Gunn Talks “Guardians” Sequel Returnees

Filmmaker James Gunn is continuing his press rounds for the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” which hits VOD next week ahead of a disc release on December 9th.

As reported the other day, Gunn says the upcoming ‘Guardians’ sequel will be more standalone from the other Marvel films and deal more with setting up the Marvel Cosmic Universe on screen. In a new interview with EW, he has also spoken about some of the characters that he hopes will return in the follow-up.

“Yondu and Kraglin, the Ravagers. And I love Nebula. I think that she is underutilized in the film. I want to see more of her. The Collector, he’ll reappear. I don’t know if he’s gonna be in the next one. I do think his story is really compelling, and I think he’s one of those very interesting shades of gray characters.”

In terms of setting out to write the sequel, Gunn states that this is the kind of film that you can’t just clone – it has to be something quite different:

“I would say the main thing is: Don’t just copy yourself, which is what a lot of sequels do. And in some cases it works. Like James Bond movies. But James Bond is a different type of character. This is many characters. I think Guardians, at the end, is not the structure of a comic book movie, it’s not the structure of an action-adventure, it’s not the structure of a comedy. It’s the structure of a family drama. So how does that play itself out?”

Gunn also spoke about the dancing baby Groot toy which has finally been released through official merchandising channels. It seems the studio wasn’t caught off guard by the popularity of the character, rather they didn’t want spoilers getting out. He tells Vulture:

“While we were still shooting the movie, I brought up putting Dancing Baby Groot out as a toy. The reason it didn’t happen is because you have some control in the film industry over secrets getting out there, but the people you don’t have much control over are the toy people, unfortunately. Those toy designs get out, always! And people definitely would have gotten ahold of the Baby Groot if we had started manufacturing it in time for it to come out after the movie, so that was the biggest reason we didn’t push on that particular element.”

Gunn was also asked if the cocoon we see in one of the glass cages during the visit to The Collector was that of Adam Warlock. He indicates it is, but its placement there is more a random act than anything else:

“There’s a cocoon that’s exactly like Adam Warlock’s. I wasn’t really thinking that much when I put that in. That was my idea to put that in there. They’re like, ‘What should we put in?” So I went in the Marvel handbook and like just picked cool things that looked neat to put into the boxes. It looked like Adam’s Warlock cocoon, so now everyone thinks he’s out of there and you know… I don’t know.”