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Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is just now hitting theaters, but director James Gunn has already confirmed he’ll be back to helm the third installment of the franchise.
In his Facebook post announcing his return “after many months of ruminations and discussions,” Gunn said the franchise characters “have more adventures to go on and things to learn about themselves and the wonderful and sometimes terrifying universe we all inhabit.”
But what will these adventures and lessons be?
At a screening of Guardians 2 in New York on Wednesday night, cast members Dave Bautista (Drax), Michael Rooker (Yondu) and Chris Sullivan (Taserface) all opened up about their hopes for their characters’ future storylines.
Bautista said he would like fans to learn more about Drax’s family and what happened to them.
“I’m hoping they’ll tell a little bit more of his backstory, with his wife and his daughter, even though it’s a hard subject,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s a downer. I know they don’t want to take the Guardians too much in that direction. I think it would be really interesting if people could put the visual reference to his wife and his daughter. I’d love for [the fans] to be able to see them.”
Sullivan, unrecognizable as Taserface but well-known for his role in NBC’s breakout hit This Is Us, said he hoped for comic book-inspired escalation if Taserface survives Guardians Vol. 2, he cautioned, not wanting to give anything away.
“I don’t know if the films are going to go this way, but in the comic books, Taserface becomes Overkill,” Sullivan said. “That would be pretty awesome, but ifs and buts … we’ll have to see.”
As for Rooker, he joked that he hoped Yondu would live beyond Guardians Vol. 3, saying “I hope you’ll see my character in the fourth and fifth Guardians.” Marvel so far hasn’t revealed any plans for Guardians films beyond Vol. 3, and Gunn said the next installment will “conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next 10 years and beyond.”
The Guardians franchise has already come a long way, going from a sleeper hit when the first film was released in August 2014 to the highly anticipated kickoff of summer movie season this year. Bautista said it was both “great” and “overwhelming” to be part of such a hot project.
“People didn’t expect much from the first film. It so overperformed. Now they expect us to overperform,” he told a group of reporters. “On the first film all we really had to do was show everybody that we made a beautiful film and since it did so well, now people are expecting it. It’s a little bit of anxiety living up to that. At the end of the day, I really believe in this film, so I think people will come out and see it and hopefully be happy with it. I love it. I think it’s better than the first one.”
Zoe Saldana was also in attendance at the screening hosted by The Cinema Society with Men’s Fitness and Remy Martin. Other stars making the scene at the Whitby Hotel in Midtown Manhattan included J.J. Abrams, Andrew Rannells, Jeff Garlin, Ralph Macchio, Scott Adsit, Gina Gershon, Dan Abrams, Corey Stoll, Paul Haggis, Jess Weixler and Nikki M. James.
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