Guardians Of The Galaxy was highly popular, but it did get a little flack for focusing so much on Star-Lord. Gamora, in particular, seemed to be mostly there to stab people and glare at Karen Gillan, although it’s possible she was just annoyed about being left off the shirts. Still, director James Gunn listens closely to his audience and he’s promising Gamora will get more to do in Vol. 2.
It’s worth noting that while Gamora didn’t get much screen time, Guardians did pass the Bechdel Test. For those somehow unfamiliar, the Bechdel Test is simple: There need to be two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man. But Gunn is less interested in internet memes than writing a story worth watching in the first place:
I am sick of stories where there are a bunch of fully realized male characters and one female character… I’m not sick of this because I’m politically correct…but because it’s boring, and it’s b.s. Likewise, I don’t think only making female characters “strong” is a fix either – you see her all the time these days, the perfect female warrior, who is a reaction to the stories of the past, but who is equally as boring and one-dimensional.
Gunn then proves his non-PC credentials, as if the guy who wrote Tromeo and Juliet really needed to do that, by promising Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will not only pass the Bechdel Test, but run it over. With an 18-wheeler.
While saying the words “Bechdel Test” is almost certain to get some parts of the internet carping, it’s good to hear Gunn wants the sequel to be more than just the same thing all over again. After all, movie series innovate or they eventually fade away, and we need more talking raccoons from Hollywood.