James Gunn Talks About the Value of Character Death in the MCU

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe might be one of the most successful interconnected film franchise in Hollywood history, however, despite its indubitable commercial success, the MCU does have its flaws. This includes Marvel's propensity to bring back characters from death.

One of the biggest examples of characters that have come back to life after being killed is Loki (Tom Hiddleston). The Asgardian God of Mischief has died several times during the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the latest of which was in Avengers: Infinity War. Despite this, Marvel has managed to bring back Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) back to the big screen, this time as a version of Loki from a different universe in the Disney+ series Loki.

While the Guardians of the Galaxy film franchise isn't necessarily afraid of Death, fans have been complaining that all the characters that director James Gunn ever kills off in his movies are side characters like Yondu (Michael Rooker).

Taking to Twitter, Gunn has decided to address this complaint saying that character death is important so that it can help viewers address their own mortality and the mortality of the people that they love.


"So you don't think any characters in films should die? I can't agree. I think films help us to deal with our own mortality and the mortality of those we love and seeing that through the lens of story/fable/myth is of benefit to people," the filmmaker explained in his tweet.

Gunn does make sense. While Yonda was a side-character, yes, his life meant so much to the characters around him and that's what made his loss so emotionally resonant in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2.


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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has yet to receive a release date but we'll update everyone as soon as we get word.

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