In a recent Q&A Interview on Facebook, Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Director James Gunn finally put a lid on the speculations surrounding Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) involvement in the sequel, and how far will the Infinity Stones catch up to them. Well, frankly speaking, there’s none. Gunn was quick to answer questions clarifying that the Mad Titan will not appear at all in GotGv2, and no reference or mention will be made about the Infinity Stones. This is actually something that we will look forward to seeing how the sequel will depart from the first movie’s plot which focused on the gang’s attempt to wrestle the Power Stone from the hands of Ronan the Accuser.
Gunn enigmatically confirmed that the Guardians have ‘other fish to try’. ‘Thanos will not appear in Vol. 2. No. As I’ve said before, Thanos isn’t in this movie. I think he’s gonna have a little bit to do and say when it comes to a certain wars and infinity. We’ve got other fish to fry in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.’, Gunn says.
Speaking about the Infinity Stones, GotGv2 will seem to drop the pursuit entirely – and Gunn does not see it as a big, anti-climactic spoiler. Gunn says, ‘We’re not really so much about the Infinity Stones in Guardians 2. Is that a spoiler? It’s not really a thing.’
Perhaps Disney and Marvel has seen the value of stand-alone sequels – follow-ups that are not actually tied to the grander scheme of things of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These lead writers to push their creativity further by not being tied up on a predetermined plot. This may also prove to be a good thing among viewers, to have some sort of option from the heavily saturated, end-of-all things, theme of the MCU.
According to ScreenRant’s John Casteele, “It’s honestly kind of refreshing to see a film in the MCU that doesn’t just add on to the story leading up to Infinity War. One problem that the Marvel films sometimes have is that so much work is involved in connecting them that they have a hard time standing on their own. Some films fare better in this regard than others, but it’s nice to see that moves can exist within the MCU without having to tie in directly to the goings on in other parts of the shared universe.”
It’s too early to tell at this point if this strategy will play well for GotGv2. We’re hopeful though that the sequel will recapture the comedic excitement of the first GotG that made it an endearing success – not to mention the great 70s tunes that goes along with it.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit the big screens on May 5, 2017, with production now currently in the works.