There are a few deaths in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘ that might have an impact on the franchise going forward and director James Gunn is opening up about one of them. As another huge Marvel Studios opening, this one made us feel the loss of a character that fans had come to enjoy. Agent Phil Coulson may have died in ‘The Avengers, but it was a shortlived death was we saw him return in Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and let’s be clear that no one really cared when Quicksilver bought the big one in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ These movies are the type which needs consequences and as we’ll be seeing some of the original Avengers contracts expiring and one or two of those characters also passing it will finally happen.
But, who would have thought that the first major death which was done in such a heart-wrenching way would have been out among the stars?
Obviously, if you haven’t seen the movie you should turn back now as this is a very significant plot point to the film and a massive spoiler to those who haven’t seen it:
So, we’re going to be talking about Peter Quill’s adoptive father’s death. Yes, the tragic loss of Michael Rooker’s Yondu who you loved to be annoyed with and ended up loving as a character. Gunn and Rooker both had a few words to say about why he had to die and, because of that, how they had shaped the character.
Entertainingly enough, Gunn didn’t even want the movie to end that way initially.
“I didn’t want that to be the ending, and I kind of refused to put that in as the ending for a long time. It wasn’t how the movie ended.”
Rooker, of course, added that “Well, I didn’t want him to write it either” as none of the actors outside of Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving have publically wanted to leave the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far.
Gunn went on to say that:
“But, at the end of the day, I knew that’s where it needed to go. I knew that we need to have real stakes in these movies. We need to lose characters. And not everyone who sees Marvel movies loves that.
They don’t love losing characters.But for the characters to really make a difference, to really make their lives mean something, you needs to have these kinds of losses.”
“What are we going to do? You know?But it worked so well for this story in this movie. That’s what really worked. And, yeah, what are you going to do? And it’s for the good of the movie.”
With there finally being stakes in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe that people can have a care about and Gunn’s increased involvement with Marvel Studios going forward, I wouldn’t expect this to be our last death on the horizon. Particularly since the third movie plans to completely bring an end to the current team.
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