‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Cast Discuss Future Of Franchise | Film News
Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker and Chris Sullivan sat down and opened up about the future for their Guardians of the Galaxy characters (Drax, Yondu and Taserface, respectively).
James Gunn, who directed the first two installments of the Guardians films, had confirmed his return for the third film in a Facebook post, stating that the franchise characters “have more adventures to go on and things to learn about themselves and the wonderful and sometimes terrifying universe we all inhabit.”
Bautista, whose emotionless and blunt character Drax won him laughs and fans, said he wanted to give fans a chance to learn more about Drax’s family. “I’m hoping they’ll tell a little bit more of his backstory, with his wife and his daughter, even though it’s a hard subject,” he shared.
“It’s a downer. I know they don’t want to take the Guardians too much in that direction. I think it would be really interesting if people could put the visual reference to his wife and his daughter. I’d love for the fans to be able to see them.”
Family is a big recurring theme in the Guardians of the Galaxy ‘verse, especially with the recently released second installment largely focused on main protagonist Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) reuniting with his father, so I wouldn’t rule that out!
Chris Sullivan, who debuted in the franchise as villain Taserface said he hoped for comic book-inspired escalation if [Spoilers!] Taserface survives Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. “I don’t know if the films are going to go this way, but in the comic books, Taserface becomes Overkill,” he said. “That would be pretty awesome, but ifs and buts … we’ll have to see.”
[Spoilers!] Rooker’s character Yondu also met his end in Vol. 2, but Michael Rooker earned laughs when he joked that he hoped Yondu would live beyond the third film, saying “I hope you’ll see my character in the fourth and fifth Guardians.”
Gunn had previously stated that the third installment would “conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond” but ten years and beyond is quite a bit of time to already be completely concrete about, isn’t it?
After all, the entire Guardians franchise had been a sleeper hit when it premiered August 2014 and has now become one of the most highly-anticipated kickoff movies for the summer season.
“People didn’t expect much from the first film. It so over performed. Now they expect us to over perform,” admitted Bautista. “On the first film all we really had to do was show everybody that we made a beautiful film and since it did so well, now people are expecting it. It’s a little bit of anxiety living up to that.”
Stressful as it may be for successful film franchises to keep trying for rave reviews, maybe there’s a bit more to the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy than everyone’s currently expecting. Who knows? Check out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in theatres near you now!
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