Gunn posted a series of photos on Facebook taken from the set while recreating the town of St. Charles, Missouri, circa 1980, glimpsed in the beginning of the film when Ego (Kurt Russell) romances Peter Quill's mom, Meredith (Laura Haddock). Although we did see some Easter eggs from that set before -- most notably the posters for a movie starring Simon Williams (aka Wonder Man).
Gunn had this to say about the photos:
"Oh we worked so hard on the street of St. Charles, Missouri (though actually filmed in Atlanta). In addition to the Simon Williams movie posters I posted online a while back, we also had all of these cool businesses -- each named after an Marvel Comics artist or writer important to Guardians lore, or after something in the Marvel Universe itself."
And sure enough, here are some of the cool little references you didn't get to see:
The Mantlo Gourmet Cheese Shop, named after Rocket Raccoon creator Bill Mantlo:
A place called Lannings, named after Andrew Lanning, co-creator of the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic book that rebooted the team and provided the template for the movies:
Abnett Kitchen Supplies, named after 2008 Guardians co-creator Dan Abnett:
Giffen's Attic, named after artist Keith Giffen, who worked with Mantlo on Rocket:
Starlin Furniture, named after the legendary Marvel writer and artist Jim Starlin, creator/co-creator of Drax, Gamora, and Thanos:
A sporting goods store bearing the (slightly misspelled) name of Steve Englehart, another famous comic book writer who worked for Marvel in the 1970s:
A store called the Healing Hand, which was a New Age shop in the comics that was a front for a secret Hydra base:
Here's the It's About Time boutique, which we can't quite figure out ... if you know what the connection is, let us know below!
And here's Gunn himself with actor Gregg Henry, who played Grandpa Quill:
If there's one thing James Gunn knows, it's his Marvel lore, and even though a lot of this stuff didn't end up in the finished movie, it's great to see it now and just know that it's in there. He's also terrific at sharing these things with the fans. Hopefully there's more to come in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ...