Like its predecessor, Pacific Rim: Uprising is a film packed with blink-and-you'll-miss-it details, from kaiju action figures to news clippings to a nod to the Gundam franchise. Apparently, though, the film is missing one particular detail that genre film nerds probably would've enjoyed looking for: James Gunn.
Yes, the Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director and co-architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (he has an executive producer credit on Avengers: Infinity War and is presently charting the course of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3) revealed this week that director Steven S. DeKnight's sequel to Guillermo del Toro's monsters vs. robots slugfest almost featured him in a brief but likely memorable appearance that was ultimately left on the cutting room floor.
When Uprising pulled in nearly $30 million domestically over the weekend to dethrone Black Panther at the top of the domestic box office, Gunn sent out a tweet congratulating DeKnight on the film's opening and attached a photo of himself and his girlfriend, Sun Records actress Jennifer Holland, from the set.
Gunn doesn't specify how long his scene was supposed to be, but based on the party look this probably came from early in the film, when Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) is living in a half-ruined mansion, selling stolen jaeger parts and partying as often as possible.
Wherever he was supposed to turn up, we now have to hope that Gunn's deleted cameo emerges on the Uprising Blu-ray. Maybe he even took a few seconds to break out his famous Groot dance.