Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 writer/director James Gunn hosted a spoiler-filled Facebook Q&A of the weekend, answering as as many fan questions as he could, including whether a certain scene might be undone in future installments. (Spoiler: It won’t.) However, the most interesting response involved Stan Lee’s cameo.
As many fans were quick to point out, the Marvel Studios sequel contains a slight continuity error, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 actually takes place before the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
While describing his decision to run with the fan theory that Lee has actually been playing the same character within the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and employee of the ancient race of observers known as the Watchers — Gunn admitted he screwed up with that scene. If you’ll recall, during his cameo, Lee details to the Watchers how he’d been a FedEx delivery man that one time. However, within the MCU, that hasn’t actually happened yet.
“One thing I found very funny and interesting is the fact that people thought Stan Lee is a Watcher and that all of these cameos are part of him being a Watcher,” Gunn explained. “So, Stan Lee as, probably, a guy who is working for the Watchers was something that I thought was fun for the MCU. And yes, I know I made a mistake. I’ll own up to my mistake because Guardians of the Galaxy 2 theoretically happens in 2014, which is before Infinity War. And Stan Lee in the movie says, ‘That time I was the FedEx guy,’ which is what he is in Civil War. I screwed up; I wasn’t thinking, But I’m going to say that probably Stan Lee used the guise of a FedEx guy more than one time.”
As Gunn notes, it’s entirely possible Lee’s character has employed the FedEx disguise more than once. Or, perhaps the Watchers and Lee’s informant don’t view time in a linear fashion.
Luckily, fans don’t seem to mind the small error too much. Over the weekend, I Vol. 2 rocketed past $600 million worldwide, and it’s on track to outperform its predecessor’s $733 million total.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Glenn Close as Irani Rael and Kurt Russell as Ego.
(via Cinema Blend)