Guardians of the Galaxy is one of biggest movies of the year, and smashed previous August box office records when it was released at the beginning of the month. And being a Marvel movie, there are also multiple post-credits sequences for those of you patient enough to wait through until the very end, or those of you who can hold you bladder that long.
One of these scenes, which you’ve probably heard about, hold possible hints about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and also contains a character you probably didn’t ever expect to see in a major motion picture ever again. The other has received significantly less public exposure and hasn’t been talked about nearly as much. It is, however, a total blast, and now it’s available online for you to watch again and again.
SPOILERS for those few of you who still haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy.
This is actually the first of the two scenes, and kicks in shortly after credits start to roll. And if you’ve seen the movie, you know why the eight-foot-tall alien tree Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) is now only a few inches high, planted in a pot full of dirt, and dancing his little ass off to “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5.
Before Guardians hit theaters, director James Gunn talked about the two scenes. Though he didn’t reveal much, or anything for that matter, he referred to one as “pure joy,” and yes, this is the one he was talking about. This is the most adorable moment from a character that has more than his fair share of adorable moments in the film.
Since you already read past the spoiler warning, I’m going to assume that you have either seen the movie, or don’t care if things are ruined for you, so I’m going to talk about the other end scene, just for the hell of it. For those of you who don’t know, Howard the Duck—yes, that Howard the Duck—shows up back on Knowhere at the Collector’s wrecked up joint.
Originally this wasn’t going to be the case, and Gunn only planned to have the Groot dance number show up at the very, very end. But eventually he and editor Fred Raskin came up with the idea to include Cosmo the psychic dog, which led then to Howard the Duck. Once they had the idea, however, they had to run it up the flagpole, and fortunately for them the guy at the top of that flagpole was Marvel Studio president Kevin Fiege. Talking to Empire, Gunn said:
Fred and I thought it was hilarious, but we weren’t sure that Kevin Feige would go for it. But we told Kevin, and Kevin couldn’t stop laughing. Every time he saw it, he was like, ‘We’re fucking crazy! We’re fucking crazy!’
If you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet, you really should rectify that situation, it’s one of the most entertaining, fun movies of the summer. Despite being dethroned last weekend by the hot mess of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it has still already grossed more than $330 million, so you don’t need to rush because it will be around for a while, but you still need to see this at least a couple of times.