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Gunn Clarifies Drax’s Gamora Insult And More During “Guardians” Commentary

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During a live commentary and Q&A session held by “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn on his Facebook page, the filmmaker offered insight into the decisions and motivations behind Marvel Studios’ runaway hit. Gunn revealed which scenes were almost cut, which were the toughest to write and which characters almost didn’t make it out of the film alive. He even revealed some facts that could come into play in “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” and clarified the motivation behind the controversial insult Drax hurled at Gamora.

You can check out some highlights culled from Gunn’s Facebook commentary below; the entire session can be found over on Facebook.

  • Gunn on Drax calling Gamora a whore: I know some of you don’t like Drax calling Gamora a whore. But he heard people saying that to her in the Kyln. So don’t blame him, blame me… Because that’s what they called her in the Kyln and that’s what he thinks she is.
  • On the hardest scene to write: This Thanos scene was hard. People read an interview with me saying Thanos talking about how difficult he was to put in the movie. They seemed to take it to mean that I didn’t want him in the movie and Marvel did. But I CHOSE to have him in the film. Kevin at one point wanted to take him out. But I didn’t want to lose the connection to the Avengers since more people would see the movie. I also like Thanos. But he was difficult because he made the relationships to the other characters so difficult and more complicated – and he served future stories more than this one.
  • On why Peter Quill’s mother calls him Star-Lord: She calls him that because of his father
  • On Ronan’s final words to Drax: I don’t think Ronan really remembers Drax’s family, I just think he’s being a dick.
  • On Nebula’s final fate: Sometimes people are confused what happens to Nebula. She looks down for something to fall on, allows herself to fall on a Ravager craft, and takes out the Goth Ravager inside and flies away, leaving everyone to deal with this shit themselves, because she’s stopped caring. She will be back.
  • On Seth Green’s role as the voice of Howard the Duck: Yeah, I called Seth and asked him if he wanted to do something very secret and he said yes. I see Seth all the time.
  • On whether or not we see Adam Warlock’s cocoon: It’s not Adam’s cocoon
  • On the dirtiest joke in the movie: The Jackson Pollock line was something I said on set and asked Chris to say. We only filmed it one time. People thought we were wasting time on set, because nothing that dirty would ever make it into the film.
  • On Yondu’s original fate: In the original script (that I wrote) Rocket had a little bomb in this scene. At the end Quill put it in the Orb when he gave it to Yondu. And, as Yondu flew away at the very end, his whole ship exploded!! A lot of people were really upset when I took that out of the script, but I had a feeling that people would like Yondu too much for that.
  • On whether he would direct a “Guardians”-centric episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”: Probably not no
  • On his future Marvel plans: I knew what gotg2 was essentially going to be about halfway through shooting. I basically have plans for three other stories connected to Guardians if I stay with marvel that long.

James Gunn’s next Marvel project, “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” arrives in theaters on May 5, 2017.