With the Marvel cinematic universe’s second complete superhero team having assembled on the big screen last weekend, one of the questions on fans’ minds now is, “When will the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers meet up?”
Given Marvel's penchant for uniting its properties — and, also, given the fact that Thanos, the Mad Titan, plays a key role in both teams’ storylines — it might seem inevitable. In the past, though, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has made statements suggesting that fans shouldn’t hold their breath.
Speaking with IGN last October, when asked about a multi-team crossover, Feige said, "Well, I don't think that will happen anytime soon. You know, the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' film is very much about introducing the core group. These unlikely people that come together and aren't, perhaps, the most heroic individuals. "
He went on to say that, "Thanos (the villain glimpsed at the end of ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’) is a part of that connective tissue. Some of the Macguffins of the other films are part of that connective tissue. But it really is about introducing a wholly new team."
Whether that was just Feige being dodgy or whether the plans have evolved since then, it looks like there might be more in the works — at least, if “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn is to be believed.
Gunn told Yahoo Movies, “We talked about all sorts of possibilities (for a crossover), and I kind of know what the basic plan is. That could or could not include a couple of Avengers and a couple of Guardians meeting up, or all of the Avengers and all of the Guardians. But, we do inhabit the same universe, and they’re pretty big personalities that are likely to, at some point or another, run into each other.”
So, there you have it, though it probably wouldn't happen until closer to “The Avengers 3” (or after).
Now, the question is, who? Maybe Groot and the Hulk? Rocket and Thor? Or if the Marvel movies continue their current trajectory of embracing all the weirdest nooks and crannies of the comic books’ histories, maybe Rocket and Throg — a football player-turned-frog who’s granted the powers of Thor, including a magic hammer named Frogjolnir — leading to a spinoff movie featuring the Pet Avengers?
During a press conference in London, Star-Lord himself, Chris Pratt, shared another idea for how the two teams could cross over.
“Marvel will never use any of my ideas, so this isn’t a spoiler,” he said. “But in the comics, Tony Stark and Gamora have a little thing — and how does Peter Quill feel about that? And he’s all like, ‘I don’t like it,’ and then Rocket hears the ‘I don’t like it’ and so he shoots Tony Stark in the face?! That would be awesome! People would be super mad, but it would be kind of great! Everyone would be like, ‘Why did you do that?’ And Marvel would be like, ‘Robert Downey Jr. earns $100 million a picture and we can’t afford him anymore. Pratt works minimal wage and he’ll kill anybody.’”
Whatever the plan ends up being, that idea, at least, can probably be ruled out.
Jeff Peterson is a native of Utah Valley and studied humanities and history at Brigham Young University. Along with the Deseret News, he also contributes to the film discussion website FilmInquiry.com.