With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 almost upon us and my tickets booked, there has been huge amount of media coverage on all things Guardians in the last 2 weeks. We already know the next time we will see the Guardians on film will be in Avengers: Infinity War, a flick that's been shooting for the past few months.
Normally with MCU movies up to this point, the amount of “in-universe” time that passes has been roughly the same as the real world (though let’s not even discuss Doctor Strange), but Marvel are already looking to change this up with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will be set a few months after the events of Captain America: Civil War. The purpose of this, to preserve as much high school time for Peter Parker as they can, rather than have him immediately leave high school, and go to college, which makes perfect sense given their approach to Spidey this time around.
However it looks like Spider-Man: Homecoming will not be the only film which deviates from the real world timeline.
Speaking with CinemaBlend, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige stated that four years’ time will have passed between Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the events of Infinity War. Now you’d imagine there must be a specific reason they want 4 years to have passed and not merely two years? Feige also said in the interview
“They will have evolved slightly, in some recognizable ways. But really they’ll be the Guardians and dealing with the sh*t storm they have to deal with.”
I don’t think that really gives us any insight into the reasoning for this, of course I say this having not yet seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, perhaps the reasoning will make more sense when we can reference the events of the movie?
However if I can go out on a limb, and this is just my personal opinion, I think the reasoning is quite simply Groot. I don’t think Infinity War is the place to have Baby Groot, I am sure they would rather have a grown up and physically imposing Groot for Infinity War and one of the simple way to do this is to have more time pass between the movies than does in the real world?
I could be wrong and there are other reasons for the change, maybe things will be clearer next week? Most importantly however, what do you think about this news, do you agree with my Groot theory or do have alternative theories to speculate on?
As always leave your comments below and we can chat some more about this.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017!
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