If you've ever wondered why each Guardians of the Galaxy member is on the run from the law, director James Gunn has revealed that the various convictions of each member appear on the team's prison jumpsuits in the first film.
"New thread on Reddit claims that each of the stripes on the Guardians' legs in prison represents a crime," Gunn wrote in a post on Facebook. "This IS true, the color of each stripe is a category (murder, arson, burglary, grievous bodily harm). The pattern of each stripe explains a bit more exactly about the crime and its severity (a sort of criminal law Morse code)."
"Rocket's are mercenary activity, grievous bodily harm, arson (he blows up a lot of stuff), escape from prison, and, I believe, public drunkenness," he explained. Gunn also dismissed the claim that the gray line on Rocket's jumpsuit indicates indecent exposure.
"Quill's crimes are penny-ante robbery, grift, criminal conspiracy (from his gang involvement with the Ravagers), and having sex with members of a royal family (consensual but on some planets considered an outrageous crime for someone from his caste)," he continued. "Gamora keeps things simple with her long list of murders and assassinations, all at the behest of Thanos. And Drax's crimes are grievous bodily harm, murder and every variety of destroying stuff you can imagine."
According to Gunn, Groot was at one point set to wear a similar prison uniform in the movie. "In the original cut," he wrote, "I planned to have the Nova guards put a pair of pants on Groot with his crimes of mercenary activity, grievous bodily harm and escape from prison on them, but, as soon as he entered the prison he tore his pants off, because the dude just loves being nude. However, it ended up being an enormous expense to have to create CGI pants for Groot, so it was one of the compromises I made to come in on budget."
These aren't the only offenses that the Guardians have committed, Gunn clarified. Rather, the pants only specify the crimes for which they've been convicted.
The Guardians of the Galaxy will next appear in Avengers: Infinity War, which will arrive in theaters on May 28. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, among others.