When Iron Man premiered in 2008, no one could have predicted the force that the Marvel Cinematic Universe would become. The superhero film was the first of dozens which would spawn Marvel Studios, and the box-office continues to milk its superhero films for all their worth. Still, maintaining such an elaborate cinematic vision is in no way easy for executives and directors.
But, according to the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, continuity is something he has never had to deal with.
In a recent Twitter spree, James Gunn took to answering fans' questions about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It was there that the director commented on the film's continuity within the MCU - and it is apparently nonexistent.
"I'm so out in space unconnected at this point, outside of Thanos in Vol 1," he wrote. "I've never had to deal with even a single moment of continuity."
Of course, there are some threads of continuity scattered about the Guardians films. While they may not make reference to Earthly heroes like Iron Man and Captain America, the Guardians do have to contend with intergalactic affairs like Thanos. The first film heavily focused on the villain as he came in conflict with Ronan, and it ended with the Mad Titan preparing to gather all of the universe's Infinity Stones.
When Avengers: Infinity War rolls around, it looks like Gunn's projects will finally have their continuity align with the overall MCU much like how Doctor Strange will. The latter, whose film was directed by Scott Derrickson, introduced fans to the idea of the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse - and the sorcerer supreme will no doubt be part of the Avengers fight against Thanos.
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 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).
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
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 5, 2017.