Guardians of the Galaxy is weird.
It’s a weird movie, that’s the point. You’ve got a talking tree and a raccoon who seems to derive sexual pleasure from holding a big gun.
It’s a Star Wars knock-off that’s held together with dated pop songs, with a chubby comedian cosplaying as a sexy leading man.
And yet, it works.
It all works really well, in fact, to the point that the movie’s sequel is one of the most anticipated movies of the year.
The problem with success like that, though, is that there’s no way to live up to the hype. Guardians the First blew people away because it was so fresh and original and, well, weird.
But now, people’s guards are up. We’ll all be going into Vol 2 expecting zany cartoon space nonsense, so we’ll be a lot harder to surprise.
Fortunately, from the sounds of things, James Gunn likes a challenge:
“The first movie was successful because we took chances and gave people the unexpected. This movie can only really be what it is, Guardians can only be what they are, if they’re taking a risk. It means giving them a much different movie.”
This level of risk is difficult ground to tread—stay too safe, and the movie will ultimately feel boring and pedestrian.
Go too nuts, and audiences will be put off by the whole experience.
By all accounts, though, Gunn isn’t resting on his laurels. After all, we know that there’ll be a bunch of new quirky characters, not least the telepathic Mantis, and of course, Ego the Living Planet.
If you’ve got Ego the Living Planet in your movie, there’s not much more nonsense you can possibly jam in.
But if, for whatever reason, James Gunn is looking for a last-minute addition that will make Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 just that little bit more ridiculous, here’s hoping the director remembers that there exists in the Marvel universe an alien horse with the powers of Thor.
Quick, James Gunn! Jam Beta Ray Bill into your movie before Taika Waititi gets his hands on the idea!
See, because that’s the other problem—Guardians is coming out in the same year as Thor: Ragnarok, another Marvel space comedy.
Two in one year might end up proving to be over-saturation, in which case both movies will suffer. For the sake of the MCU as a whole, here’s hoping that Waititi and Gunn have been swapping notes to make sure they don’t end up tackling the same intergalactic subject matter from different angles.
Although, maybe that’s the point.
Maybe we shouldn’t rule out the possibility that Hulk of Sakaar will pop up at least once in Guardians, if only to tease Ragnarok.
Marvel have shoehorned in worse sequel teases in the past.