With the home-entertainment release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 incoming, director James Gunn has been out doing the press rounds for the Marvel blockbuster, and naturally the subject of the third instalment reared its head, with Gunn providing an update on the script, as well as talking about his plans for Adam Warlock.
“It’s been pretty easy,” said Gunn when asked by Collider about the scripting process for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. “The truth is, the first movie is the first act, the second movie is the second act, and the third movie is the third act so I’m tying a lot of stuff together in the third film. We get a lot of answers on a lot of different things, so doing that in an elegant way takes a little bit of grace and elegance. It’s more challenging in that respect writing the third movie than the second movie. I do an incredibly in-depth treatment for every movie. I think of writing a screenplay as creating the body of a human being and you’ve got to start with the skeleton, start with the bones, and you create the bones. You take a lot of time because that’s the actual base of the movie and if you screw that part up, later on down the line, you’re going to have a lot of mistakes. So by creating a really strong foundation for the story, that’s the most important thing. So I write a good treatment that’s probably about 70 pages long. It includes photographs and things like that. So that has been the way I’ve dealt with every movie and this one as well.”
Meanwhile, in an interview with IGN, Gunn discusses the impending introduction of Adam Warlock, who was teased during on of Vol. 2’s many post-credit scenes:
“It was in the original draft [for Vol. 2] — in the original treatment, before it even became a screenplay — Adam Warlock was a major character,” said Gunn. “And the screenplay was just too busy, there were too many characters. And I couldn’t do Nebula justice and Adam Warlock justice and have them both in there so I decided to save Adam for another day… Where Adam Warlock was in the treatment that I created [for Vol. 2] may not be exactly the same as Adam Warlock is [in Vol. 3] because part of what a character is comes from the story they’re serving and Vol. 2 is told. That story’s done so it’s where Adam’s gonna be next, which is sometime after the next two Avengers movies.”
Gunn was also asked about Matthew McConaughey passing on a role in the Guardians sequel in favour of The Dark Tower, and whether he was up for Adam Warlock: “No, I mean, listen, I think McConaughey would be too old for the role of Adam Warlock. I get a lot of — Adam Warlock is basically a baby because he’s just being born,” replied Gunn. “So I get a lot of people giving me ideas for Adam Warlock online. I’m like, ‘That guy’s 65-years-old! How can you have him be Adam Warlock? He’s a baby!’ I got David Bowie all the time before David passed.”
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 sees director James Gunn reuniting with returning cast members Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Vin Diesel (Groot), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Michael Rooker (Yondu), Glenn Close (Nova Prime), Sean Gunn (Kraglin) and Laura Haddock (Meredith Quill) alongside new additions Pom Klementieff (Oldboy) as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as Ayesha, Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight) as Ego the Living Planet, Chris Sullivan (The Drop) as Taserface, Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy) as Tullk and Sylvester Stallone (Creed) as Stakar.