The May 5, 2017 debut of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will see a host of the old favorites reunite on the big screen. From Star-Lord to Gamora, Drax, Rocket and now Baby Groot. But alongside a number of new characters being welcomed into the fold, the feature is expected to lay the groundwork for a crossover to Avengers: Infinity War.
Producer Kevin Feige has a foot in both camps as the 44-year old works tirelessly behind the scenes to get the Marvel films created. Linked and pushed out in time for a fresh installment. Talking on the set to Collider back in 2016, the filmmaker outlined how the sequel ties into the other movies and what the audience can expect in a few months time.
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Having conquered Ronan the Accuser in the finale of the original, Feige was pressed as to where the heroes are in the second feature.
"I think they’re giving it a shot at being more organized heroes," he replied. "They are available for do-gooding, so to speak. It doesn’t always go well, but they try that. And when we first meet them in the beginning of the movie, they’re on a place called Sovereign where they’ve been asked to help with this giant, sort of inter-dimensional beast that comes out and eats their batteries, their power source, and wreaks havoc on their planet. And the Guardians have been asked to come in and dispatch with that thing, and that’s how our film starts. Their legend and their mythology has grown and spread throughout the universe because they defeated Ronan and because they were able to hold – Peter in particular was able to hold an infinity stone and not die. Which also has spread his legend."
Played by Karen Gillian, Feige says that her character Nebula is used as a sort of pawn in the back and forth between the Guardians and the Sovereign.
"She comes back into the story relatively early on," starts the producer. "In fact, we realize that the payment for the mission that the Guardians have done on Sovereign is to get Nebula. The Sovereign have captured Nebula, and are exchanging her for the services of the Guardians helping them. And they want to take Nebula back to Xandar to have her arrested. Things go awry on that journey and she becomes a much bigger player in the film than she was in the first one."
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While Avengers: Infinity War will bring the two components into one mega picture, Feige wanted to press the idea that these movies were very much of their own ilk. Not to be concerned with leading into other features.
"This is really, again, I always say all the movies – (Captain America:) Civil War is a standalone story," says the producer. "This is even more of a standalone story than that. This is about the characters, this is about their evolution as heroes, as their own internal family, as a group of characters known as the Guardians of the Galaxy. The way this film ends and the team at the end will inform future things, but there’s nothing that nods directly towards that."
Having set the stage in the cosmic universe for Guardians, Feige explains that other Marvel titles will also branch away from Earth to follow in their footsteps.
"Yeah, for sure. I don’t know about branching off from this, but certainly inhabiting similar areas from this. A lot of our upcoming movies will. The upcoming movies will be as much out here as they are on Earth, starting with Thor: Ragnarok. There are three scenes on Earth in Thor: Ragnarok. Everything else is Asgard and not any of these worlds, but worlds that certainly – let’s put it this way, in Thor lingo, it’s beyond the nine realms. There are other planets that we spend a lot of time on in Thor: Ragnarok that certainly people would say, ‘Oh, that’s sort of like a Guardians world.’ But they’re just other areas of the Marvel Cosmic Universe."