The Marvel Cinematic Universe really has become a universe all its own, and as Marvel Studios heads into Phase Three of the franchise, fans eagerly await updates on all their favorite heroes. With Phase Three’s first film, Captain America: Civil War killing it at the box office this summer, it looks like there are yet more crowd-pleasers to come. Among them is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the follow-up to summer 2014’s intergalactic romp starring Chris Pratt as the (sort of) legendary outlaw Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord.
Guardians of the Galaxy brought something else to the franchise besides bawdy fun and big bucks; it was also Marvel’s first ever film to have a female screenwriter. Nicole Perlman drew attention for co-writing the film with director James Gunn, and she has since been tapped to write the Captain Marvel script. Though Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie (the aforementioned Captain Marvel) will not debut until 2019, Gunn took to Facebook earlier this week to address related issues in honor of International Day of the Girl.
Gunn, who is also co-writing and directing Guardians of the Galaxy 2, spoke about his desire to see more complex portrayals of women in film. The writer-director talks in depth about his responsibility to tell interesting stories, and explains why he believes that includes writing multi-dimensional (no pun intended) women. He ties this all to Guardians Vol. 2, indicating that its female characters will fulfill those goals. Check out the post, in full, below.
Gunn specifically refers to Gamora, Nebula, and newcomer Mantis, three female characters with featured roles in Guardians Vol. 2. When we last left Gamora and Nebula, the estranged sisters weren’t exactly on the best of terms. However, a teaser from Nebula actor Karen Gillan revealed that the two would explore their “sisterly relationship” in the sequel. This could perhaps be what Gunn is referring to when he says that the film, “will not only pass the Bechdel test, but run over it and back up over it again and again in an eighteen-wheeler truck.”
There are no doubt some who may balk at this news, and say that it is part of an ongoing trend of “political correctness” in Hollywood filmmaking. Fortunately, Gunn has prepared a response for that claim:
“I know, in these weird times, just for writing this, I will be accused of being an SJW or “having an agenda”. Who knows. You can categorize it however you want. But in truth I DO have an agenda, and that is telling FULL and TRUTHFUL stories, where ALL the characters are deeply realized. As a person I am a man; as a writer, I need to be everyone. Only in this way will our art and our entertainment adequately express life and inspire all of us.”
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.