With Asia already getting their fill of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 three weeks before a May 5 premiere in the United States, the MCU has surpassed the $11b box office mark. That achievement on behalf of Marvel and Disney puts them at the top of the tree in franchise terms, but focus has already shifted to the next venture.
Bringing back many of the beloved superheroes like Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Baby Groot and Rocket Raccoon, it is the growing influence of the female cast that is worth noting. According to the cast themselves, that is going to be an evolving feature for the sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
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Nebula's Karen Gillan was far from the most popular character in the action comedy and after revealing that she was almost killed off in the 2014 original, the actress explained to Screen Rant that there is a deeper backstory to be explored for Vol. 2 and 3.
"I mean, yeah, I feel like we are definitely going to explore more and more with Nebula," she said. "I mean, so, in the first movie she was this angry, bitter villain and we sort of understood why, but we didn't really get into the details. This movie we dive right into it and we know exactly why she is the way she is and I feel like she is definitely going to make some self discoveries through that. You know, she is having quite a cathartic experience with her sister in this movie and I think she is going to get to the point where maybe she'll get to the good side, but also I kind of want to maintain a little bit about the bad."
Pom Klementieff's Mantis on the other hand has a big soft spot for Drax and without delving into a stereotypical romance, the bond between the two is obvious.
"No. It's super cute and I think that James (Gunn director) is so good at that because he really created a friendship between a man and a woman and it's not, they are not going to have sex. They are not going to fall in love. It's much more interesting in staying platonic and cute, so I like it cause it's a bigger brother and a sister."
Gunn: Don't Get So Hung Up On "Spoilers"
If an important Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 detail has come past your way, don't take your complaint to the director. James Gunn does not buy into the trend of spoiler culture and used Facebook to express this opinion.
"I don't get very angry over this stuff for a few reasons," he wrote. "Firstly, there are bigger things in the world today to get angry about than some poor sap who has the need to spoil movies online. Secondly, I'm grateful not to BE that poor sap clambering for attention from the solitude of keyboard and screen by spoiling, which cannot be a particularly fulfilling venture for anyone."
Citing a report from Wired in 2011 that argued spoilers do not have as big an effect on movie enjoyment as is believed, Gunn is firmly on the side of freedom of information than careful censorship.
"There are studies that show spoilers don't really spoil anything. In a good story, our brains feel just as much pleasure whether or not we know the plot point ahead of time - and a new sort of pleasure emerges when we're piecing together the story we know is leading to some already-known element... Not only because spoilers don't matter, but because we've created a movie where the story, humor, visuals, music, and emotion don't rely on surprises even if they did, and that you'll have a blast whether or not you know a spoiler or two before going in."