Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
One of the elements of Guardians of the Galaxy that helped it stand out from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was that it didn’t feel tied down by being tied to any continuity with regards to the movies that came before it. The only thing that tied the movie to the rest of the events in the MCU was the presence of Thanos and an Infinity Stone, but the events of previous movies did not have an impact on this movie, and the events of the movie didn’t impact the rest of the MCU, at least not yet. It sounds like that will be the case when the sequel arrives next summer.
Find out more about the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 connections to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the jump.
On Twitter, a fan asked Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn if “maintaining continuity” with the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever been a problem for him as a filmmaker. And this is what he had to say (via MovieWeb):
I’m so out in space unconnected at this point, outside of Thanos in Vol 1, I’ve never had to deal with even a single moment of continuity. https://t.co/uqgYryh6LO
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 6, 2016
As we pointed out, Guardians of the Galaxy never really had to take into account the events of the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe because they don’t have any interactions with the rest of the characters who have franchises in the MCU. And since Gunn says that he has never had to deal with that as an issue, that means we’re likely not going to see much of a direct connection to the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 either.
When you think about it, this actually makes sense. As Gunn says, they’re far out in space where the events happening back on Earth don’t matter. Hell, even the events that have happened on Asgard don’t appear to be an issue. However, that’s bound to change for the Guardians as we get closer to The Avengers: Infinity War. There’s a chance that the events of Thor: Ragnarok could have some kind of connection to Guardians, but Gunn has indicated that we won’t see Thanos, the final Infinity Stone or any Avengers in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
So the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise’s distance from the rest of the MCU seems to continue for the time being. There’s a chance that could change after the events of The Avengers: Infinity War, but after the Guardians of the Galaxy presumably team up with The Avengers, they could easily go back to their corner of space and not bother with Earth again for awhile.Cool Posts From Around the Web: