darth vader in guardians of the galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy almost wasn’t the musically-driven ode to the ’80s that we know and love today. Instead, the film’s nod to Peter Quill being the lone human in a wacky space opera would have been a Darth Vader cameo. Or rather, a Darth Vader action figure cameo.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is famously a huge Star Wars nerd and wanted to originally incorporate that into 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. However, at director James Gunn’s suggestion, that brief appearance of Darth Vader — a moment of corporate synergy Feige thought of before Disney had even acquired Lucasfilm — was replaced by Peter Quill’s Walkman. And we were immediately hooked (on a feeling).

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Han Solo Director Replacement

Yesterday brought the shocking news that directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller had been let go from the Star Wars spin-off focusing on a young Han Solo played by Alden Ehrenreich.

At first, only creative differences were cited, but since then we’ve heard more specific details about why the acclaimed and respecting directing team were removed from the project with three weeks of principal photography left on the schedule. The reasoning for a parting of the ways is said to be a clash in filmmaking style. The fast and loose, improvisational approach that Lord & Miller have compared to the more calculated and structured style that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter/executive producer Lawrence Kasdan never really met in the middle, and disagreements finally came to a head.

Now Lucasfilm has to find a new director quickly as the studio hopes to be back in production by July 10 (or so we’ve heard), and while Ron Howard is said to be the frontrunner, with names like Joe Johnston and Lawrence Kasdan himself also in consideration, we have a list of filmmakers that we’d like to see finish the Han Solo movie instead.

Check out our own Han Solo director replacement candidates after the jump. Read More »

james gunn trolls fake kevin feige

This fake Kevin Feige Instagram account would’ve found out about all of Marvel’s well-kept secrets and gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids! Well, more like if James Gunn hadn’t realized immediately that it was a troll account and started trolling back in kind.

It’s always a fun day on the Internet when Gunn decides to go, as he says it, full “twelve year old” and troll a fake account posing as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige that had direct messaged him on Instagram. And the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director posted the entire interaction on Facebook for our viewing pleasure.

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R-rated Scooby Doo

The live-action Scooby Doo is now 15 years old. Originally, the filmmakers were going for a PG-13 rating, but after filming was completed and an early cut got an R-rating from the MPAA, Warner Bros. decided to turn the raunchy teen comedy into a movie for children. Scooby Doo‘s writer, James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), thought it was a mistake, but a decade and a half later, he still looks back on the experience with a great deal of fondness.

Below, learn more about the R-rated Scooby Doo film we never saw.

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Suicide Squad Trailer Mash-Up

Even though Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 just hit theaters over a month ago, James Gunn is already hard at work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Just recently, the director’s brother Sean Gunn said that development isn’t moving as quickly as it otherwise would since part of what happens in the sequel depends on what the Guardians deal with in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4.

But there is one thing that James Gunn is already considering and it would require him to break part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon he established in the first movie. Get the lowdown on this Guardians of the Galaxy 3 development below. Read More »

Quasar

Guardians of the Galaxy series director James Gunn posted a tweet yesterday that is leading fans to speculate that the character Quasar might appear in the third installment of Marvel’s cosmic franchise. Was the tweet a sly tease, an unintentional slip-up, or just an observation completely unrelated to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? That’s the question.

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Stan Lee Doctor Strange cameo

Lately, filmmaker James Gunn has been using his social media accounts to share behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with fans and to give us a fun look into some little pieces of trivia that didn’t make the cut in his movie. But now that fandom’s collective attention has shifted away from the Guardians sequel, Gunn has revealed another amusing glimpse into the inner workings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by explaining some alternate cameo options he shot involving Marvel legend Stan Lee for Doctor Strange.
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In just five days, I have visited Disney World’s new Pandora: The World of Avatar, experienced Universal Orlando’s third theme park Volcano Bay, and the grand opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure. I’ll have more on Volcano Bay and AvatarLand next week, but today, I wanted to give you my quick reaction to Mission Breakout. How does Marvel’s first step into North American Disney Parks compare to the former and beloved attraction it replaced, The Twilight Zones Tower of Terror?

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Simon Williams Movie Poster - Haxan 2

When Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was still in production, spy photographers spotted some interesting details on a small town set. The scene was set on Earth and it featured an event called the Simon Williams Film Festival. On the set, some fake movie posters were spotted featuring Nathan Fillion as the actor Simon Williams, who just so happens to be better known as Wonder Man in Marvel Comics.

Of course, this sparked excitement from Marvel fans that Nathan Fillion was becoming part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Wonder Man. But when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rolled around, Nathan Fillion was nowhere to be seen. Even the scene in question at the Simon Williams Film Festival was cut, and the posters glimpsed on the set were never seen in the movie. Director James Gunn has since explained why this happened, and now he’s revealed all of the Simon Williams movie posters for you to check out below. Read More »

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Michael Rooker in Avengers Infinity War - Yondu

The cast of Avengers: Infinity War will include nearly every major character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All of the Avengers will be there, obviously, and there are supposed to be some new ones as well, including Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Joining them will be all the Guardians of the Galaxy. But what about the new members of the team from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? More specifically, will Michael Rooker be returning as Yondu in the battle to stop Thanos from destroying Earth?

In order to discuss his potential role, we have to dive into spoiler territory, so don’t read any further if you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But if you have, join us below. Read More »