James Gunn is breaking Marvel’s cardinal rule: share as little with fans as possible. He’s the only director who makes it a habit to respond to fans on his Facebook on a semi-regular basis. He’s obviously not going to give away anything major, and it’s a nice example of how fans can feel connected to a project without being spoiled so early in the process.
Gunn took to his Facebook page yesterday to reveal that he had finished the first draft of the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 screenplay, and then fielded some questions from fans.
He didn’t reveal any plot points, but did nice details and reiterated yet again that Star-Lord’s dad is in the film and it’s not J’son like it is in the comics. Here are some other bullet points from his Facebook Q&A:
- He spent the last 48 days turning his 70-page scriptment (“the majority of a script, with every beat and even a lot of dialogue”) into a screenplay. The higher ups at Marvel and Disney have read the scriptment, but only Gunn and his assistant have read the full screenplay.
- Like he did with the first movie, Gunn has chosen all of the music for Awesome Mix Vol. 2. Additionally, “every song is in the script, just as I did on the first movie.” Keep in mind that these songs might not make it to the final film. Last December, Gunn provided the uncut tracklist for the Awesome Mix Vol. 1, and I assume there will be an uncut soundtrack for Guardians 2 as well.
- Hulk is not appearing in this movie.
Gunn did a lot of research by reading the comics, but “but it’s all to fill out and make better the essential story that I came up with while making the first movie.” Translation: don’t expect a straight adaptation of a Guardians of the Galaxy storyline from the comics.
- Unsurprisingly, the main cast will return along with a few others from the first movie (presumably Yondu and Nebula).
I expect this won’t be the last time we hear from Gunn during pre-production. He has a good rapport with fans and shooting on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 doesn’t begin until February. The good news is that at some point, Gunn will probably stop talking around Star-Lord’s dad and just tell us who it is.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 opens May 5, 2017, and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and features the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. For more on the film, click here.