– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

This year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, while a fun romp through space, it did have a good deal of heart, and that was highlighted when Star-Lord lost his father figure, Yondu. It was a death that didn’t come easily for writer-director James Gunn, and given that he works so frequently with actor Michael Rooker, we can only imagine his desire to bring the character back in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Gunn took to Facebook to address this very idea, and if you thought he may bring Yondu back to life, you’d be wrong. But that’s not to say the character couldn’t return in some form:

“Although it is always possible to see Yondu in flashback or prequel, I personally will never bring him back to life in present time because it would nullify his sacrifice and the love from father to son that affects me so much personally as well as others all around the world. One of the reasons that Yondu is the most popular character from the second film is BECAUSE of this sacrifice, and the idea of bringing him back in Vol. 3 or 4 or on the Yondu Netflix series because he sells a lot of Funko Pops horrifies and sickens me. Like I said, I hate it. And I’ll never do it.”

So there you have it. One of the few deaths to actually make it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is likely to remain firmly set in place. This is definitely a relief from a narrative standpoint, as you can only pull the “I’m not really dead” trick so many times. Plus, they cremated him!

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SOURCE: James Gunn

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.