Sylvester Stallone's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Character Is Going to Be Back for More MCU Films

Friday, 28 April 2017 - 12:17PM
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Friday, 28 April 2017 - 12:17PM
Sylvester Stallone's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Character Is Going to Be Back for More MCU Films
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We all love a good bit of Sylvester Stallone. Seeing the Italian Stallion become a regular character across Marvel's movies is a tantalizing prospect, which is why we're very intrigued by news that James Gunn wants to bring back the actor's character in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 in future movies.

In talking to the Toronto Sun, Gunn said that yes, Marvel was eager to have Stallone back at some point in the future, although this might be several years away:

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"My plan is to see more of [Stallone's character], I'm not sure about him appearing in Vol. 3, we'll have to see about that, but it's our plan to see more of Stallone. Kevin [Feige] and I are working on what is going to become of the Marvel Cosmic Universe and where it's going to go. We plan to see the rest of them in the future.
"I'm helping to decide what projects we'll be pursuing outside of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and what the next cosmic characters we will focus on. It's my plan to have Sly - and I talked to him last night - to find a place for him in the future of the Marvel Universe."
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Right now, as fans of Guardians of the Galaxy and Sly himself, we're salivating pretty hard.

It's been clear from Marvel movies like Thor: Ragnarok and Captain Marvel as well as Infinity War and its sequel that the studio is going to be increasingly building up the cosmic side of their cinematic universe. We're a long way from Iron Man's grounded narrative about weapons-dealing in the Middle East, and with every new movie that Marvel brings us, the MCU steps further into the untapped potential of its weirder elements, both mystical and extraterrestrial.



But it's unwise for Marvel to ditch their more grounded movies in order to fling all the action into space. There's real merit to movies like The Winter Soldier and Civil War, despite their feeling far more muted and serious than any of the trailers we've seen for Thor: Ragnarok. In years to come, Black Panther will need to share enough elements with Captain Marvel to make the two films still feel part of a shared universe.

If Marvel can't get a good balance between colorful, witty space adventure movies starring Stallone, and grey, tense political thrillers featuring the franchise's Earth-bound heroes, the MCU is in danger of fracturing, as audiences divide themselves between these two styles of films. So while it's great that Gunn is helping to plan out the future of the MCU, Marvel also needs to make sure that his spin on things doesn't overpower the stories of human superheroes by burying them under neon lights and Eighties action stars.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits US theaters on May 5th, 2017.
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