FilmDivider caught up with James Gunn on the eve of Guardians of the Galaxy's big release in theaters, and it seems the filmmaker is already looking forward to the future. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be in theaters July of 2017, and it sounds like Marvel already has a plan in place for this sequel.

According to James Gunn, we'll learn more about breakout character Drax the Destroyer, played by WWE Superstar Dave Bautista. We'll also get to explore Xandarian and Kree culture in a more details context. And, as he stated before, Star-Lord's daddy issues will be front and center.

"I know a lot of where I want to go. I have a lot of ideas for stories and characters that are going to appear, and there are documents written up, that some people have, about Peter Quill's father and his relationship, a lot of stuff about Yondu and a lot of stuff about Drax that nobody knows....There are a lot of things that are part of the overall schematic that already exist, not to mention a lot of stuff about all of the cultures. There's a lot of stuff about Xandarian and Kree culture that I've written down or I have in my head, as well as Krylorians and Ravagers."

He continued, explaining how important Karen Gillan's Nebula is to the sequel, and that if he disappeared tomorrow, the sequel could still move forward and most of his ideas would remain in play.

"Kevin Feige has stuff. I wrote up a lot. He knows all the stuff and if I died tomorrow they could go make a movie. They could write the story of Peter Quill's father and it would all be there. I think Yondu is a very important character, a really important character in this universe, and I think Nebula is really important too and so I think we'll see more of both of those characters."

What do you think? Does it sound like Guardians of the Galaxy 2 might even be better than the first?

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