Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and his brother Sean Gunn (who stood in for Rocket Raccoon on the set and played Yondu's right-hand man Kraglin) attended a panel at Dragon Con this past weekend. The session was described as "candid", answering a bunch of fan questions.
Since movie female super hero characters have been the topic of discussion of late, the director was asked about including females (specifically Captain Marvel) to the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. His answer probably won't win him any awards from the Carol Corps, stating that he wanted to avoid using "earthlings" in his cosmic films, with Star-Lord being the exception (does that mean no Richard Rider Nova? Damnit!). So, sorry again Carol. The director did give Captain Marvel fans a glimmer of hope though, saying he did think that the character would appear sooner rather than later in a future Marvel movies.
As for females in his own films? Gunn felt there were a lot of females in the comic book roster of Guardians of the Galaxy, and that he was "more than excited" to introduce them in future films. He is said to want to do this as soon as he could. Speaking of future films, when speaking about the changes to Yondu, Gunn said he planned to do similar with other characters in sequels (there's that 's' again) and spin-offs (!).
James Gunn also discussed other comic properties he thought about bringing to the big screen at the panel. The first was not Marvel related, but Grant Morrison's Vertigo title, We3. Another film, which he actually pitched to Marvel before landing Guardians, was based on Marvel's Hit Monkey. Finally, a non-animal related property he was interested in before doing Guardians was the Thunderbolts (which iteration was not disclosed). The director went on to say that he would have to put the Thunderbolts on the "backburner" while he does his work on the cosmic front. So does this mean Thunderbolts is in Marvel's cinematic future?
The director revealed some of his ideas that did not make it into the final film. One was Stan Lee's cameo that was nixed by Disney. The setup is that Lee would actually be an exhibit among the Collector's possessions. Groot would notice him and be shocked, and Stan Lee would then proceed to flip the tree a bird. Another scene cut was a death scene for Gunn's mentor Lloyd Kaufman, who played a prisoner in the Kiln.
The panel offered a lot more, including how it is to work with your brother, Star-Lord's characterization, the film's music, and the importance of Rocket Raccoon. The director did say he and his brother (and assumed others) were "deep in the process" of writing the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel.
What would you like to see in future installments of Guardians of the Galaxy and any spin-off movies? Which female cosmic characters are you hoping for? Let us know in the comments.