James Gunn Talks 'Guardians 2' and Why He Would 'Love' It If the Fantastic Four Were on Team Marvel

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James Gunn (Photo: Everett)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn took a break from filming the Marvel sequel in Atlanta this weekend to host a live Facebook chat in which he responded to fan questions and revealed some interesting tidbits about the next chapter in the Star-Lord saga.

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Among other things, he said the soundtrack for the second Guardians will be “slightly more mature” than the awesome mixtape from the first film; admitted he’s never gotten pissed off at star Chris Pratt; and boldly declared that the screenplay for Vol. 2, which Gunn wrote, is “substantially funnier” than the first.

Also, in news that will be of particular interest to Fantastic Four fans and that was previously noted by Cinemablend, Gunn said he would love for the Fantastic Four to become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe even though that seems unlikely. (Fox still owns the rights to the characters, and unfortunately, has made three badly received movies based on them over the past 11 years.)

“I probably wouldn’t add Ben Grimm to the Guardians team even if they were a part of the MCU,” Gunn said when asked if he would ever try to get the rights to the quartet of characters and bring Grimm’s Thing into a Guardians film. “Of course I would love for the Fantastic Four to be part of the MCU, not only because of the Fantastic Four but because Fox owns so many awesome cosmic villains and minor characters that I would love to play around with, like Annihilus, who I love. I think they own Kang … there’s some great characters over there that we don’t own and that sucks. I’m sure Marvel and I would love to own Fantastic Four so I wouldn’t have to convince anybody. That’s just not the way it works.“

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In addition to that not being the way it works, it also might be for the best. Despite the Grimm outlook, Guardians 2 maintains a fantastic forecast as the production rolls on.

James Gunn talks how Chris Pratt won him over to play Star-Lord at ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ audition: