Fans of the comic version of Guardians of the Galaxy can abandon their theories about how the plot will turn out because director, James Gunn, has been teasing about the storyline and has made it clear that it won’t follow the comic story.
Gunn appeared on Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend and had the following to say:
“It’s not really based on anything. The story for Guardians 2 is an original story that I came up with that I started working on actually while I was shooting Guardians 1, and it’ll answer some of the questions that were put forth in the first movie about Peter Quill’s father and who he is and what’s going on with that. We’ll get to know some of the characters a little bit more and then we’re going to meet a couple of new characters who will be very important to Guardians movies and probably important to the Marvel Universe as a whole.”
Well, to be honest, I think that’s the best course of action. For the most part, Guardians of the Galaxy was relatively unknown to the majority of moviegoers before the film came out and they managed to make it a huge success based on the cinematic allure. If they were to go too purist on the audience now, they could risk losing them which, of course, would be tragic both for the franchise and financially.
He brought up Quill’s dad a couple times and has reiterated that, again, this story will not be based on the comics. It does seem, however, that the matter is still a bit undecided as of yet. In that same interview he said:
“It’s different than what’s in the comic books. Peter Quill’s father is somebody different in the comics. So then when the movie came out, we got green-lit on the sequel right away. I went in and I sat down with those guys and I’m like, ‘Okay, here’s what I think the sequel should be.’ And they were like, ‘Oh, whoa. That’s risky, but okay.’ Now I’m going to turn over the story in a few short weeks and we’ll find out how well it works.”
What do you think about him reinventing the story? I understand it in terms of wanting to please the film audience but it also risks alienating the comic fans who were looking forward to the original story being told.