Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn took to his Facebook page on International Day of the Girl to promise the upcoming sequel will feature prominent storylines for the film’s female characters.
In his post on Tuesday, Gunn lamented the trope of the sole strong female character in movies, and promised Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will “run over” the Bechdel Test.
“I am sick of stories where there are a bunch of fully realized male characters and one female character, whose primary characteristic is simply being ‘the girl’ or the personality-less object of some man’s affections. I’m not sick of this because I’m politically correct – those of you who know me know I am far from that – but because it’s boring, and it’s b.s,” he wrote. “Likewise, I don’t think only making female characters ‘strong’ is a fix either – you see her all the time these days, the perfect female warrior, who is a reaction to the stories of the past, but who is equally as boring and one-dimensional.”
The original Guardians of the Galaxy, which did pass the Bechdel test, featured Zoe Saldana as Gamora and Karen Gillan as her adopted sister, Nebula. Vol. 2 also features a new female character, the alien Mantis revealed earlier this summer in new concept art.
“I can’t wait for you all to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with Gamora, Nebula, and Mantis in action, where we not only pass the Bechdel test, but run over it and back up over it again and again in an eighteen-wheeler truck, and where their stories and the men’s stories don’t come at the expense of each other, but are interwoven in a way to strengthen and optimize all of them,” he said.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which also sees the return of Chris Pratt, Saldana, Gillan, Dave Bautista, the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, rockets into theaters on May 5. You can read Gunn’s full post below.