Everyone is waiting to see the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy share the screen in Avengers: Infinity War, but not many had thought about how they will communicate. Thankfully, James Gunn has the answer. Gunn has become a staple in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Marvel Studios seemingly appointing him to the position of ruler of the cosmos. So far, he’s crafted the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films and will return to do another, but he’s also in charge of setting the stage for the future of the Marvel Cosmic Universe.
This will all come in the aftermath of Infinity War, where the cosmic story of the Guardians will cross paths with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The thought of so many Marvel heroes together has been the source of much anticipation, with Zoe Saldana teasing the space encounter. Because of the excitement, it has often been overlooked that many of the Guardians do not speak English, but Gunn appears to have revealed how the two teams will communicate.
Following a post on Facebook, a fan asked Gunn this question. While at first it may seem obvious considering the history with the Guardians, the question is quite valid since the Avengers (and most of the human race) have yet to encounter different alien races. Based on his response, it appears the Avengers will be getting some upgrades in the form of translators that allow them to understand the various languages spoken by Gamora, Drax, and Rocket – but not Groot.
They all have translators imbedded. They all speak different languages. Not all languages (including Groot) are in the translators.
Gunn has made it very clear that in the cosmic circles in which the Guardians exist, it is common practice for each individual to have translators imbedded in them. This is how Peter can understand his ragtag family and easily explains to the audience why everyone in the entire universe speaks English, when it actually is all being translated to Peter’s perspective (or that of the audience as well).
Something to keep an eye out however may be how exactly this happens. While the initial miscommunication that will spawn from the language barrier could provide a laugh or two, having all the Avengers get translators imbedded in their heads or suits could take some time and resources. The Avengers already rely on earpieces to communicate with one another, so one possible fix could be for one of the many geniuses of the group – whether that be Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Rocket, or T’Challa – having the ability to download the language database from one of the Guardians’ translators and upload the translations through these earpieces. Otherwise, it could be up to them to design and install translators of their own.
This will not change the Guardians at all with each of them already having a translator that can understand the English language, but this will further show the Earth-based heroes just how big and different the rest of the universe is. If the Avengers’ battle with Thanos takes them further into the cosmos, this may not be the only piece of technology that they adapt from the Guardians. After all, they’re the ones with translators, jet packs, protective space suits and helmets ready to go, and many of the Avengers may need to rely on those to survive in space.