Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy became one of the rare instances when a soundtrack extended beyond mere background music, with the "Awesome Mix" resonating in its ability to drive home the film's tone and sensibilities. Director James Gunn's sequel further accentuated the importance of music, with "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass playing directly into Vol. 2's plotline and backstory for its lead character, Star Lord (Chris Pratt), and his father, Ego (Kurt Russell).
With pre-production under way for a third film, one fan of the beloved Marvel Studios franchsie reached out to the director to ask about the status of the soundtrack. The filmmaker's reply demonstrates it's a time-consuming process assembling songs that work so cohesively within the narrative.
I have it down to 181 songs. That list could get longer. https://t.co/byRjdfSa07— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 2, 2017
Because most motion picture soundtracks range from anywhere between 10 and 20 tracks, Gunn still has a ways to go, especially given how much music he has to pull from the massive pool of classic '70s and '80s that has been the source for the first two films. However long it takes the director to finalize the list, it will undoubtedly be worth the wait, particularly given the fact that Vol. 3 looks to be the last time Gunn will helm an adventure featuring Star-Lord and company.
While there's no release date announced for a third Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still in theaters. The film stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin and Kurt Russell as Ego.