Yesterday reports ran rampant that James Gunn is already signed, sealed and delivered to write and direct a sequel to the yet-to-be-released Guardians of the Galaxy. While that's a near certainty, it isn't official just yet, but Gunn's already got an idea of where it'll go.
The news that Gunn is set to direct the sequel came from an interview with Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter Nicole Perlman in which she told The Wrap that the early and very positive response to the film has helped Marvel make the decision to move ahead with a sequel.
While there is no doubt that the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, which many felt was a huge risk for Marvel, will lead to a sequel, other reports are erring on the side of caution, noting that Gunn and Marvel haven't made it official just yet. Regardless, we've heard Gunn, who has said he'd also like to make a Thunderbolts film, will be man for the sequel and it's going to happen. Gunn even appears to have quite a bit of material ready for the film. In an interview with Film Divider, Gunn gives us a glimpse into a possible sequel:
I know a lot of where I want to go. I have a lot of ideas for stories and characters that are going to appear, and there are documents written up, that some people have, about Peter Quill’s father and his relationship, a lot of stuff about Yondu and a lot of stuff about Drax that nobody knows.Gunn went on to further explain his ideas:
Kevin Feige has stuff. I wrote up a lot. He knows all the stuff and if I died tomorrow they could go make a movie. They could write the story of Peter Quill’s father and it would all be there. I think Yondu is a very important character, a really important character in this universe, and I think Nebula is really important too and so I think we’ll see more of both of those characters.Gunn's also commented that he's keen to add a few new characters to his next film, but from his comments it seems that the next film could be exploring the relationship between the Star-Lord and his father, J'son. J'son is the emperor of the Spartoi people and kind of an intergalactic asshat. It makes sense that J'son would take interest in his son's affairs following the events of the first film, so it'll be interesting to see what Gunn does with that dynamic.
Marvel could announce a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel as early as this evening during their Hall H presentation at Comic-Con or they could wait a while, but either way we'll see a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel sometime in the next 3-4 years! What other Cosmic folks would you like to see join the ranks?
While you're here, check out the B-Roll footage released by Marvel. It may contain some spoilery-bits, but it is worth a watch if you've got 10 minutes or so to kill.