Marvel Studios is continuing too much up the timeline with ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ taking place only a few months after ‘Captain America: Civil War’ even though years have passed and now we’ve learned that ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ will take place four years after ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘! The timeline was pretty on target for being in line with the release dates so it should be interesting to see how this plays out for audiences.

Before I go any further though I just want to point out that this likely means that if we have a toddler or child Groot in the upcoming film that in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ we might have an angsty or rebellious “teenage” Groot. Likely though he’ll be back to a fully grown Groot if Vin Diesel’s comments about going up against The Hulk prove to be true.

According to Kevin Feige for dating the Guardians movies in particular:

“Yeah, knowing that outside of the Guardians franchise, we don’t necessarily always date the movies. You don’t always know, we don’t say, ‘2012, 2013…’ We do in the Guardians because you do the math and 1988, and it’s 26 years later. But we never say, ‘Oh, this takes place in 2018, this takes place in 2017.’ But it was important for the story that James wanted to tell that they’re still relatively fresh in their new group.”

It is hard to tell if that means we’ll just have a rebellious teenage Groot going up against Ruffalo’s Hulk or the full sized one from the original Guardians. I suspect that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘ will take place after the events of at least ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and possibly ‘Avengers 4‘ as well with some of the fallout contributing to the team’s eventual breakup.

The upside is that the films won’t entirely gloss over what happened over the 4-year lapse as when Feige was asked if any of them would be mentioned he responded:

“Yeah. They will have evolved slightly, in some recognizable ways. But really they’ll be the Guardians and dealing with the shit storm they have to deal with.”

Are you happy to hear that we’ll have a larger Groot when our heroes go up against Thanos? Will these time jumps become more common in future Marvel Studios movies? Share your thoughts below True Believers!

Source: Cinema Blend

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