Doing a Periscope session the other day to answer fans’ questions, James Gunn gave us some clues as to what we can expect from the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy. The good folks over at Screen Rant were nice enough to transcribe the session so we can continue to dissect it days later.
Among some of the gems we gathered from the Periscope session were that Gunn is taking a different approach with this movie than Whedon did with Age of Ultron. Where Joss added in a couple more characters, Gunn is doing his best to keep it to the core team and taking other characters out so he can focus on the emotional journeys of the key characters. In answering a fan’s question about Chris Pratt’s reaction to the script, here is what Gunn had to say.
“It’s a very moving script. Listen, one of the main things with Guardians of the Galaxy is not to add a bunch of characters, not to make it bigger in that way but to go deeper with the characters. And yeah, there’s going to be the big things we’ve come to expect from those big battles and action sequences and things like that, big colorful locations and beautiful set pieces, and wonderful designs by visual effects artists and all of us, but what really matters to me is going deeper into the characters and getting to know them more emotionally. And I think we have a story that’s really, truly true for everyone and it just happens to be about aliens.”
Gunn then went on to add that there are actually “less characters in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 than we have in Guardians of the Galaxy 1 because everything is just getting too sprawling and too crazy for me in these superhero comic book movies. And also in superhero comics in general. There’s just too many characters so you can’t concentrate on one and really get to know that character, and I really want to get to know the characters that we know better, and yeah, we will be introducing a new character…”
We can all speculate that this one new character we know we’re getting will be Star-Lord‘s dad, a character Gunn has already confirmed to be in the movie. Speculation on who it is has run from Adam Warlock to Starhawk to Thanos’s brother Starfox, but we’ll just have to wait on that for a while.
To the point of subtracting characters though, it sounds like Gunn had to “kill one of his darlings” as the saying goes, telling his viewers, “I had another big character in my original draft and it was just getting too busy. I took that character out. And it’s a character I like a lot and hope to work with in the future but I just didn’t have room for that person, that character.”
Cannot wait to hear who that would’ve been!
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