Knowing that we’re on the road to Avengers: Infinity War and the culmination of whatever story the folks at Marvel claim to have been telling since the first Avengers film. The same claims get made in with the comics they’re based on, so it’s hard to take it all too seriously. We do know we’re heading to the a fight with big baddie Thanos over the Infinity Gauntlet and it’s going to be a massive blowout.
But just because that’s our conclusion doesn’t mean that every film up to that point is going to deal with The Mad Titan and his quest for the Infinity Gems. Civil War doesn’t seem to be going in that direction, Doctor Strange has his own story to get out of the way, and now we know that Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 won’t return to the well for a fight with Thanos. Instead it looks like we’ll get a look into Starlord’s backstory, his father — possibly played by Kurt Russell — and some new members of the team according to Kevin Feige in a recent interview with Empire Magazine:
“There’ve been many different incarnations of the Guardians over the years in the comics and we’ll catch a glimpse of additions over the course of the movie,”
Some of the members of the Guardians fall under the frustrating deals with Marvel characters at other film studios. That’s why we didn’t get the Bakoon in the initial Guardians film and why the Skrulls didn’t get play in The Avengers. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a nice selection of characters we could see make a debut or a return appearance. We’ve seen Cosmo the talking dog in the first film, hanging out in The Collector’s lair. We also know we’re going to see Mantis in the film.
Who we’re not going to see is Thanos. The villain made his presence known as the puppet master in the first film, but now he would seem to be busy and preparing for his appearance in Infinity War. Feige notes that even though the villain won’t be around, we’ll get plenty of him when the time comes:
“The next time we see Thanos he will not be messing around. It will be, ‘Oh, that’s why they’ve been teasing this villain for five years!”
I expect there will be blood once Thanos starts his quest for power. But I also expect the next Guardians film will have at least some connection to the villain, possibly in the form of Adam Warlock. Warlock plays a major part in the Infinity storyline, so it would be weird if he didn’t show up in some capacity. Plus he was a member of the team, so it would make at least a bit of sense.
Then again, maybe the Guardians Of The Galaxy are truly on their own island out in space. Away from The Avengers and any possible mega crossover we thought was going to happen. Thanos might not even be a factor and fan service can only take us so far.