So Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is out now and people are flocking to the newest Marvel instalment and loving it; particularly the adorable antics of Baby Groot. As with the first film, we are promised at the end of Vol 2 that the Guardians will return – and it’s already been announced that they will indeed return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. However, fortunately we will see more of this delightful bunch of adorable galactic misfits before Vol. 3 in the upcoming third Avengers film, Infinity War.
The extent to how much the Guardians will be included in this Avengers film has largely been kept under wraps until fairly recently. Although still not saying much, Chris Pratt did give us some detail as to the Gaurdians’ involvement in an interview with Nerdist, saying:
“Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was a Guardians movie. Infinity War is an Avengers movie…We definitely will have a strong presence, but we are playing supporting cast – you know what I mean? We’re there to help them tell an awesome Infinity War story.”
To some this may initially come as a disappointment. Yet it does make sense and, more importantly, this is a wise move on Marvel’s part. As I explained in my Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 review recently, Marvel have been criticised in the past of overstuffing their films with too many characters. While it’s a joy to see so many beloved characters and to see the whole MCU all coming together, it nevertheless can have a detrimental effect on the narrative and focus of the film, perhaps making the whole movie weaker as a whole. This is the mistake they made in Avengers: Age of Ultron and the mistake they rectified in Captain America: Civil War.
As with the latter it’s possible that the Guardians will be supporting characters in Infinity War in the same way that Iron Man was a supporting character in Civil War, particularly since he does stress that they still have a strong presence, they won’t just be a cameo – so don’t worry just yet, it’s still possible we’ll see lots of the Guardians before their third individual instalment.