Do you remember the Infinity Stones? Shiny rocks, vast amounts of powers, one of them is stuck to the head of Vision in the MCU? They were central to the plot of Captain America: First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World, and of course, the first Guardians of the Galaxy, and have more or less had a presence in every Marvel movie to date post Iron Man 2, but haven’t really been seen much lately. They went completely unmentioned in Ant-Man, and were barely a footnote in Captain America: Civil War. They’re a pretty central plot device to the entire world of Marvel, and yet they don’t seem to be the headline ‘artifact of doom’ right now. It might have fans wondering whether they’ll make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at all. Well, director James Gunn once again has the answers.
As mentioned before, James Gunn is apt to speak with his Facebook fans on basic questions or through long posts detailing what he feels fans need to hear. In the comment section of an article he posted (from People.com, about Michael Rooker and the Yondu makeup), a Facebook user named Abhishek Kolla went ahead and asked Gunn the question some fans have been wanting the answer to:
Abhishek Kolla: “How about infinity stone’s showing up in gotg2 ?”
James Gunn: “There will be no Infinity Stones in Vol. 2.”
Elaborating on the answer, he had this to say:
“There will be no Infinity Stones in Vol. 2. I decide everything that happens in GotG. Other than that it’s in the hands of others. There will be infinity nothing. It’s a story about the [Guardians]’s, and isn’t meant to lead to anything else.”
It’s as simple as that, right from the mouth (er, fingers) of the director himself: the Infinity Stones story will be on the side in favor of more original material. While this may have a few fans disappointed, it was already confirmed that Thanos, a major villain to the universe and the first film, would not be making an appearance; Thanos’ story is central to the plot of the Infinity Stones, making this not much of a surprise. The main plot of the film is also going to revolve around Ego the Living Planet, as confirmed at SDCC 16, meaning trying to find room the ‘Infinity Stones’ in the film was more work than it was worth; too much forced plot can kill a good film. There’s still one Marvel film to release before Guardians 2, however: Doctor Strange… and we have already had our sneaking suspicions that one of those blasted stones may just turn up again yet.