Who knew that the weirdest characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would go on to become some of the most endearing? James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy blew audiences away two years ago, and we’ve clamored for their return ever since. We know that a sequel to Guardians will hit theaters next year, but beyond that, we’ve been left somewhat in the dark about their involvement in the coming Infinity War. However, the writer of the next Avengers film may have just let it slip as to whether or not the Guardians will play a role in Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1.
While speaking about the process of penning Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War screenwriter Christopher Markus dropped some potentially serious hints to The Verge about a possible Guardians appearance:
Also, whether they’re a 12-foot purple guy, or a raccoon, or an android, they’re all people, and we’re going to write them as people. You can’t write them any other way. So, ideally it will stay grounded because you’ll completely understand why the characters are doing what they’re doing, and you will in some way or another empathize.
Note that quick moment where he talks about writing for a raccoon. That seems to potentially point towards the very real possibility of Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy making their way to earth at some point in the near future. We know that the 12-foot purple guy (Josh Brolin’s Thanos) and an android (Paul Bettany’s Vision) will both appear in Infinity War, so for him to sandwich a mention of a Guardian in there makes us think that he slipped up and revealed something that he shouldn't have.
We’ve known at the Guardians would probably make their way to Earth at some point during the Infinity War arc. Drax the Destroyer has such a serious bone to pick with Thanos that it wouldn’t make sense for him to steer clear of the action. However, this new revelation has us thinking that they may in fact show up during the events of Infinity War – Part 1, which is much sooner than originally expected. The Russos already alluded to Chris Pratt reprising Star-Lord, but it wouldn't feel the same without the whole gang there.
Needless to say, we are incredibly excited about this possibility. Guardians of the Galaxy is widely regarded as one of the best entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date, and the members of the titular team represent some of the best characters available to the MCU right now.
We don’t know for sure if they will actually appear during Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1, but we will know for sure once the film hits theaters on May 4, 2018, and we will likely know where exactly the Guardians are headed once Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5 of next year.