James Gunn shares details of teenage Ego and Negasonic warhead trade, debunks rumors

James gunn demystifying have become a mainstay of Twitter and it’s better for them. Today’s rumors crush was in response to a Movie’s Now #DidYouKnow graphic posted to their Twitter account.

This graph incorrectly indicates that Adam sandler was originally chosen to play Rocket Racoon in guardians of the galaxy, before the casting of Bradley Cooper. And in the caption of the article, the lie goes even further, stating, “Director James Gunn ended up choosing Bradley Cooper for the role. And after losing the role to Cooper, Sandler also auditioned to play. Groot but was unfortunately beaten by Vin Diesel.

Since the movie is now tagged Gunn directly, he responded in kind, saying, “That’s not true. [I’ve] I’ve never even met Adam Sandler, ”which really hammers the old adage,“ don’t believe everything you read. Especially on Twitter.

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In general, Gunn is straightforward and generous enough to share details of his films, seeming to understand fan interest better than most. Behind-the-scenes photos, Q&A, storyboards, trivia and even some wacky side shows from the cast can be found on all of the director’s social media accounts.

Sometimes you’ll even get a little insider baseball… the exact kind.

As late as last Saturday, a fan on Twitter tagged Gunn in the tweet below. He asks if Gunn was referring to Galactus in 2014 guardians of the galaxy, through a juxtaposition of the film and a page from the comic strip.

Gunn posted a tweet quoting the question, with his response, “No. Marvel didn’t have the rights to Galactus in 2014. ”He continues to call it a bit of fortuitous“ comic book pareidolia ”- which is a human tendency to see imaginary similarities or derive patterns from chance.

Further down the above the wire, another person disputed his answer, asking, “Weren’t the rights traded, where FOX had Ego the Living Planet and Marvel had Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and they traded?” I heard that once.

“Yes, that’s basically true,” Gunn partially concedes, but further explains, “Fox wanted TNW to be able to use his powers, which were part of Marvel’s (these things are complex), and they let us use Ego in return. . “

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From there, Gunn shed an interesting light on how this deal ended up saving his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 story. By the time this deal was happening, he had already framed the whole story of Flight. 2 around the ego as an antagonist. “I was told we owned the character, which was a mistake,” says Gunn. “I didn’t find out that we didn’t have the rights to the character until the deal was done. Thank goodness because he was deeply embedded in the script.

Without this domino of events on different projects and studio priorities, both with different rights to those comics, Gunn would have had to rephrase a few weeks before production. Certainly a very expensive bullet dodged and a far more interesting behind-the-scenes anecdote than the lies of ancient history. In Gunn’s case, the most fascinating information tends to come straight from the source.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, will surely bring more demystifications of Gunn after its release on May 5, 2023.

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