by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Other than Captain America: Civil War, the Marvel Phase Three film I’m most looking forward to is probably Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I loved the first one (and so did almost everyone else) as it was unlike anything Marvel Studios had given us yet. And with the movie still two years away, speculation on the internet is running wild with just who director James Gunn will put in the next installment.
During a Facebook Q&A Gunn narrowed down the list by telling us who WON’T be in his next Marvel film. “Shi’ar and Kang are both owned by FOX,” the filmmaker said when discussing who he technically can’t use for the film.
The Shi’ar are a major alien empire in the Marvel Comics and they’re mostly associated with the X-Men. The figure quite prominently in many X-franchise stories, including the almost perfect Chris Claremont / John Byrne tale The Dark Phoenix Saga. Although it would make a lot of sense for the Guardians to run into a major alien race like the Shi’ar, that won’t be happening anytime soon.
The real bummer is Kang. While Kang in the comics is primarily an Avengers villain, he started out as a Fantastic Four villain call Pharaoh Rama-Tut. It was later revealed that his name is really Nathaniel Richards and he comes from the future. With a last name like Richards it can be assumed that he’s related to Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four.
Whether FOX actually has plans for these characters or not has no bearing. They own them which means that, unless FOX and Marvel Studios comes to an agreement (like the SONY / Spider-Man deal), we can count these villains out for the long haul.
It’s not like Gunn is hurting for characters though. With a huge list of villains still in the pantheon of unused Marvel villains, I’m sure he’ll find someone to menace the Guardians just fine.