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James Gunn Opens Up About Writing Process and Story Changes

June 14, 2017

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While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is currently in theaters now, James Gunn is already busy writing and set to direct VOL. 3, which concludes the trilogy. Recently, he spoke at the World Building Panel at this year’s E3 and Gunn opened up about his writing process and a change he’s considering to make due to the story he wants to tell.

“I’m writing GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 and I finished the first draft of the treatment yesterday, which I’m excited about it and I feel really great about it. But there’s one little thing that I had in the first movie… Now, Marvel, MCU canon is crazy and I’ll get super geeky for two seconds. There’s the 616 universe which is the Marvel Comics Universe, which people get hung up on that canon, and then there’s the MCU, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has a separate canon which is inspired by but not exactly the same as the 616. I did something in the first movie of GUARDIANS where it was in the background but it was distinctly there, and people know that it’s there. And I’m like goddamit because I have a really good storytelling reason for breaking the canon, and I stayed up last night figuring out if I’m gonna do it or not. I still don’t know.”

He was pressed by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Gunn revealed details about the background of the first film.

“I’ll actually tell you. In the first movie there is the mugshot sequence where the characters go through and they’re going through the mugshots and having their picture taken and the Nova Corps has information about each of the characters coming up on their little machinery. Now, those things are something that your average viewer doesn’t see at all and doesn’t read, but there’s a lot of background I put into those things about who they’ve worked with, where they’re from, what’s going on. And it’s one of those things that I’m thinking about changing.”

That being said, there are a couple of different things detailed about the characters like their different augmentation, but it seems that only just a few things would keep Gunn up at night. What are those details? Gamora as “last survivor of the Zehoberei People”, Rocket’s origin on Halfworld and his association with Lyllla (both of which are from the Marvel comics), or potentially Groot’s original of X (a reference to his Planet X origin in the comics) and his association with an unknown Tibius Lark. We’ll have to wait and see till 2020 for that.

Gunn answers that question, beginning at the 2:13:35.

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