After the well-deserved fallout regarding the lack of female Avengers and Star Wars toys, James Gunn is taking no chances with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Disney has gotten a lot of flak over the past couple of years for not producing a whole lot of toys and action figures based on Marvel's Black Widow and Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Rey, despite the fact that both are major characters in their respective franchises. With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 featuring no less that four major female roles -- in addition to Zoe Saldana's Gamora and Karen Gillan's Nebula, there's also Pom Klementieff's Mantis and Elizabeth Debicki's mystery role (rumored to be lead villain Ayesha) -- writer/director Gunn has taken a stand:
Gunn also emphasized this point on Facebook, saying that he was "making sure this time around the female characters are more represented in the toy world. Not only Gamora, but Mantis, Nebula, and Elizabeth Debicki's character as well."
Good for Gunn, and good for the little girls around the world who would like to get toys based on their favorite Guardians characters (and yes, guys, don't be afraid, you can play with them, too).
There has been unconfirmed speculation that one of the major roadblocks to female Marvel toys was company CEO Ike Perlmutter, but now that he's no longer involved with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it will be interesting to see if the highly anticipated Guardians sequel will be the first Marvel movie to benefit from a more progressive outlook on merchandise. What do you think of Gunn's stance on the subject?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens on May 5, 2017.
(via Comic Book Resources)