James Gunn Considers Changing MCU Canon For GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3

James Gunn has already finished the first draft of a treatment for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3! He knows where he wants to take the story, and it turns out he might be changing some MCU canon to do it. Changing the canon is something he's struggling with and he's not sure if he's going to do it or not. 

While speaking at the World Building panel at this year’s E3 this week, Gunn opened up about his progress on the film and the change that he's looking to make so he can tell the story he wants to tell. 

“I’m writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and I finished the first draft of the treatment yesterday, which I’m excited about it and I feel really great about it. But there’s one little thing that I had in the first movie… Now, Marvel, MCU canon is crazy and I’ll get super geeky for two seconds. There’s the 616 universe which is the Marvel Comics Universe, which people get hung up on that canon, and then there’s the MCU, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has a separate canon which is inspired by but not exactly the same as the 616. I did something in the first movie of Guardians where it was in the background but it was distinctly there, and people know that it’s there. And I’m like goddammit because I have a really good storytelling reason for breaking the canon, and I stayed up last night figuring out if I’m gonna do it or not. I still don’t know.”

Gunn was then pressed a little bit by Neil deGrasse Tyson to reveal where the detail from the background stems from and Gunn obliged, saying:

“I’ll actually tell you. In the first movie there is the mugshot sequence where the characters go through and they’re going through the mugshots and having their picture taken and the Nova Corps has information about each of the characters coming up on their little machinery. Now, those things are something that your average viewer doesn’t see at all and doesn’t read, but there’s a lot of background I put into those things about who they’ve worked with, where they’re from, what’s going on. And it’s one of those things that I’m thinking about changing.”

I don't think it's really that big of a detail to change something like that up. As long as it's not a huge major change from what we've seen in the films, then I think it's fine to move forward with, especially if it's "really good storytelling". That's what I love about these Guardians films! The storytelling is great! If he's excited about telling this story, then I say he should go for it. 

What do you all think?

You can watch Gunn talk about all this in the video below, beginning at the 2:13 mark.

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