Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn promises that the film’s sequel will definitely pass the Bechdel test in a new post to his Facebook account.
If you don’t know, the Bechdel test is passed in media only when there are two female characters who discuss topics other than men.
“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. 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,” James wrote.
“And 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 added.
Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan are both returning for the new film, in theaters on May 5, 2017. Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper also star.