Joss Whedon Says Guardians of The Galaxy May Not End Up in ‘Avengers 2’

By June 13, 2013

When Joss Whedon speaks, geekdom listens. Such was the case when he was “just” the creator of beloved shows like “Buffy”, “Angel”, “Firefly”, and “Dollhouse”, but now that he’s the director of a little movie called The Avengers and practically one of the most powerful people in Hollywood, EVERYONE listens.

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about what characters we’ll see in The Avengers 2. Whedon has written Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver into his sequel even though Bryan Singer seems intent on using Quicksilver in his own upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. But today, the story turns to characters who likely WON’T appear alongside Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and the rest of the crew.

Whedon spoke with Bleeding Cool and offered this tidbit about the Guardians of the Galaxy and their involvement (or lack thereof) in The Avengers 2:

“We’re following Guardians at Shepperton [with Avengers 2] but we won’t be swapping cast members. Every movie is its own thing and has to be. Unless I take a lot of peyote and write a very different draft… and I’m not ruling that out.”

So it doesn’t seem like he’s closed the door entirely (perhaps we’ll see them in one of Marvel’s famous post-credits stingers), but it sounds definitive that the characters we’re introduced to in next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie will not play a major role in the superhero team-up sequel.

This raises a whole different series of questions. Considering Thanos was teased as the mega-bad guy moving forward, and he’s rumored to be the villain in the upcoming Guardians movie, it seems to us like there are three options here: the first is that the Guardians defeat Thanos in their own movie and there’s actually a larger, more dangerous threat the Avengers must face in their sequel. The second is the Guardians don’t actually fight Thanos in their movie, leaving the heavy lifting for The Avengers to handle. And the third is that the Guardians do fight Thanos, defeat him, and then the Avengers also fight him in their movie. Whatever the outcome, we can’t wait to see what happens. Thoughts?

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