James Gunn Clarifies Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers Crossover Remarks

Earlier this month, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn spoke about the upcoming sequel to the box office hit and revealed that the plan was for 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron to “effect (the tone) as little as possible.” Since then, Gunn has taken to his Facebook page to dispel some of the interpretations of his most recent comments that neither group of heroes would ever meet, saying:

“All I’ve ever tried to say was the Guardians are an important part of the MCU, and they definitely share an existence with the Avengers and other characters in the MCU. But the week after the movie opened I walked into the Marvel offices, and I sat down with Kevin Feige and some of the other folks at Marvel. We had a long discussion about where the Guardians were headed and what was happening to them. I told them exactly what I wanted to do with the sequel to Guardians, and everyone was on board and excited. And, regarding the bigger picture, we all agreed on one thing, and that was to keep huge chunks of the Guardians separate from the Marvel heroes of earth, because they have a whole galaxy to explore. We wanted to use them as a way to make the MCU bigger, not smaller. We wanted to make sure they have their own mythos, as opposed to only one that is intertwined with the earthbound characters. They ARE connected, of course, but that connection would not be the purpose of their stories and fictional lives.’

“When I’m asked about the Guardians and their future, and whether they’ll meet up with the Avengers I really don’t have all that much to say, because some of it isn’t decided yet, and I don’t want to give away what is decided. So I speak in these general terms. They aren’t things that I’m just saying on the spot, and they aren’t things that have been decided on by me alone. But they are sometimes incredibly general, and that can lead to those words being taken in a lot of different ways.”

Gunn also went on to address a common question regarding the film and Star-Lord’s signature Sony Walkman:

“GUYS, THEY HAVE THE ALIEN TECHNOLOGY TO TRAVEL FASTER THAN LIGHT BETWEEN PLANETS, I think they can figure out an alternative power source for the Walkman, and they likely also have technology to slow the degradation to the tape and player. This seems obvious to me.”

Avengers: Age of Ultron will debut in theaters May 1, 2015 with Guardians of the Galaxy 2 set to be released on May 5, 2017.