No stranger to risk, now James Gunn says Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is risky as well.
Some had written Guardians of the Galaxy off before they had even seen the first trailer; however, Gunn and the Guardians of the Galaxy managed to score three-quarters of a billion dollars as well as achieving the best grossing movie for 2014 in the U.S.
Now while participating in a podcast, Gunn lets it be known that Marvel thinks his take on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is 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 interesting that Marvel apparently thinks Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is risky as it must mean Gunn is not just going to copy what he did for Guardians of the Galaxy (which Marvel was probably banking on).
Gunn also says above that the story for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is original, which apparently shoots down the recent rumors that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is based on the Marvel Comics Annihilation: Conquest event.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has a May 5, 2017 release.