Gunn promises Guardians evolution
James Gunn has said that Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 will move on from the story in the first hit film.
The writer and director said despite the success of the first film, its sequel needed to evolve because "you can't just repeat what you did before".
"When you go forward with a group of characters, that means you have to go forward," he told Comic Book Resources, adding that in Guardians 2 he would be "developing a new kind of story about their lives and who they are and where they're going."
James also compared the films to the 007 franchise. "James Bond is a James Bond movie over and over and over again. The character never learns anything, and the character never does anything new. And that's not a knock. It's a really fun series. But that's not what the Guardians are. The Guardians are going to continuously change."
He also hinted: "I think that some of the characters are probably worse than what we think they are, and other characters are better than what we think they are. It's going to be interesting to learn a little bit about that as time goes on."
In September, Gunn promised more female characters in the upcoming film, saying he was "more than excited" to begin introducing other women from the Marvel comic book universe into the sequel.
The first Guardians Of The Galaxy film had the biggest opening for a film released in the traditionally low-key month of August, a record previously held by 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum. Plans for the sequel were announced before the first film's release.
Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 is scheduled for release in 2017.