Now that Pratt’s involvement is confirmed, it seems more likely that other Guardians will show up too. The idea of Thor: Love and Thunder director/writer Taika Waititi getting a chance to combine his quirky, absurdist sense of humor with the wackier members of the Guardians seems like too good an opportunity for either the filmmaker or Marvel to pass up, doesn’t it?

Waititi reinvented the Thor franchise with 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, adding more humor and overall weirdness to a series that had taken itself a little too seriously in its first two installments, while also giving the movie a colorful, more psychedelic visual palette based much more directly on the work of the great Jack Kirby.

Adding the Guardians to the mix will probably up the weirdness, but it also raises an interesting question: Will James Gunn be asked to contribute? Gunn helped out with dialogue for the Guardians on Avengers: Infinity War, and since whatever the team does in Thor: Love and Thunder will serve as a lead-in for Gunn’s own Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it might make sense for Waititi to pull him in for some consultations.

The last interesting aspect of all this is that Marvel appears to be continuing its tradition of the last few years of increasing the size and importance of its character crossovers. With the exception of the Avengers films and Captain America: Civil War – which, let’s face it, was Avengers 2.5 – most MCU crossovers have been fairly limited to brief cameos or mid-credits sequences.

That changed in 2017, with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man playing a significant role in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk a featured player in Thor: Ragnarok. In addition to seeing the Guardians in Thor: Love and Thunder, Marvel’s Phase 4 will also bring Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness while the Sorcerer Supreme himself (Benedict Cumberbatch) is slated to appear in the third Spider-Man movie.

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