What’s the fun of a shared, multi-film universe if you aren’t going to use it? In the case of Marvel Studios, they’ve been very much enjoying the benefits of having characters from one movie series pop up in another. Clark Gregg took Agent Coulson from Iron Man to Thor; Robert Downey Jr. popped up at the end of The Incredible Hulk; and Hayley Atwell is rumored to be turning up as Peggy Carter in a flashback in the upcoming Ant-Man. Of course, nearly everyone from the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far showed up in Avengers: Age of Ultron, with the notable exception of last summer’s space-faring heroes of Guardians of the Galaxy. But you know it’s only a matter of time that they turn up in other places, and Star Lord himself, Chris Pratt, confirmed that he has room in his contract for Marvel adventures outside of Guardians.
In an interview with GQ, Pratt outlined the full extent of his Marvel commitment. “I’m tied to doing three more, or five more, Guardians of the Galaxy or whatever it is, you know, two more Guardians plus another couple,” he said rather vaguely.
Seriously though, a six movie commitment (including the original Guardians) sounds about right. That would cover a trilogy of Guardians of the Galaxy movies, a pair of Avengers: Infinity War flicks, and one movie to be named later. Captain Marvel or The Inhumans, perhaps? It’s not unusual for Marvel Studios to lock their leading men in for a six-picture contract, such was the case for Downey, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth. And since GOTG only enhanced Pratt’s leading man status (see: Jurassic World next month), it was shrewd for the studio to get his commitment for five more pictures.
As for any details about the forthcoming Guardians sequel, Pratt has gotten an initial breakdown of what’s ahead for Star Lord from writer/director James Gunn. “I got teary-eyed,” he said of Gunn’s plot for the film. “He’s so fucking smart and peculiar.” Details? Pratt’s not been told yet. “[Gunn] just knows me too well to tell me too much,” Pratt added.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 should go into production sometime early next year for its May 5, 2017 release date.