially) comics that any significant death, at least in franchises, loses its emotional impact. And, by extension, all death and danger lose their power in these stories.
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.”
In the case of Groot it’s a little different as Gunn says, unlike the comics, it’s clear that ‘Baby Groot’ is NOT the old one, the original is definitely dead – the new one has: “a different personality… none of his memories, and is much, much dumber.”
Finally today, check out a new VFX reel from the film which has just gone online.
Source: Heat Vision