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Here’s Why James Gunn Thinks Thanos Doesn’t Help Guardians Of The Galaxy

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ThanosThanos’ presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a subject of much debate among fans. He’s being set up as this big, looming evil shadow that hangs over everything, but while we’ve heard that he’s going to be the primary threat moving forward, up to this point all we’ve seen is him not blow up a planet and loan out his daughters to Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). Sure, that makes him a dick, and he looks scary as hell, but there isn’t much to make you truly afraid of him. This has left many wondering why he’s even there, and what purpose he serves, and we’re not the only ones. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn also has issues with how Thanos fits into his movie.

The Mad Titan is obviously being set up as the villain in the two-part Avengers: Infinity Wars that is part of Marvel’s Phase 3 plan. According to Gunn, however, trying to shoehorn him into Guardians, where he doesn’t really belong, was the hardest part of writing the script. Talking to Vulture, he revealed:

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Don’t Expect Guardians Of The Galaxy And The Avengers To Crossover

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guardians of the galaxyEven before the movie came out, there was talk of the team from Guardians of the Galaxy joining forces with the Avengers at some point. With the villain Thanos casting an increasingly large shadow over the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it makes sense that the action will move further out into space, and there is a great deal of crossover between the two groups in the comics. It seemed like a natural fit given Marvel’s penchant for connecting each and every property to one another. But Guardians director James Gunn says you shouldn’t expect a team up.

Since the beginning, Gunn has been adamant that his film is its own separate thing, and has even come out and explicitly stated that this title doesn’t exist solely to serve the Avengers films or to set up the coming two-part Infinity Wars saga. While there is an overall homogeneity in the MCU, across titles, casts, and creative teams, Guardians definitely feels more like its own distinct entity than anything the studio has produced thus far.

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Will The Guardians Of The Galaxy Animated Series Connect To The Movie?

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Guardians of the GalaxyFirst it was happening, then it wasn’t, then it was again. Now that it’s officially official that a Guardians of the Galaxy animated series is actually in the works, there has been a great deal of speculation about if and how it will connect to director James Gunn’s hit film and the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. The answer to this question is simple and blunt, there will be no connection between these disparate entities.

Initially, rumors circulated that the animated series, which is slated to appear on Disney XD at some unspecified date in 2015, will serve as a bridge between the first movie and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which is scheduled for release on May 5, 2017 as part of Marvel’s expansive Phase 3. Wherever those started, we know where they end, with Gunn.