People wait in line for hours, even days, to get inside Hall H, San Diego Comic-Con’s Mecca of giant panels and exclusive video presentations. Last year, I walked the entire line the night before a big day of events; it stretched almost a mile and a half along the San Diego waterfront.
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A couple of weeks back, directors James Gunn and Scott Derrickson hinted that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Doctor Strange will be making an appearance during Marvel’s panel at Comic-Con next month. In a new video from the set of the former, Gunn confirms those plans while officially wrapping production with Chris Pratt on the sequel.
It may be hard to believe, but Comic-Con is very, very close — next month, in fact. And that means that we’ll be hearing a lot more about this year’s panels and special presentations in the weeks to come. After sitting out last year’s con, Marvel is returning to San Diego in July and it looks like they’re bringing at least a couple of their upcoming superhero releases to Hall H.
James Gunn has said — repeatedly — that he has no plans to include any of the Avengers in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is happily operating in its own strange little corner of the MCU. But what about a former Avenger? Maybe one that wasn’t present for Civil War? If Gunn’s latest photo from the set of the Guardians sequel is to be believed, then we might be in for a very cool cameo.
As usual, James Gunn’s Facebook Q&A sessions yield some pretty interesting information, and while he tends to be a bit more open than others about his plans in the MCU, he doesn’t reveal anything too major. Still, Gunn’s latest Q&A confirms the two actors who won’t be returning for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, plus the two characters from Fantastic Four that he really wants to see join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
James Gunn is currently in production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, so when recently asked if he’d return to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3, the director seemed uncertain about whether he wants to stick with Marvel or move on to something else. Marvel hasn’t formally revealed any of its Phase 4 films, but we’ve all just assumed that another Guardians sequel is part of that plan — according to Kevin Feige, that assumption is correct.
James Gunn has made it clear that he’s no longer responding to rumors regarding Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, so don’t expect the director to confirm or deny the latest report, which may reveal the names of three new characters. Take it with the usual grain of salt, but given how wild and weird the Guardians corner of the Marvel universe is, these names all sound fairly plausible.
James Gunn isn’t sure if he wants to return for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but for the time being he’s focusing on the present — working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Marvel’s sequel will introduce us to Peter Quill’s long-lost father, teased in the first film with a vague hint about his space-dwelling parentage. Gunn remains tight-lipped about the character’s identity, but he has offered a new storyboard image for you to agonize over like a game of Marvel Pictionary.
James Gunn is currently filming massive superhero movie Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, which is probably the worst possible time to ask a director if he wants to come back and start filming another massive superhero movie. While rewarding, making movies on this scale is an exhausting task. It’s like asking someone in the middle of running a marathon if they’re ready to run another marathon. Let’s just get through this marathon first. But, as Gunn was taking part in a Q&A with fans on Facebook, someone naturally asked if he’s going to return to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and Gunn was honest that while Marvel wants him to return, he’s not so sure he wants to.
If you’re suffering from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fatigue, then these new photos from behind-the-scenes of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 are just what the doctor ordered. They don’t show us much, but if you’re a fan of Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, then you’ll be happy to see the actress back in her green skin on the set of James Gunn’s intergalactic superhero sequel.