james gunn on the set of guardians of the galaxy vol 2

I’m really surprised at some of the stuff you got away with in this one.  I know you got a jizz joke in the last one, but this you have a brothel, you have penis and sex jokes.  This is a Disney movie and I love the fact that you got away with it, but was there any resistance to some of those?

No.  No.  I know, don’t bring it up, because I’m still scared of it happening.

This film has five post-credits scenes.

It does, yeah.

As someone who enjoys post-credits scenes, and enjoyed the five in this film, it still seems excessive, to the point that it becomes funny. Is the overabundance of post-credits scenes an intentional joke?

Yeah, because people love them. So I’m like “That’s what people love are these post credit scenes.”  I get asked about the post credit scenes almost as much as the movie.  So I’m just gonna give you a billion of them.  But that’s on the one part.  The other part is I have a very succinct ending to the movie where everything comes together, and we see it all.  And it’s organic, and it’s real, and that’s the ending of the movie.  But we have little things that we have left unsaid.  The stuff with Ayesha.  And the other things that we reveal in the post credit scenes.  So I think it’s a great way to, instead of being one of these movies that have 20 billion different endings, to have one strong ending.  And then let’s throw the other stuff in the post-credits so that the people who worked on the film and doing visual effects for six months of working their fingers to the bone in Montreal get their name read at the end of the movie.

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The final two questions contain spoilers for the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 post-credits sequences, continue at your own risk.

 

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How many of those were written into the script?  How did those come about?  Did something come about on set?

All of them were written into the script with the exception of Sly. That one I thought about afterward.  I’m like “Ah, I think I wanna go shoot this and put that in there.”

I was talking to Kevin just then.  He said that you came up with the Adam Warlock thing as a possible setup for something future.  

Yes.

Can you talk about that?

Well I think that’s pretty simple and I think the reason Kevin’s saying that is pretty simple.  I love Adam Warlock.  He’s one of my favorite characters.  In all truth, I wrote an early treatment where I had Adam Warlock as a part; this is your big scoop because I don’t think I’ve told anybody this.  But now it’s out.

You mentioned on set that you had someone in there.

It was Adam Warlock.  He was a big part of the screenplay, and I realized it was one character too many.  And I adore the character; I adore what we had done with him.  I think we did something really creative and unique with Adam Warlock.  But it was just one character too many.  And I didn’t wanna lose Mantis.  And I couldn’t, and Mantis was more organically a part of the movie anyway.  So I decided to save him for later.  And so I had that post-credit scene, I wrote that post credit scene.  There was a lot of discussion about whether we were gonna put it in the movie or not.  Because people are gonna think it’s about Infinity War, which is why Kevin is saying that.  Because he’s not.  He’s not in Infinity War, but he will be a future part of the Marvel Cosmic Universe and a pretty important part of it.

Okay, well thank you very much, James.

Thanks, man.  Thanks a lot.  I’ll see you later.

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