Guardians of the Galaxy not only earned spaceships filled with money, but also introduced the general public to a cast of cosmic comic characters. At the end of the film, many of them received little moments during a montage, but director James Gunn revealed a few more were originally included during the scene while "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" played.
He revealed to Slashfilm that Benicio Del Toro's The Collector, Karen Gillan's Nebula and Greg Henry's Grandpa Quill were originally included:
Nebula and Collector we decided, at a certain point, they’re kind of bad guys in the first movie. It was a real joyous experience with that finale so we thought we’d keep it to the characters that were part of “the good team.” Which includes Yondu. He did fight on the good guys side. So we thought we would keep it to them.
Grandpa Quill we cut because he was in old age make up and we were a little afraid people wouldn’t recognize that it was him from the beginning of the movie. And also, it was a pretty sad moment. It was Grandpa Quill and he has this photograph of Meredith and Peter as a little boy and he looks up at the stars and we go up to the stars and it was really sweet. It means that he must have seen Quill getting abducted at the end of that day and is still waiting for him to return but it was freaking sad so we took it out.
The director also spoke with MTV, which asked how much freedom he's being given with the Guardians sequel, considering Marvel's plans for the two-part Avengers: Infinity War.
"I don’t feel beholden to that stuff at all," Gunn replied. "I think it’s really about the Guardians and what they are doing. We’re not subservient to the Avengers. Guardians 2 is not a movie that’s made to move toward Infinity War. It’s something that’s made to move toward future cosmic movies, so I don’t feel that that is something that affects me that much."
Guardians of the Galaxy hits home video on Dec. 9, with Guardians 2 set to arrive in theaters on May 5, 2017.