Avengers: Infinity War appears to have surpassed its box office projections and it may have even beaten the opening weekend record held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has enthusiastically tweeted support for Infinity War all weekend, which is only fitting because the Guardians play a major role within the film. The MCU’s Guardians are closely linked to Gunn, and he personally made sure that their portrayal in Infinity War was consistent with his take on the characters. Over the weekend, Gunn opened up about which decisions were his and how he contributed to Marvel’s newest blockbuster.
**Spoiler Warning: There are minor spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War below**
When the Guardians make their first appearance in Infinity War, they are listening to The Spinners’ “The Rubberband Man.” Gunn confirmed that the song came from Peter Quill’s new Zune, which was given to him at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He also stated that the song was one of three he suggested to Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo.
Without giving too much away, Infinity War also advances the relationship between Star-Lord and Gamora. According to Gunn, the portrayal of their bond was something that he asked the Russos to change. Because the Russos agreed to his request, Gunn stated that Infinity War reflects the choices he intended for them.
Gunn also took the opportunity to share a few memories from the first Guardians of the Galaxy, including test footage of Chris Pratt in costume as Star-Lord,
He also shared a picture from the first scene that Pratt and Zoe Saldana filmed together.