Are the stories of Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Coopers) and Groot (Vin Diesel) about to come to an end? According to director James Gunn, the main arc of the current team will come to an end in the third movie. But will a new team emerge in Guardians of the Galaxy 4?
The Future of the Guardians
Like Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, the current version of the Guardians of the Galaxy have to eventually step down and let other characters take over for the story to move forward.
For Pratt’s gang of misfits, it will happen in Guardians of the Galaxy 4. Earlier this month, after confirming that he will write and direct the third installment to the space action-adventure, Gunn warned that the current story arc that follows Star-Lord and his galaxy-saving team will wrap up soon.
Weeks before the movie finally opens in the U.S., he revealed Marvel’s plans for the Guardians after Avengers: Infinity War.
“I think the first three movies tell a single story and that story is pretty simple,” Gunn explained. “I think that there could be a Guardians Vol. 4, but it would not be the same. It would not be the same group… basically the story of this group ends with Vol. 3.”
The first movie not only introduced the galaxy’s newest heroes but also revealed their character motivations. Peter Quill was abducted from Earth when he was young and, in the second movie, he will finally meet his father. Drax wants to take revenge after Ronan, acting on the orders of Thanos, killed his family. Gamora and Rocket were both former bad guys who are on the mend. Since their lives have intersected thanks to the Space Stone, their characters have grown and now, they consider each other a family.
A New Guardians Rises
But that does not mean that the Guardians are over. Like the Avengers, there have been plenty of iterations of the team in the comics. The upcoming movie will even introduce the original team to the movie-going audience.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will feature Sylvester Stallone as Stakar, also known as Starhawk. Also in the movie are Yondu (Michael Rooker), Aleta Ogord (Michelle Yeoh), Charlie-27 (Ving Rhames), Krugarr (a CG character) and Mainframe (Miley Cyrus).
Gunn is not sure if the original crew will eventually replace Star-Lord and friends in Guardians of the Galaxy 4. However, he revealed that Marvel has big plans for the new movie characters, especially for Stallone’s Stakar.
“[I]t’s our plan to see more of Stallone,” he stated. “Kevin (Feige) and I are working on what is going to become of the Marvel Cosmic Universe and where it’s going to go. We plan to see the rest of them in the future.”
Is Chris Pratt Ready To Say Good Bye To Star-Lord?
Meanwhile, while Gunn and Marvel are already talking about the future of the franchise beyond Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Pratt does not seem ready to end Star-Lord’s adventure yet.
When asked about his future in the MCU, the actor said that he will continue to work with the studio even after his contract has expired. The 37-year-old joked that even if they write him out, he will show up on the set. “They don’t get to shake me,” he warned.
After Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Pratt is still set to appear in Avengers: Infinity War, the till-untitled Avengers 4 and Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Because of Marvel’s connected cinematic universe, it also will not be surprising if he shows up in other movies as well.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will open on May 5.