James Gunn Says GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 Is All About “Moving Forward”

     December 8, 2014

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With Guardians of the Galaxy hitting Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow writer/director James Gunn has been doing some additional press for the film and he’s been dropping some interesting details about Guardians of the Galaxy 2 along the way.  And I really, really like the sound of things so far.  It probably helps that I’m a massive fan of Gunn’s already, but I’m stoked for the sequel and certainly hope I’m still alive when it comes out (my general go-to thought when I hear about any release date after 2015).

Hit the jump for what Gunn has to say about how the characters in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will evolve.  The film opens on May 5th, 2017.  Hopefully the Blu-ray extras you’ll be getting tomorrow can tide you over until then.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-charactersGunn told Comic Book Resources that he doesn’t see this franchise as being as static as some others:

I mean, no knock against James Bond.  I love James Bond movies, and the Sam Mendes one [Skyfall] is slightly outside of this, and Casino Royale is slightly outside of this, but basically, James Bond is a James Bond movie over and over and over again. The character never learns anything, and the character never does anything new.  And that’s not a knock.  It’s a really fun series.  But that’s not what the Guardians are. The Guardians are going to continuously change. I think that some of the characters are probably worse than what we think they are, and other characters are better than what we think they are. It’s going to be interesting to learn a little bit about that as time goes on.

Music to my ears.  Gunn goes on to elaborate:

Really, it’s just about walking forward in an elegant manner.  When you go forward with a group of characters, that means you have to go forward.  And going forward means you’re understanding these characters in a new way, you’re developing a new kind of story about their lives and who they are and where they’re going.  And if you’re doing that, if you’re walking forward, then you can’t just repeat what you did before. That’s going backwards. That’s not understanding the character.

I’m not a big superhero guy but I love the Guardians of the Galaxy (I actually just check my UPS tracking number in the hopes that my disc would come early today), so I’m definitely stoked for 2017.

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