James Gunn Talks Guardians of the Galaxy's Involvement in Avengers: Infinity War

After the announcement of all the new Marvel movies coming out between now and 2019 (read that article here), everyone has been wondering how the Guardians of the Galaxy fit into the larger universe. We know it's part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  However, director James Gunn has of late been hinting that we may not get to see that Avengers/Guardians crossover we've all come to expect.

Avengers: Infinity War Part One and Two will see the conclusion of the Infinity Gauntlet and Thanos storyline. Many have thought, including myself, that the introduction of Guardians of the Galaxy was a strategic move in order to set up the cosmic side of the Marvel universe in order to set up Infinity War. However, it seems that is not necessarily the case.

In a recent interview, Gunn said this:

“The last thing I said was something about how the Guardians, we really are mostly focused on creating the Guardians as their own separate universe, creating the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe. It isn’t all about leading towards Avengers. We’re not subservient to ‘The Avengers.’ Whether or not at some point, some Guardians and some Avengers meet up and meet somewhere in the world, whether it’s two years from now, three years from now, four years from now, fifteen years from now…I’m not going to say. But ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ does not exist as a prequel to ‘Avengers 3’ and ‘4.’They have their own thing that they’re involved in. They have their own mythos that they’re involved in. They have their own stories that are equally important.”

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This doesn't seem very surprising. I think there were definitely elements of set-up in Guardians, like any Marvel film. All the Marvel films have some elements of set-up; it's just a byproduct of being part of a cinematic universe. But Guardians was more than just a set-up: it developed it's own franchise. However, Guardians had not been the success it ended up being, I think Gunn would be saying something different. If it wasn't a success, I think Gunn would be saying that it was there to help set up Infinity War. But the money shows that people are not just interested in a set-up movie. They actually like the story and the characters. Therefore, Guardians has turned into its own thing, because people like it. 

What do you think? Did you like James Gunn's comments? Did you like Guardians of the Galaxy? Are you looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Avengers: Infinity War? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nate
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