Many Marvel fans before the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy may have known little about the franchise. It was considered just another Marvel movie bringing in some unknown characters together. However after its release it became a fan favorite and almost gauged about the same interest as the Avengers.
Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t just the first example of bringing super heroes together into one faction. Marvel (Fox) previously experimented with the Fantastic Four but that had been an utter disaster. Pulling off the Guardians movie thus should be credited as an impeccable work done by James Gunn.
Guardians of the Galaxy with two volumes in the pipeline now remain a life support for the Marvel (Disney) cinematic universe. The franchise has set the tone for the future direction for the Avengers in Infinity Wars. Thanos who is the main antagonist of the upcoming Avengers film is a character that is closely linked to two of the members of the Guardians including Nebula and Gamora. Thanos’s origin story and relationship with the two members thus could be imperative in his downfall.
The Guardians role however does not end after the Avengers. It takes a whole new direction. James Gunn has revealed some key pointers regarding the upcoming sequel in a question and answer session in Los Angeles. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Gunn regarding the issue said that “One of the things I’m doing with creating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — it will take place after the next two Avengers movies, and it will help to set up the next 10, 20 years of Marvel movies,” He added that “It’s going to really expand the cosmic universe. We’re going to be setting up new characters.”
The director also revealed that the current Guardians may see the sequel as their final movie and we may see new Guardians soon.