In terms of setting up the rest of the films and overall Infinity War story in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie did more than almost any of the other Marvel films up to this point, showing us one of the Infinity Stones for the first time up close, giving us their backstory, and even mentioning them by name for the first time. Oh, and not to mention that it also gave us the first real scene of Thanos up until this point.
As we get closer and closer to Infinity War though in early 2018, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 set to come out almost exactly one year away from it in 2017, some have wondered how much set up the film could do for the Infinity War storyline again, if it does any, that is.
Responding to a question on Facebook though, director James Gunn has confirmed that there will be no Infinity Stones in Vol. 2 next year, which means it could be an even more focused story than we had thought previously.
So far, we’ve seen four of the six infinity stones onscreen. The first was the Space Stone, hidden inside of the Tesseract in both Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, the second was the Mind Stone inside of Loki’s scepter though now it powers Vision, the Aether in Thor: The Dark World is actually the Reality Stone in liquid form, and the other is the Power Stone which we saw in use in the first Guardians of the Galaxy.
It’s rumored that the Time Stone is actually hidden inside of Doctor Strange’s Eye of Agamotto as well, which means we could be seeing that onscreen as soon as this year, which only leaves the Soul Stone left to be introduced, and we really don’t know when and where that could pop up. If Gunn’s comments are to be trusted right now though, it looks like we at least shouldn’t expect to see any of the six in Vol. 2 next year. Probably for the best too, considering Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians will be a bit preoccupied fighting an entire alien race and coming to terms with the fact that Star-Lord’s father is, well, a living planet named Ego.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to hit theatres on May 5th, 2017.
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