Earlier this week, writer-director James Gunn revealed that the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 script is finished, which Chris Pratt said the next day brought tears to his eyes. Of course, neither the star or the filmmaker himself would reveal any concrete story details, but yesterday, James Gunn held a live Q&A session on Periscope, where he did shed some new light on the story, and his approach to the sequel. When asked about Chris Pratt shedding tears over the script, James Gunn had this to say.
"It's a very moving script. Listen, one of the main things with Guardians of the Galaxy is not to add a bunch of characters, not to make it bigger in that way but to go deeper with the characters. And yeah, there's going to be the big things we've come to expect from those big battles and action sequences and things like that, big colorful locations and beautiful set pieces, and wonderful designs by visual effects artists and all of us, but what really matters to me is going deeper into the characters and getting to know them more emotionally. And I think we have a story that's really, truly true for everyone and it just happens to be about aliens."
There has been plenty of speculation about what new characters the writer-director will bring in to the sequel, especially since he already confirmed that fans will know who Star-Lord's father truly is. In regard's to Star-Lord's dad, we know it won't be J'son, his father in the comics, but we don't know if it is already someone established from the first movie, or a popular character from the Marvel comics. The director confirmed that his sequel actually has less characters than last year's Guardians of the Galaxy, but one new character will be introduce.
"People ask for so many characters to be in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and they ask for so many actors who they want to be in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 but we actually have less characters in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 than we have in Guardians of the Galaxy 1 because everything is just getting too sprawling and too crazy for me in these superhero comic book movies. And also in superhero comics in general. There's just too many characters so you can't concentrate on one and really get to know that character, and I really want to get to know the characters that we know better, and yeah, we will be introducing a new character."
He also added that he didn't get any "help" with the first draft of his recently-completed script, but he did tease that there is one "big" character that he initially had in the script before cutting him/her out entirely, because the story was getting too "busy."
"I did not get any help with the first draft of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 other than I wrote a scriptment which I've been working on for nine months, and I wrote that very, very in-depth scriptment which is a 70-page combination of a script and a treatment and it goes through every beat of the movie, everything, and I've been going through that and showing that to [Marvel Studios Boss] Kevin [Feige] and getting feedback and seeing what worked and what didn't, what characters work, what didn't. I mean, people will be disappointed - at some point I'll release - but I had another big character in my original draft and it was just getting too busy. I took that character out. And it's a character I like a lot and hope to work with in the future but I just didn't have room for that person, that character."
The filmmaker seems to be hinting that this "big" character could be saved for the potential follow-up Guardians of the Galaxy 3, but we're several years away from knowing if that will even happen or not. Who do you think the one new Guardians of the Galaxy 2 character is? Chime in with your theories below.