Director James Gunn Shuts Down Rumors of Yondu’s Return to Guardians of the Galaxy. The Guardians of the Galaxy Director, James Gunn, shut down rumors that Michael Rooker may return as Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after rumors have been swirling the internet for months.
It may just be wishful thinking but Gunn makes it very clear that Yondu is no longer alive in the MCU, but DOES hint that there may be room for flashbacks/memories that could incorporate the character in the future. Gunn was asked about the potential for Yondu’s return during a live Q&A on Instagram on Monday night, and the director was quick to respond with a decisive “No”.
“Not to life no,” Gunn replied in reference to Yondu’s fate. “If a character dies in my films they will likely stay dead. I think stakes are important.”
Gunn’s viewpoint makes total sense. The GotG and other Marvel characters need to understand that actions have consequences and you don’t just get to brush off death for a fan service. It has to make sense in the story and Yondu’s death was an act of true love to save Peter and show just how much he cared. Yondu’s story is one of compassion and shares that behind his rough exterior is a man who is willing to do whatever it takes to protect those he loves and cares about. Yondu’s sacrifice would mean nothing if he could just return.
Many fans were holding out hope for the character’s return after the reveal of a Multiverse theory in Avengers: Endgame could mean characters that have perished in previous films may still be alive and well in other universes, but despite this reveal, it seems Yondu will stay out of the main timeline of the MCU.
As for Michael Rooker, James Gunn has nothing but love for the man and was sad to go to work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 without his good friend.
“Michael Rooker, for all the crap I give him, is one of my closest friends in the world and the last thing I wanted to do was to make a movie without Michael Rooker in the future,” Gunn shared during a Facebook Live Q&A in 2017. “I almost didn’t do Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 because there was no Michael Rooker in it and I couldn’t see making the movie without him. He means that much to me and I love him that much.”
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