Gunn aspired to match the success of Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight threesome with his final MCU installment.
James Gunn knows trilogies are tough to master, so why not look for the best to round out Guardians of the Galaxy?
The writer, director, and newly appointed co-CEO of DC Studios revealed that his latest Guardians of the Galaxy series emulates some of his favorite trilogies, including Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise trilogy, which spanned 18 years and was released in 2013 ended with “Before Midnight.”
“I can count on one hand the amount of good third episodes in a trilogy,” Gunn told Entertainment Weekly. “Basically there’s the ‘Before Sunrise’ series, ‘Lord of the Rings’, maybe ‘Spider-Man’. But there just aren’t many good third parties.”
Gunn added that “Vol. 3” is “The Big One” in which “things really happen” to the characters, played by Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldaña, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.
“This is where we learn the truth about who these characters are, and we face the biggest stakes,” Gunn said, citing the importance of Cooper’s furry character, Rocket the Raccoon.
“One of the reasons I came back [make] This film came about because I felt the need to tell Rocket’s story,” Gunn continued. “For me, Rocket has always been the secret protagonist of the ‘Guardians’ films. I think he embodies many qualities of all Wardens. They’ve had all these traumas, and that brings them together. I just think he’s more extreme than others.”
Gunn concludes, “When I first started making the first ‘Guardians’ film, I felt drawn to him. I felt called to do it, if that makes sense. So I feel very good [about ‘Vol. 3’] because I feel like I did everything in my power to make this trilogy the best it could be. And I feel incredibly blessed and lucky to have had all of these people around me who made it happen. It’s the greatest blessing of my life… I would have been very sad not to finish the trilogy for many reasons, but I just feel so connected to Rocket. I feel like nobody could tell their full story if it wasn’t me.”
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/12/james-gunn-wants-guardians-of-the-galaxy-3-to-be-before-sunrise-trilogy-1234793121/ James Gunn wants ‘Guardians 3’ to be as good as ‘Before Midnight’