Posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Dave Bautista hasn’t said much about Drax going forward. This on-set quote is pretty typical of his willingness to divulge info:
We joked around about new tattoos that Drax might come up with, stuff like that but we never really talked about going forward. It’s one of those things where you don’t say anything because you don’t want to assume and also don’t want to jinx yourself. It’s still a big mystery, I mean, we feel confident about and I think everyone who comes out of the theater and sees it feels confident on it but it’s still an unknown, it’s still a gamble.
If we’re going to learn a lot more about Drax, as Gunn promises, Moondragon might be a key player.
Moondragon offers Marvel a good reason to introduce another very powerful and interesting female character. (And one who probably won’t be as scantily clad onscreen as she often is in comics.) Moondragon could significantly upset Drax’s psychological profile, as his reason for existence changes if his daughter is alive. Drax’s history has already been altered on film from its comics origin, but there’s still room to write Moondragon into the story. She’s also a portal to more info about the origins of Thanos, because she has a unique history on Thanos’ home of Titan.
Peter Quill’s Father
The identity of Quill’s father may or may not be a big deal to us when revealed. (OK, let’s face it, it’ll probably be important to us.) Either way, however, it’ll be a big deal to Quill. Any scrap of info the guy can get about his dad is likely to send him off on a hunt for the man himself, and that could be a prime plot motivator for the sequel.
Concept art for the first Guardians reveals that Marvel had started to design Spartax, the home of Quill’s father Jason. (Or J’son, depending on which story you’re reading.) Those scenes were cut from Guardians early in the scripting process, and Peter’s origin is rather different on film than it is in the comics. The Spartax concepts were also seemingly tweaked into designs for Xandar, which means the art we see now probably won’t be carried forward into concepts for the Spartoi homeworld. But we know Marvel is thinking about Quill’s pop.
Kevin Feige told IGN that Quill’s father is “pretty important,” going on to say:
“I think that would certainly be part of a next Guardians adventure. Certainly, that would be part of it.”
Feige also explicitly said that stories about Quill and his parentage would not show up in other films between now and July 2017. Those “would wait for the next Guardians adventure,” he said, adding “I think that’s pretty important for James [Gunn] and would be appropriate in a [Guardians movie]. I don’t think you’d spoil that in Cap 3.”
And James Gunn has now said that Quill’s father is “definitely not the character who it is in the comics,” which rules out one guy and opens up an infinite array of additional possibilities. Gunn has also said only three people other than himself know who Star-Lord’s father is: Kevin Feige, Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn.
James Gunn said just before Guardians opened, “I think Yondu is a very important character, a really important character in this universe, and I think Nebula is really important, too, and so I think we’ll see more of both of those characters.”
The key point is that Yondu is well-woven into the story of Quill’s father and his youth. So exploring the story of Quill’s parents will almost certainly necessitate going into some detail about Yondu, and exploring the blue-skinned Ravager’s role as Quill’s surrogate father. Yondu has been a Guardian in the comics, so could we see their early relationship reverse, and find Quill essentially mentoring Yondu?
Regardless, we’ll definitely see Yondu playing into the story of Quill’s father. James Gunn explained, “That’s been part of the plan since the beginning, that’s something I had to work out before we shot the screenplay. We wanted to make sure Yondu’s place in everything made sense and it does, so it’s all very specific stuff.”
Sean Gunn, meanwhile, who played both the mo-cap parts for Rocket and also the Ravager Kraglin, joked,
My friend Simon, my brother James’s assistant, he keeps texting me jokes like, “We’ve already decided on the opening of the second movie, it’ll be Kraglin’s face, then we’ll pull back to see its his head on a stick!” [laughs] Yondu would kill me before the second movie even starts.
See the quote above for Gunn’s assertion that Nebula will return:
“I think Nebula is really important, too, and so I think we’ll see more of both of those characters.”
Speaking again to IGN, Kevin Feige said something really interesting:
I would say any character that doesn’t overtly perish is certainly fair game to come back. If people know the comic lore, Nebula has a lot of varying different roles to play over the course of a lot of different titles in the comics. We have somebody like Karen, and you have a look that is so weird and so great. I think that’s something we’d all like to see again.
That particular quote about having different roles to play in different comics titles reads like a coded statement that Nebula could be the character that ends up appearing in other Marvel titles before the next Guardians film. Ant-Man and Age of Ultron don’t seem like prime places, unless Nebula pops up in a post-credits scene in Age of Ultron. But what about Doctor Strange? Could Nebula factor into Strange’s journeys into other dimensions? Knowing that his “magic” is likely to have a scientific basis contributes a shade of possibility to the idea.
And since Doctor Strange and Nebula are both important parts of the Infinity Gauntlet story as it appeared in comics pages, we’ll continue to wonder if they’ll play similar roles on film.
At Comic Con, Feige told me that Thanos is shown in Guardians in order to establish the character as someone along the lines of the Emperor in Star Wars, and we know that he is not in Age of Ultron. But Guardians establishes the Infinity Gems as a specific plot device, and we know that Thanos is likely bent on gathering all the Gems to consolidate his own power. (And he’ll have to grab them, or have lackeys do that work, since right now he has zero gems in his possession. I doubt Thanos is all that worried about such a thing. It certainly wasn’t a problem for him when he needed to gather them in the Thanos Quest storyline, but they were also mostly held by different characters.)
Talking to IGN about Thanos, Kevin Feige waffled a bit on what can be shown, noting “anything I say would be a spoiler, frankly, on that.” Feige did say “But the fun of our universe is that the characters can pop up in multiple franchises, so… perhaps.”
One place that Guardians skimps a bit on the character front is the establishment of the relationship between Nebula, Gamora, and Thanos. We’re told a few big things, but don’t see very much. With Nebula promised as a participant in the sequel and teased as a possible inclusion in other Marvel films, expect to see more of this relationship defined and explored. And that leads to…