JAMES GUNN Drops Major GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 Hints, Reveals His Favorite Characters, More

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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn took to Facebook to perform a live video interview with fans who asked questions via his comments section. While Gunn wasn't able to respond to all of the several thousand questions posed to him, he did reveal some major details about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as well as revealing his Captain America: Civil War side, and his future projects.

By far the largest topic of conversation in the interview was whether Gunn would be adding any characters to the Guardians' roster in Vol. 2, and if so, who those characters would be. While he staunchly refused to confirm or deny how many characters would be added - he said "at least one" - he did drop some hints about which characters might, and might not, make the cut. 

As for who would be in the film, the only thing Gunn would outright confirm is that Stan Lee will make another cameo, saying "it would be stupid" to think he would not want Lee's continued involvement in the franchise. Though he would not say whether the character would appear in the movie, Gunn called Adam Warlock his favorite Jim Starlin creation, and said "Wait and see. Everything's gonna be different in the Infinity War." He also said that Guardians Vol. 2 would have an expanded role for Nebula, and possibly even Howard the Duck.

Meanwhile, Gunn reiterated statements he made last year, saying Nova would not appear in Guardians Vol. 2, confirming that Peter Quill would be the only Earthling appearing in the film. He also explicitly stated that he did not want Iron Man to appear as a member of the Guardians, saying that he has little interest in mashing up characters. Despite downplaying the idea of a Guardians/Avengers crossover, and saying Guardians Vol. 2 is a "story unto itself, not about setting up that crossover," he did confirm that he was "talking" with the Russo brothers about Avengers: Infinity War 1 &2, saying "We all talk about it."

Gunn also spoke about his future projects, saying he was no longer interested in directing a Thunderbolts movie, primarily because of his involvement with Marvel's cosmic wing keeping his hands full. Gunn also revealed that he is consulting on several more cosmic projects for Marvel, but could not say what they might be. Though he no longer wants to direct Thunderbolts, Gunn said if he were to work on another Marvel property outside of the cosmic side, he would want to direct a Hulk film, though it would not be based on "Planet Hulk." Gunn also said that if Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 performed well, further sequels were "likely."

Continuing in a purely speculative manner, Gunn confessed that if he were to direct a DC Comics movie, he would love to do Shazam or Metal Men. Meanwhile, he also confessed that, while he loves Star Wars, and that it was a major influence on Guardians of the Galaxy, he has "no interest" in directing an upcoming Star Wars film.

When asked about his chosen side for Captain America: Civil War, Gunn said he could not choose sides because he hadn't seen the film and didn't know the main conflict, but said that in the comic book Civil War, he sided with Iron Man, saying he "understood" the desire to register superheroes.

Gunn revealed several details about the first Guardians of the Galaxy, saying that Thanos was initially the main villain, and reiterating previous comments that keeping him in the script had proved difficult but important. He also revealed that Danny DeVito was considered for the role of Rocket, though he did not audition as they decided to go in a more youthful direction.

Finally, Gunn said that, aside from Guardians of the Galaxy, his favorite MCU films are Iron Man and Ant-Man, saying "I like the simple 'Man' films."

You can see the entire interview right here:

Live Q&A

Posted by James Gunn on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 begins shooting in Atlanta, GA in February, for a May 5, 2017 release.

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