It’s all connected. Mostly, at least. Kinda mostly.
That’s honestly one of the bigger draws to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, isn’t it? Back when it was first launched, there was a real novelty about each film either leading into the next, or about the potential for another character to show up down the line. Of course, it helped that the movies in and of themselves were solid, heartfelt stories that drew audiences in on a personal level. Without that engagement, nothing matters really.
Though as the films start closing in on Avengers movies, audiences inevitably feel like each of the movies leading up to it should somehow point to the coming team-up flick. After all, each Avengers film is something of a culmination of everything that came before it. With that in mind, is that something we can expect out of this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? It’s not unreasonable to expect as such, considering the threat of Thanos is connected to two of our Guardians.
Speaking with Cinema Blend, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige discussed whether or not audiences could expect Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to lead into Thanos’ big arrival in Avengers: Infinity War.
“I always say, all the movies, Civil War is a standalone story about that, but that fit into [the MCU]. 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 the group, a group of characters known as the Guardians of the Galaxy. You know, the way this film ends, and the team at the end, will inform future things, but there's nothing that nods directly towards it.”
For better or worse, that’s relatively par for the course for Marvel Studios films. While they do connect on some level, the tissue holding the films together tend to be rather weak. More than you’d expect, audiences are left to infer their own ideas about how each movie connects to another, leading to a mildly unsatisfying feeling — though on the whole, that approach also tends to make each of the films more fulfilling on an individual level.
What do you think of Feige’s comments? Do you wish they’d make more of an effort to connect the movies, or do you prefer that they plan on a movie-by-movie basis for a good portion of their standalones? Let us know in the comments down below!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017!
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