The Guardians of the Galaxy are headed to Earth (probably) in Avengers: Infinity War to hang out with Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America and the rest of the superhuman squad.
It’s easy to accept that because this is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, everyone involved in Infinity War will just naturally understand one another, but that’s actually not the case. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn said there’s a very specific reason they can all understand one another: embedded translators.
Some Guardians of the Galaxy aficionados may already know that Peter Quill, otherwise referred to as Star-Lord, had a translator embedded in his neck so he could understand Yondu and the rest of the Ravagers who kidnapped him as a kid. But what about the rest of the Guardians?
According to Gunn, everyone has a translator embedded in their body, but they don’t all understand the same language. This could help explain why Rocket can understand Groot when the rest of them can’t.
“They all speak different languages,” Gunn wrote on Facebook. “Not all languages (including Groot) are in the translators.”
This means that while Star-Lord will clearly be able to naturally understand the rest of the Avengers, except perhaps for Hulk, the rest of the Guardians will have to rely on their translators. That being said, Gunn’s phrasing of his answer does leave some room open for debate about whether this means all of the Guardians will be able to understand the Avengers. And will the Avengers be able to understand the Guardians? The Guardians are made up of various alien species who probably don’t speak any kind of variation of a language found on Earth. It’s an interesting question and one that may or may not be explored in Infinity War beyond a simple joke.
Unfortunately, Gunn wouldn’t get into it any further. All answers should be revealed when Avengers: Infinity War is released next May. Infinity War marks the first time that the Guardians and the Avengers will meet up, signaling the first part of Marvel’s conclusion to its third phase of the MCU.