James Gunn almost had a Skrull in Guardians Vol. 1, and wishes he could retool Ronan

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Aug 7, 2017, 11:28 AM EDT

Most fans would agree that Guardians of the Galaxy was pretty much a masterpiece, but there are a few things director James Gunn wishes he could do differently. Oh, and we almost met a Skrull well before Captain Marvel will introduce the alien race in 2019.

With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hitting shelves this week, Gunn has opened up about all manner of issues surrounding the first film in his proposed trilogy. During a Facebook Q&A with fans, Gunn said his only (minor) regret about the first film is the “messy villain plot stuff” surrounding Ronan’s arc in the story. He said Ronan’s story became muddled due to the input of Marvel Studios’ short-lived creative committee (comprised of Marvel folks like Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Quesada, and Dan Buckley). Those are talented folks, but Gunn said having too many cooks in the kitchen didn’t help iron our Ronan’s trajectory.

As far as things we didn’t see in Guardians Vol. 1, Gunn reveals he "almost" added a Skrull to the cast — and Marvel was actually happy to oblige. Gunn initially included a Skrull as a member of Yondu’s Ravagers crew, but cut it to simplify the amount of easter eggs and story elements (turns out he has to cut a lot, because he’s a fan of those easter eggs). Here’s an excerpt from what he told Cinema Blend:

“I think it’s all a matter of how many things you have in a movie. I find that one of the things with writing these movies is that they start off incredible complicated, and then I have go, ‘Uhhhh’ and cut some of this great stuff… So often times there’s a lot of different elements, whether it’s scenes or characters or cameos or whatever, you end up cutting down, down, down, down until you get to what the movie is. Because there’s an elegance in the simplicity that’s incredibly important in these movies, because they are complicated! They’re in outer-space, we don’t know where they are, there’s a lot of characters, so how do you cut that down to what the most necessary components of the stories are?”

Of course, the Skrulls will now play a key role in Captain Marvel’s solo debut, with Carol Danvers intervening in the Kree-Skrull War. Do you wish we’d gotten a peek at the Skrulls early? Agree that Ronan’s story was kid of “meh”?


(Via Cinema Blend, James Gunn)