James Gunn Against Resurrection Of Characters And I Agree

James Gunn is against resurrection of characters in stories. This conversation was one had by Gunn with fans on social media. Of course, Gunn is no stranger to killing off characters. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Yondu was killed saving Peter. According to Gunn, and I agree, to bring back a character like Yondu is wrong, once you have milked that death scene.

Sure, there is a difference between assuming Nebula is dead, and her showing back, and Yondu somehow coming back. That is the key difference Gunn is talking about here and it is hard to argue with him. Check out Gunn’s comments below.

There are a few exceptions to this rule depending on the story. Fantasy is one genre where resurrections are a bit more expected. Equally though, resurrections are often over done in this genre. Just because Tolkien had a perfectly reasonable logic behind the resurrection of Gandalf, does not mean it should be copied. Equally, George Martin has dealt with resurrection in his own fantasy series, but done completely differently.

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Then we have examples of shows and movies where resurrections are there just to service the plot. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker anyone? I’ve always compared Palpatine’s return of the dead to Tolkien. Try to imagine another author writing a sequel to The Lord of the Rings. What if that writer simply brought Sauron back because they needed a bad guy? The whole point of those previous stories would be ignored, simply to make more money. That’s what Lucasfilm did with Rise of Skywalker.

Gunn also talks a little about what directives he was given by Marvel for Guardians 1. Additionally Gunn spoke about how he did not decide to kill Gamora in Infinity War, but he was consulted on the decision. Actually, Gunn says that his favorite scene in Infinity War is the death of the character he helped craft for the MCU.

James Gunn is against resurrection of characters, as am I. Do you feel the same way? What good and bad examples can you find of this practice? As always leave your thoughts below if you can.

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Campbell Clark

Cam is Senior Editor at LRM Online, and has a passion for all things geeky, including sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book movies.

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