James Gunn Clarifies the Relationship Between the Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers in the MCU

     December 24, 2014


When it comes to Marvel movies, every single thing that a filmmaker or actor or producer involved with the MCU says is scrutinized, twisted, and distorted in the name of fandom.  The franchises obviously have a lot of fans, and those fans feel invested, so they’re always looking for a hint or revelation about what’s next.  Recently, Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer/director James Gunn took part in a Q&A in which he was asked about the possibility of the Guardians teaming up with The Avengers in a future Marvel movie.  Before even hearing what he has to say, the answer is, obviously, yes that will happen.  The entire idea of the MCU is that these films take place in the same universe, so obviously characters from Marvel’s hip new franchise will cross paths with the others at some point in the future.

However, Gunn’s comments on the matter were misconstrued as him either confirming a team-up or denying it will ever happen, depending on which report you read.  The filmmaker has now taken to Facebook in a lengthy post trying to clear up the issue once and for all.  Read on after the jump.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-james-gunnIt’s kind of silly that this kind of clarification is even necessary, but Gunn recently took to his Facebook page and addressed those concerned that the Guardians may somehow never meet up with Robert Downey Jr. and Co.

Woke up the other day to two articles – one that announced I said the Avengers and the Guardians were never teaming up, another that said I said they were. These two articles were based ON THE SAME INTERVIEW (the podcast with Jeff Goldsmith). The truth is, I never said either of those things. I’m not going to tell anyone what happens to the Guardians, especially two or three movies down when who even knows if I’ll be around anymore. Whatever the case, there’s been a lot of anger around me – at me, from people defending me at others, and so on. And it’s all people who love Marvel, like me, and just want to see awesome and amazing and moving stories.

There are many more important things going on in the world right now, but this is clogging up my feed, so let me do my best to set the record straight. Perhaps sometimes I say things imperfectly, unclearly, or inelegantly. All I’ve ever tried to say was the Guardians are an important part of the MCU, and they definitely share an existence with the Avengers and other characters in the MCU. But the week after the movie opened I walked into the Marvel offices, and I sat down with Kevin Feige and some of the other folks at Marvel. We had a long discussion about where the Guardians were headed and what was happening to them. I told them exactly what I wanted to do with the sequel to Guardians, and everyone was on board and excited. And, regarding the bigger picture, we all agreed on one thing, and that was to keep huge chunks of the Guardians separate from the Marvel heroes of earth, because they have a whole galaxy to explore. We wanted to use them as a way to make the MCU bigger, not smaller. We wanted to make sure they have their own mythos, as opposed to only one that is intertwined with the earthbound characters. They ARE connected, of course, but that connection would not be the purpose of their stories and fictional lives.

Gunn goes on to admit that of course he has to speak in generalities when faced with these kinds of questions, because some things have been decided on and some things haven’t re: the larger MCU plan.  So, in short, stop asking these kinds of questions and expecting Gunn to just flat-out confirm things that will happen in the MCU four or five years from now.  It’s not gonna happen.

The filmmaker is currently busy writing the script for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but with Marvel having already announced a two-part Avengers: Infinity Wars saga, I would not at all be shocked if we saw our first scene between Star-Lord and Tony Stark in one of those movies.

Read Gunn’s full message over on Facebook, which also includes an explanation as to how Peter Quill’s Walkman still had battery power.


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