James Gunn Has His Work Cut Out For Him With ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’
If you have not read the ‘Infinity War’ comic book arc or if you have not seen Marvel’s recently released super-blockbuster by the same name, turn back now — you have been warned. Still here? Good. Marvel Studios recently released the most ambitious blockbuster movie of all time with ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and the critical and commercial reception could not be better. The super-superhero movie is currently shattering box office records in every corner of the globe while fans and critics alike rave at the quality. Directed by the Russo Brothers, the film is uniquely dark and ambitious in its approach, and resolution, to the first half of the story. Despite the cliffhanger ending, the Marvel Universe must go on and this means that guys like writer/director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) have their work cut out for them.
Again, we warn you that if you have not seen ‘Infinity War’, you need to turn back now. Okay. Spoilers time. The first half of the two-part ‘Infinity War’ saga ends with half of all existence completely wiped away as if they were never there. With a snap of his fingers, the Mad Titan Thanos destroys what Marvel carefully took ten years to build. In doing so, Thanos also completely wrecks the Guardians of the Galaxy, of whom only Rocket Raccoon manages to survive. Peter Quill, as it turns out, is the downfall of his own team as his own reckless anger, incited by the revelation that Thanos had killed Gamora, leads Quill to abandon a carefully constructed plan to remove the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos’ hands. Quill and everyone he loves ends up dying as a result.
Well, dying isn’t the right word — this is a comic book movie, after all, so we know that many characters will be back. Picking up the pieces will be James Gunn, who recently revealed that all hands are on deck for filming ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’. The film will have to be set after the culmination of ‘Infinity War’ but a unique set of problems have presented themselves. How can Gunn balance the quirky humor that his stories are known by without completely handwaving away the utter devastation of ‘Infinity War’ and the loss of Gamora? Is the funniest superhero team in the galaxy due for a serious personality change?