Although we haven’t yet seen Red Guardian on screen he seems like a truly interesting character to dig into. David Harbour talked about wanting to explore Red Guardian’s past and perhaps seeing a Red Guardian vs. Captain America fight during the Black Widow press conference. Harbour spoke about how some of the stories his character tells are questionable in just how reliable they are. Digging into this character’s past could lead to revelations about the truth of Red Guardian.
And while a fight between Captain America and Red Guardian is something Harbour is interested in, comparing the two characters to nuclear war heads in the Cold War arms race, this seems logistically difficult because Steve Rogers was still in the ice during the Cold War. The Cold War is not a time period that has been heavily explored by Marvel and to dig into that from the perspective of the Soviet Union super soldier has a lot of potential.
GROOT & ROCKET
Groot and Rocket are one of the great pairs in the MCU, especially considering Groot only ever says “I am Groot.” And while Groot is very much still a part of the MCU and the Guardians of the Galaxy, the original Groot died saving his friends at the end of the first film. Further exploring the pair’s relationship, pre-Guardians of the Galaxy, would be great especially with the hints and rumors that more of their pasts will come into play in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and possibly I Am Groot.
Rocket and Groot have a rich friendship and interesting past with Rocket showing himself to be an expert in escaping from prison. When the pair are first introduced, they are after the bounty on Peter Quill. A Groot and Rocket film could have an interesting buddy cop feel to it, but instead following these two mercenaries on crazy jobs in the galaxy and showing how their relationship grew into the familial bond that we see in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
ROCKET & NEBULA
Perhaps one of the more interesting options because of the tragedy involved is Rocket and Nebula. Rocket and Nebula were the last remaining members of the Guardians of the Galaxy after the infamous Snap. The pair were shown together in Endgame, but there is a lot of emotion to mine having lost their families and being the only ones left. Especially considering the pair weren’t close by the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Seeing how they attempted to help intergalactically after the Snap and deal with the fact that everyone they love is gone could be incredibly moving.
With a deep focus on loss, love, grief, and even PTSD this could be a fascinating way to further explore how Thanos’ actions impacted everyone in the universe. Rocket and Nebula both push people away so seeing as they are forced to bond and become a team themselves could be a compelling dynamic. Perhaps bringing in familiar faces from Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, or even Earth bound characters like Thor or Tony Stark, who each of them bonded with.
The Ravagers are an interesting group that hasn’t been explored nearly enough. The primary examples that fans have seen are Yondu and his crew, but it was revealed in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that they aren’t strictly Ravagers. With Yondu and all that follow him being exiled for breaking the code and trafficking in children, true Ravagers and their code hasn’t been fully fleshed out in the MCU. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 introduces a group of Ravagers from Yondu’s past including Sylvester Stallone’s Stakar Ogord who rescued Yondu from being a Kree battle slave.
At the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, moved by his friend’s heroic sacrifice Stakar decides to reunite his old team for a new adventure. Seeing Yondu’s early days as a Ravager under the tutelage of Stakar has a lot of exciting potential. And a Ravager film could dive into a space-based pirate and bandit style film.
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