WARNING: This article includes SPOILERS from Thor: Love and Thunder.
Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi opens up about how the Guardians of the Galaxy were initially going to have a bigger role in the MCU film. While the MCU has changed significantly over the last few years since the Infinity Saga ended, some things remain the same. The MCU began with Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor as the iconic trinity that together brought the Avengers together. Since the three core franchises, the MCU has exploded with the addition of countless more Marvel heroes like Ant-Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Shang-Chi, Captain Marvel, and more.
While heroes like Thor have explored the cosmic realms, another franchise that has taken the MCU beyond Earth are the Guardians of the Galaxy. Consisted of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot, Guardians of the Galaxy has had two installments thus far, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 coming out in 2023. However, before the third film comes out, the Guardians of the Galaxy made a stop in Thor: Love and Thunder, with Chris Hemsworth back as the Asgardian hero.
Even though the Guardians of the Galaxy made an appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder, there were plans to have them in a bigger role initially. In a new interview with Insider, director Taika Waititi spoke about the scrapped ideas that he had in mind for the space team. According to Waititi, the Guardians of the Galaxy were going to have an arc at the very end of Thor: Love and Thunder, as the hero came face-to-face with Gorr the God Butcher. However, things took a different turn for the finished product, with Waititi sharing the following:
“The plan was always to have them in the beginning and then move on. Because they have their own movie. There was talk about having them come back at the end. The thing is that happens in every movie. No more. No more of the cavalry coming at the end. So we shelved that idea. We just wanted Jane to come in at the end.”
In a lot of ways, it makes sense for Thor: Love and Thunder to not have the Guardians of the Galaxy around in the final act. The team’s original purpose was to show what Thor had been up to after Avengers: Endgame, as he got back into shape and tried to figure out where to go with life after defeating Thanos. Other than that, it’s hard to imagine them fitting in with the rest of the story, especially at the end.
The final act of Thor: Love and Thunder served as the most emotional point of the film with Jane Foster arriving at the very end to help Thor one last time. Having any other characters there would have ruined Thor and Jane’s final moments together before she passed away. Waititi also made a good point about how the team has their own film coming up, so why give them more screentime in Thor: Love and Thunder when fans will soon see them in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? While it was certainly fun to see the Guardians of the Galaxy in Thor: Love and Thunder, the film did itself a favor by not having the team arrive in the climactic battle.
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Author: Andy Behbakht