James Gunn says Marvel never insisted on MCU setups in ‘Guardians’

James Gunn has said Marvel has never asked him to set up the future of the MCU in his Guardians of the Galaxy films.

The filmmaker reflected on his relationship with the comic book titans ahead of the release of the third Guardians film, which is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but not closely tied to the Avengers.

“The only time they ever [asked me to include something for future MCU movies] was on the first movie with Thanos, putting Thanos in there,” Gunn told the AV Club. “Which they wanted me to do. But besides that they’ve never done that.

“I have to pay attention to things that happen, which they did talk to me about – the stuff with Gamora and things like that. I know that the characters have been through certain things, so I have to deal with that stuff.”

James Gunn
James Gunn (CREDIT: Getty)

He continued: “But for the most part, they never once asked me to put anything in the script for Volume 3 to set up anything in the future. Nor would I do it, frankly, it’s not really my thing.”

Meanwhile, the filmmaker recently revealed the reason why he always includes a post-credits scene in his films.

In response to one fan question on Twitter, Gunn explained: “The grips & gaffers & PAs & roto artists & so on committed months of their lives to the movie you’re watching for a lot less money & praise than me & the actors. So read their names!

“This is why I’ll always have something after the credits for people who stay.”

Next up, James Gunn will be releasing his soft reboot film The Suicide Squad, starring Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Pete Davidson and more.

The film will be released in cinemas worldwide on August 6.