Given that they were the MCU’s main cosmic entities heading into Avengers: Infinity War (Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel had yet to be introduced), it made sense for the Guardians of the Galaxy and the God of Thunder to be packaged together throughout most of the film.
And while the Marvel Cinematic Universe seemed to be trying to set up the “Asgardians of the Galaxy” — which is a *real line* of Marvel Comics — in the closing stages of Avengers: Endgame, nothing ultimately came from it as the storyline was quickly tossed out in Thor: Love and Thunder and not even mentioned in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
As a result, Marvel fans are speculating that the potential team-up was an idea that was injected by the higher-ups given the apparent disinterest of both Taika Waititi and James Gunn to explore the storyline further.
That’s how you know that Thor joining the Guardians was 100% a Feige thing lol because neither Taika nor Gunn seem to like the idea. https://t.co/TZbUrY8hGn
— Hernandy – The Dynasty Sin Amor (COMMISSIONS OPEN) (@Pollos_Hernandy) May 11, 2023
Gunn certainly hasn’t been shy about his frustrations with how the MCU handled the Guardians of the Galaxy in his absence, as he recently took vague shots at the decisions the characters, particularly Star-Lord, made in Avengers: Infinity War.
When the characters appeared in the Avengers two-part epic directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Gunn saw disconnects with certain storylines. “They did some things that I wouldn’t have wanted,” says Gunn of the films. (Yes, he says, Star-Lord would have killed Gamora if she asked him to; no, he would not have punched Thanos and doomed the universe.) [via The Hollywood Reporter]
While Gunn may not have been thrilled with the route the Guardians were sent down in the closing stages of the Infinity Saga, he ultimately got to send his beloved gang of misfits off into the sunset under his own terms with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which has been the most widely well-received MCU movie since 2019’s Endgame.