Spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy follow...
Guardians of the Galaxy dominated last weekends box-office, surpassing expectations with an impressive $94 million debut and the biggest August opening to date. The film stands on its own as a uproariously entertaining space adventure, but it also opens the door to some interesting explorations in the future (as is the Marvel way).
We had the opportunity to sit down with Marvel's Kevin Feige to talk about how some of the lingering questions may unfold in the future.
Who is Peter Quill's Father?:
There can be no doubt that the answer to that question will play out significantly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The comic offers up one possible answer of course, but there's no guarantee the the movies will follow the same path.
"I think it's pretty important," Feige confirmed when we touched the implications of this story thread. "I think there's a reason we seeded it at the very end of the film like that. I think that would certainly be part of a next Guardians adventure. Certainly, that would be part of it."
As to whether Quill's parentage may be addressed prior to Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Feige said that they "would wait for the next Guardians adventure."
Adding," I think that's pretty important for James [Gunn] and would be appropriate in a [Guardians movie]. I don't think you'd spoil that in Cap 3."
Will Karen Gillan's Nebula Return?:
The only villain in the film to truly buy it -- via dance off -- was Ronan the Accuser. We know that Josh Brolin's Thanos is going to play a large role in the coming Marvel films. So one question is if they're leaving Nebula - who had a classic Star Wars exit - open to return.
"I would say any character that doesn't overtly perish is certainly fair game to come back," Feige conceded. "If people know the comic lore, Nebula has a lot of varying different roles to play over the course of a lot of different titles in the comics. We have somebody like Karen, and you have a look that is so weird and so great. I think that's something we'd all like to see again."
Does Thanos Need To Be A BIGGER Bad?:
Guardians offered us our first real look at Brolin as Thanos. One question that has arisen is if we need the character to demonstrate the full scope of his power prior to his most significant appearance (we're thinking that'll happen in Avengers 3). There has been lots of discussion about Thanos' might, but we haven't really seen him do anything viscerally evil or terrifying -- yet.
"That is an excellent point to make," Feige reflected when asked if he felt they needed to highlight the consequences of Thanos' wrath. "I don't know. The truth is, anything I say would be a spoiler, frankly, on that. I don't think it's required. I think you could go right into a Thanos-centered movie and tell the audience anything you need to know. But the fun of our universe is that the characters can pop up in multiple franchises, so... perhaps. It is a good question."
What Would A Guardians/Avengers Team-Up Look Like?:
The lion's share of Marvel film fans are assuming that we'll eventually see a team-up between The Avengers and the Guardians, which certainly opens the door to all sorts of comedic opportunities given the diverse personalities in play.
"You know, the fun about The Avengers, as we we're gearing up to that, was 'how would Tony Stark deal with goody two-shoes Steve Rogers in World War II?'" Feige said when asked how The Avengers would get along with the Guardians. "What would Tony Stark think of a Norse god who wields a hammer? The brilliance of Joss [Whedon] was having fun with that. So who knows if and when these guys would ever connect, but it is fun thinking about, how would Steve Rogers react to Rocket? Or, you're right, Drax couldn't even have a conversation with Tony Stark! [Laughs] I have a theory that the more time Drax spends with Peter Quill, the more he's going to start to learn, perhaps, that people aren't always as literal as his species would assume."