"Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn recently appeared with his brother Sean at DragonCon in Atlanta to meet with fans and take some questions about the future of the Marvel sci-fi series.
According to Collider, one fan wanted to know what Gunn's plans were for bringing more female characters into the universe, which has become a more and more frequent request for Marvel, and if those plans involved Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel.
The good news is that the "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel will have more women, according to Gunn, but it won't be Captain Marvel. The director said that he wants to keep Peter Quill as the only earthling, and that he thinks Marvel has other plans for Carol Danvers.
So who might Gunn bring into the fold? There are a few good options from comics.
Though the daughter of the original Captain Marvel was the most prominent female member of the Guardians during their 2008 iteration, her family history ties her into a complex web of mythology that might drag a movie down. She was created by her brother, and then became Quasar for a time, before dying and taking up the name "Martyr." There's potential here if her story is simplified to one identity (possibly just Quasar), but this feels like a long shot.
Didn't Drax's personal story feel a little undercooked? Ronan didn't remember killing his family, and then he did, but Drax wants to go after Thanos, who killed his wife and daughter in the comics. It's possible that the sequel could introduce the twist that Thanos actually did kill Drax's wife, but not his daughter. In the books, Drax's daughter grows up on Thanos' home moon and becomes Moondragon after the attack that leaves her parents dead. Introducing Moondragon would have big implications for Drax and perhaps bring some closure to his story.
This telepathic character has a long history with both the Avengers and the Guardians, and her skillset could help shake things up on the team. Sure, it would add another green-skinned alien to the group, but is there anyone else in the Guardians who can read minds and knows martial arts? Definitely not.
Recently, Marvel introduced a character brought over from the "Spawn" series and integrated her into the Guardians. Angela has gone on to have bigger stories in the Marvel universe, including an interesting connection to Thor, but she's still a very new character to the world. Bringing her into a movie feels premature at this point.
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