Oh, would you look at that—more crossover talk! Earlier this month, director James Gunn made some comments about a potential crossover between Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, which led many to believe we’d never get to see witty banter between Rocket Raccoon and Iron Man, and the two franchises would coexist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but never really acknowledge each other.
It seems that may not be what Gunn was trying to say at all. The GOTG director took to Facebook last week to clear up the confusion and assure fans there is a chance the heroes will interact—but by the sound of it, the interaction won’t happen anytime soon.
“All I’ve ever tried to say was the Guardians are an important part of the MCU, and they definitely share an existence with the Avengers and other characters in the MCU,” wrote Gunn, who revealed he had a meeting with Marvel execs shortly after the film opened to discuss next steps. “We had a long discussion about where the Guardians were headed and what was happening to them. I told them exactly what I wanted to do with the sequel to Guardians, and everyone was on board and excited. And, regarding the bigger picture, we all agreed on one thing, and that was to keep huge chunks of the Guardians separate from the Marvel heroes of earth, because they have a whole galaxy to explore.”
Gunn went on to say that he hopes to build an entire world around the Guardians, similar to the one built around the Avengers, even though they all exist in the same universe—rather than turn the Guardians into an Avengers’ byproduct. “We wanted to make sure they have their own mythos, as opposed to only one that is intertwined with earthbound characters,” he explained. “They are connected, of course, but that connection would not be the purpose of their stories and fictional lives.”
Regarding the future of the upcoming two-partner Avengers: Infinity War and other sequels, Gunn said nothing has yet been definitely decided, and more players are involved than just him. Ultimately, we will have to wait and see.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will reach theaters May 5, 2017.