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James Gunn Doesn’t Think You Should Worry About Star-Lord’s Walkman

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GotGYou’re more than likely well aware of this fact, but music plays a huge part in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Star-Lord’s “Awesome Mix Volume 1” is a key emotional piece of the protagonist’s story, and classic songs are used to great effect throughout the film. But it’s also caused a great deal of controversy among the more nitpicky fans out there. See, Peter Quill frequently listens to the tape his mother gave him on a Walkman, and people question how a set of AA batteries have managed to last 26 years in deep space and apparently show no sign of slowing down. If this gives you pause, don’t worry, director James Gunn has an explanation for you.

Even if that backpack Quill is wearing when he’s taken from Earth was stuffed full of nothing but batteries, with the frequency uses his Walkman, his stockpile would be running low. More than that, I would be more concerned about the integrity of that tape. I’ve found old cassettes of mine that were nowhere near that old or that well worn, and lets just say the sound quality is not quite what it once was. But I feel like Gunn’s answer, provided on his Facebook page, works pretty well for both of these issues.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Almost Killed Off This Beloved Piece Of The Marvel Universe

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guardians-galaxy-movie-trailer-humorEvery piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is closely linked to every other one, which creates one massive, sprawling world where events in one title ripple across all the others, like how Captain America: The Winter Soldier helped make Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. good. So when you kill a character in one movie, they’re dead in all of them. Guardians of the Galaxy added a few new wrinkles to the MCU, taking it out into deep space, but they almost did something that would have sent shockwaves through the entire program: they almost killed Stan Lee.

That was the plan anyway. You’re well aware that the Marvel Comics legend has a cameo in every Marvel movie, even the ones that aren’t really Marvel movies, and waiting for him to pop up is part of the fun. Sure, he plays a different character in each film, so you could totally get away with killing him off in one movie without impacting the rest of the world, but it might irreparably damage the psyche of fans out there.

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Watch Dave Bautista Impersonate Tinkerbell In This Guardians Of The Galaxy Outtake

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Dave Bautista is a big, scary dude, which is why he was the perfect choice to play Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, because the character is a big, scary dude. But the actor also has a silly side, something else that served him well in the James Gunn-directed space adventure. That has rarely, if ever, been as evident than in this outtake of him doing a Tinkerbell impression on set. Yes, this is footage of a 6 foot 6, 265 pound former professional wrestler and MMA fighter flapping around in the air like a tiny fairy, and it may be the best thing you see all day. Enjoy.

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Here’s Why James Gunn Thinks Thanos Doesn’t Help Guardians Of The Galaxy

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ThanosThanos’ presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a subject of much debate among fans. He’s being set up as this big, looming evil shadow that hangs over everything, but while we’ve heard that he’s going to be the primary threat moving forward, up to this point all we’ve seen is him not blow up a planet and loan out his daughters to Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). Sure, that makes him a dick, and he looks scary as hell, but there isn’t much to make you truly afraid of him. This has left many wondering why he’s even there, and what purpose he serves, and we’re not the only ones. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn also has issues with how Thanos fits into his movie.

The Mad Titan is obviously being set up as the villain in the two-part Avengers: Infinity Wars that is part of Marvel’s Phase 3 plan. According to Gunn, however, trying to shoehorn him into Guardians, where he doesn’t really belong, was the hardest part of writing the script. Talking to Vulture, he revealed:

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Take That, Kim Jong-Un, You Don’t Get To Be Star-Lord’s Dad

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interviewYou may have noticed that over the last two days, the world seems to have lost its damn mind. The Sony hack that has been a hot topic of debate lately got all kinds of crazy, as that Guardians of the Peace group—the government has now confirmed that North Korea is in fact behind the hack—threatened terrorist attacks on theaters screening the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview. First, all of the major theater chains decided they weren’t going to screen the film, and then Sony scrapped the entire release (I was supposed to see a screening tonight dammit). As it stands now, there are no plans to release it in any format, ever. Some places, like the Alamo Drafthouse, planned to show Team America: World Police in lieu of The Interview, but even those screenings are being cancelled now (Paramount is forbidding screenings because North Korea is in charge of Hollywood and a ten-year-old puppet movie is way too dangerous to show—it was on Netflix last time I checked), as have plans for a Steve Carell-fronted North Korean thriller.

If this all sounds like a dystopian novel to you, you’re not alone, as this feels like the start to one of those Hunger Games-esque young adult trilogies that are so damn popular. This situation raises all kinds of questions about censorship, international politics, and basically letting the bad guys win. (Seriously, if you were on Twitter or any social media last night or today, you saw things like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich making the exact same points as people like Michael Moore. This is what Peter Venkman yelled about in Ghostbusters: “Dogs and cats, living together.” It’s nuts out there.)

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Star Trek 3: Is This The Real Reason Roberto Orci And Paramount Split?

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Star Trek Into DarknessYesterday we heard that there are five names on Paramount’s shortlist of directors they would like to take over the helm on Star Trek 3 now that Roberto Orci has been ousted. There are plusses and minuses to all of them, but now the motivation for the split between the studio and would-be first time director is coming into focus. A big part of the reason appears to be that Orci’s vision for the film didn’t jive with the shifting ideas the studio has about the picture, as they saw how successful Marvel was with Guardians of the Galaxy and want the next Trek adventure to be more like that.

Don’t get us wrong, we loved Guardians of the Galaxy, and it’s definitely the best attempt to make a Star Wars movie since Return of the Jedi, but it’s hard to imagine that aesthetic translating well to Star Trek. There’s plenty of action, but it’s not necessarily of the swashbuckling, serial-influenced sort, and while there’s humor in Trek, the sarcastic, smart ass silliness of Guardians would be really out of place (though Star-Lord does at times feel like a send up of Captain Kirk). And apparently Orci felt the same way.