James Gunn on Marvel's response to his Guardians sequel pitch: 'That's risky’

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Feb 9, 2015, 2:20 PM EST (Updated)

Marvel took a big risk and gave James Gunn a whole lot of leeway to make Guardians of the Galaxy, and the studio wound up with one of the biggest movies of the year. Here’s what he’s cooking up next.

Gunn was a guest on the Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend podcast, and had a lot to say about his plans for the followup. First up: He’s turning in his first draft of the story to Marvel in just a few weeks, and the plot is an original story he conceived — meaning it is apparently not based on any existing comic arc.

The storyline will follow some of the threads Gunn planted in the original film, and he said he hopes to pay off the big questions surrounding exactly who is Peter Quill’s father. Comic fans know that question isn’t historically much of a mystery, but Gunn says he wants to do something very different for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and studio execs have already called the pitch “risky”):

“It’s not really based on anything. The story for Guardians 2 is an original story that I came up with that I started working on actually while I was shooting Guardians 1, and it’ll answer some of the questions that were put forth in the first movie about Peter Quill’s father and who he is and what’s going on with that. We’ll get to know some of the characters a little bit more and then we’re going to meet a couple of new characters who will be very important to Guardians movies and probably important to the Marvel Universe as a whole.

It’s different than what’s in the comic books. Peter Quill’s father is somebody different in the comics. So then when the movie came out, we got green-lit on the sequel right away. I went in and I sat down with those guys and I’m like, ‘Okay, here’s what I think the sequel should be.’ And they were like, ‘Oh, whoa. That’s risky, but okay.’ Now I’m going to turn over the story in a few short weeks and we’ll find out how well it works.”

It’s a funny thing — “risky” doesn’t really fit with the Marvel formula, but Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t any other Marvel property. It was built on Gunn’s specific brand of weird and awesome, and we’d hate to see the studio opt for anything other than going weirder and more awesome for part two.

What do you think? What would you like to see from the Guardians sequel?

(Via /Film)