What James Gunn Told Us on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Set

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We heard that sometimes the tags are written in the script and sometimes they're brainstormed and thought of throughout the filming-

James Gunn: You mean the tags, oh the tags at the end of the movie? Oh, they're all written. They're all in the script, yeah.

So they bump into the Hulk...

James Gunn: [Laughs] You guys saw my last tag, right? I had two tags, one was a baby dancing Groot, and the other one is fucking Howard the Duck.


James Gunn: That's my tags. I wouldn't wait. I don't think the fate of the Marvel universe is gonna, don't wait ... Don't wait for stupid shit.

[Laughs] When we saw the art work, one of the planets looked like a Yes album cover, is that a conscious thing for you with the design of the ship and everything else, these trippy designs?

James Gunn: [Laughs] There's a conscious return to pulp and getting a greater sense of getting pulp from all areas. But everything from fifties Amazing Stories covers to the sixties stuff that you can see in that ship, it's very sixties inspired, to a lot of almost Ralph Bakshi inspired, Yes album cover inspired stuff.

And jet packs, we saw that.

James Gunn: And we got some jet packs. Yeah, we got some good jet-packs going on.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Rocket and Star-Lord

I love the audacity of Star-Lord challenging Ronan to a dance off. In the final battle. And the fact that the first Guardians could do that, can you talk about continuing that legacy now-

James Gunn: Again, I think there's a trap a lot of sequels fall in where they say "okay, we had that beat where there was a dance off, so 'what is our dance off in this movie?' And we had that moment where they 'We are Groot', so what's our 'We are Groot' moment?" And then I'm like "screw all of that, this is its own thing." Other people can go and try to figure out what the moments are in this movie. I don't want to do the same types of things. I think the only tradition is that we try to give the audience what's unexpected and what they don't think is coming next. And mostly just in terms of the story, the characters hopefully being something that's a little deeper than the first one movie.

Unit Publicist John Pisani: Last question guys.

What character do you think will surprise audiences most coming out of this movie?

James Gunn: Uhh... Yondu? But Dave Bautista. Bautista's murdering, he's just murdering, murdering, murdering every scene.


James Gunn: Yeah. [Laughs] He wouldn't want to hear me say it. The greatest thing was walking on to the first day of set and being back with these people and it was kind of like we just picked up where we left off except for one thing, that they had all gotten incredibly better. Zoe probably had the most experience starting off, but she got a lot better. Chris got way better. And Bautista exponentially got better from what he was in the first movie, and he's going to flip people out. And then Rooker is just like, it's the role of a lifetime. It really is, he's amazing. And then people don't know Pom.

Thank you guys. Thank you. Thanks. Good luck, have fun.

More: 50 Things We Learned on the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Set

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers.

Key Release Dates
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
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