“I can’t remember ANY comic book film where someone didn’t die,” James Gunn confessed during an Instagram Q&A regarding ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3’, his upcoming Marvel Studios film, which is expected to be announced as part of Marvel’s Phase 5. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ showed the death of Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou), and Yondu (Michael Rooker) died in ‘Guardians, Vol. 2’. The first wasn’t a massive loss to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Yondu’s sacrifice was the emotional climax of the sequel.
Gunn co-wrote the first ‘Guardians’ with Nicole Perlman, and wrote the two sequels on his own. Even during the period when Gunn was no longer attached to direct ‘Guardians, Vol. 3’, it was believed that Disney and Marvel Studios would keep Gunn’s script. Thankfully, in March, Gunn was rehired, after he was initially fired last year over old tweets that surfaced and proved to not be in keeping with Disney’s wholesome image.
Moving into ‘Guardians, Vol. 3’, the core Guardians are back together– Drax, Groot, Nebula, Rocket, Star-Lord, and the time-tossed Gamora, who was brought into the present thanks to ‘Avengers: Endgame’. Thor was also tagging along on their upcoming space journey, although the events of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ may alter his involvement. Could one of these characters be making their final appearance in ‘Guardians, Vol. 3’? It’s probably safe to say Gamora will live. Gunn wouldn’t kill her again, after her gut-wrenching death in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’… would he?
Gunn is presently filming ‘The Suicide Squad’ for Warner Brothers– a film he accepted after being let go by Disney. Marvel announced its Phase 4 films at SDCC this summer, which carries the studio into 2021. ‘Guardians, Vol. 3’ will likely be part of Phase 5, which begins in 2022. ‘Blade’ is the only other movie that has been announced for Phase 5.
How do you feel about another death in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3’?