Fox deal or not, James Gunn has no plans to shake-up Guardians of the Galaxy roster

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Jan 15, 2018

The Guardians of the Galaxy have gone through some changes over the past few years in the pages of Marvel Comics, with a fluid roster that has featured characters controlled by Fox on the film side. With Disney working to purchase those big-screen assets, might we see some X-Men crossover to the cosmic side of the MCU?

Not likely, at least according to Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. While chatting it up with fans on Twitter, Gunn said he “wouldn’t find adding any of those characters interesting” when asked if recent additions such as Kitty Pryde (who led the team for a while), the Thing, and Flash Thompson’s Agent Venom could show up in future sequels. Gunn said he’s more interested in the team as it was envisioned by comic writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, who are responsible for creating the version of the team fans know and love on the big screen.

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Along with the X-Men and Fantastic Four alums, the Guardians of the comics have also featured several characters already in the MCU or on the way: Iron Man, Ant-Man, and Captain Marvel, most notably. So if Gunn was interested in adding to the team by way of more Earth-based heroes, the opportunity was already there. Gunn has done his best work playing with fresh characters (movie-wise) from the Marvel Comics universe, so it makes sense they wouldn’t mess with the formula now.

Besides, fans should get all the crossover action they could want in Avengers: Infinity War, which will find the Guardians teaming up with the Avengers to stop Thanos. Infinity War opens May 4. Guardians Vol. 3 is tentatively set for a 2020 release date.

What’s your take on Gunn’s comments? Would you like to see Kitty or Ben Grimm in space? Or should they stick with the more traditional lineup?