In one of the coolest moves from the extremely cool James Gunn, the filmmaker recently spent approximately half an hour answering impromptu fan questions on the new video app Periscope. So, what’d we learn?
Not surprisingly, a whole lot ... though, admittedly, nothing too spoilery about the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2. But Gunn did reveal that Karen Gillan’s (Doctor Who) Nebula will apparently be back for the sequel, though Lee Pace’s baddie, Ronan, is not scheduled for a return trip (“Ronan is a bad guy, we killed him”). In the comics, Ronan is a recurring piece of the intergalactic puzzle, but Gunn is quick to remind fans, “Not everything is going to happen in the movies the same as the comics.” Fair enough.
As for how Gunn can answer these fairly specific questions about the sequel? He noted he is "very, very far along" on the script and has completed approximately 70 pages. Work on the screenplay is actually set to kick off this week, and he’s currently in a slate of meetings with the Marvel braintrust about fleshing out his plans for the sequel. Shooting is currently scheduled to begin in February 2016.
On a more random note, Gunn was also asked about the massive fame that has followed his Guardians star Chris Pratt in the time since the film opened. The actor is already starring in the upcoming Jurassic World, and he's rumored for just about every other film in development at the moment. In regard to those pending Indiana Jones rumblings, Gunn admitted it’d be awesome but said that to him the reports seemed like “complete bullsh-t.” Take that for what it’s worth, but for all we know, Gunn could just be trolling us.
If you’re unfamiliar, Periscope is a nifty new live video streaming service from Twitter that allows viewers to interact with the person broadcasting. We actually used it a bit this weekend at WonderCon. Much as Twitter has already done in many ways, it looks like Periscope could be the next fun thing to connect fans to filmmakers. So yeah, something to keep an eye on, folks.
Now, James — get back to work on Guardians of the Galaxy 2, please. Thanks!