'Guardians of the Galaxy': Who's Out and Who Might Be In

'Guardians of the Galaxy': Who's Out and Who Might Be In

Apr 20, 2016

James Gunn

In 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy was a big gamble, extending the Marvel cinematic universe into far distant worlds and introducing a new team of heroes, led by Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana. Director James Gunn fashioned an appealing comic adventure that made us eager to see more. The movie made more than $773 million at the box office worldwide, guaranteeing that a sequel would be forthcoming.

After a series of teases, Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 2 is now in production, featuring the return of Pratt, Saldana and Dave Bautista, as well as the vocal talents of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. We know that Kurt Russell has joined the cast as the father of Star-Lord (Pratt) and Pom Klementieff as Mantis (see a set photo from James Gunn below). But what other characters will be showing up in future installments?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Gunn recently hosted a session on Facebook and, via Screen Crush, he confirmed a report that The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) will not be appearing in the sequel and neither will Corpsman Dey (John C. Reilly). Of even greater interest, however, is that Gunn is already thinking about future installments in the series.

Fantastic Four

Gunn first referred to Ben Grimm, aka The Thing, a member of the Fantastic Four in the movies but a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy in current Marvel comic books: "I probably wouldn’t add Ben Grimm to the Guardians team even if they were a part of the [Marvel cinematic universe]. And of course I would love the [Fantastic Four] to be a part of the [Marvel cinematic universe]."

Next, Gunn talked about the characters he would love to include in the series: "Fox owns so many great villains and cosmic characters I would love to play around with including Annihilus -- and I think they own Kang."

Annihilus / Kang

Annihilus (above, left) is a winged creature with superhuman strength and durability who can survive in outer space for up to a year. If he dies, he can spawn clones that retain his memories. Meanwhile, Kang (above, right) is an expert time traveler and manipulator of time, as well as a combat veteran and an expert strategist. Obviously, they are both characters who would have a profound impact on any storyline that might be developed in the sequels.

Gunn is not confirmed for any other Marvel movies, though Marvel has indicated its desire to produce another Guardians of the Galaxy installment in its so-called fourth phase. For now, we can anticipate Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is scheduled to zoom into theaters on May 5, 2017.

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