– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Comingsoon.net was able to get a fantastic interview with the director (current favorite) of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (James Gunn), and in this he explained why Thanos will not be a part of the film.

First of all, it’s about two sisters. It’s not about the sisters and their father. It’s about two sisters and what were the sisters’ problems with each other. And yeah, some of those things were caused by being raised by the ultimate abusive father. But it really isn’t about Thanos, and frankly I just wasn’t inspired to put him in the movie. I kind of go with my gut on these things and it just wasn’t what I wanted to do. It wasn’t the most fun part of the movie last time for me, and I just didn’t really want to do it this time. And again the relationship with Thanos has nothing to do with it. It’s not about their relationship with Thanos. It’s about their relationship to each other, and what is that. And that was interesting to me. And I thought that was important to our story, and that was important to our characters. What happened with them in the past. There’s a lot of stuff that happened in the past that affects our characters presently. Same thing with Rocket. Rocket’s past is very important to the present story, but it’s not about how it affects him, it’s about how it affects his relationship with the other Guardians.

In the Superbowl spot, we got to see Nebula in what appears to be Ravager gear, and all indications lead us to believe she will be a part of the Guardians. I dig this just a bit, as Nebula is quite the badass. However, this quote gives us some indication that her story will be integral to the movie. Further more, it appears that Thanos will not be present at all, not even for a 30 second cameo.

In all honesty, this is a wise choice, and could pay off in the long run; establishing greater character development for both Nebula and Gamora, and it will give Star-Lord a much greater role along the now eight known members of the Guardians.

This was a fun interview and Gunn has more to say. We get some information on Baby Groot as Gunn was asked if he considered a full grown Groot:

Totally, a hundred percent. I started out thinking of him as full grown, and I didn’t, you know, of having him grow up. Then all of a sudden I thought, that’s what you would think you would do, really, and I’m like really don’t have to stick with that. It could be Baby Groot, and Baby Groot is very different. He’s a unique little fella, and he’s pretty great in the movie even though he’s not even there. But all the time Chris is like, “God dammit, he’s gonna steal the f*cking movie.” And it’s nothing. It’s nothing there, but he’s funny even in the dailies we’re watching. And we got the guy on a stick, and people are laughing. There’s something really cool about him, and he’s funny in the movie. He’s a little jerk too. Yeah he can kick some ass. He’s also an idiot. He’s a baby. He’s not very smart. So, he’s stupid.

Gunn was also asked if Baby Groot was easier to work with than Groot:

Quite honestly, I’d say Baby Groot, but the reason for that is unknown. A lot of times on the first movie we were like “are we even putting Groot in this movie?” Because Shawn plays Rocket on set, and he’s so present as Rocket that you’re very aware of Rocket as a character. The guy playing Groot was a stand-in on the last movie and so he was there we just kind of always forgot he was there. He doesn’t talk very much, so you’re doing all these scenes and when we have the scenes in the movie where they turn to Groot and Groot’s like “why are you forgetting me?” That’s really what we felt like while we were shooting the first film. And I think also, the whole personality of Groot and who he was, it was there on the page and then you forget about it while you were shooting the first movie. But now everyone knows Groot so well that we have much larger awareness, me and the cast, of a Baby Groot being there at all times. And him being one of the members in the scene. So it’s been much easier from that respect, but I’m not sure if it’s because Baby Groot is – I’ll say, yeah, I think he’s a better-written character then the first Groot in some ways. Not that he was poorly written at all, but I think he’s just more complete character.

So much fun stuff here.

Are you exited about the developing relationship between Gamora and Nebula? Who Is god; Baby Groot, Groot, or the Groot Army left on Xandar?

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Source: Comingsoon.net


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.