James Gunn reveals they originally planned to kill off Stan Lee in Guardians of the Galaxy

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Dec 22, 2014, 2:16 PM EST (Updated)

James Gunn revealed that the traditional cameo appearance made by Stan Lee in Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t supposed to end well for the Marvel Comics legend.

In a recent Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith, Gunn explained and elaborated on the rather, erm, explodingly dramatic turn of events that was originally meant to take place in Marvel's hit superhero movie.

Gunn was asked about the original Stan Lee cameo where he was going to be freed from one of the Collector’s (Benicio Del Toro, The Wolfman) glass prison chambers. He said: “He wasn’t going to be liberated. We were going to murder Stan Lee. Yeah, we killed him. That’s one of the main reasons why it’s not in the movie.”

Oh, really? Gunn explained in detail what the scene was originally supposed to be:

“Originally, when they walked through, they come into the Collector’s museum, and they walk in there. And they’re walking up there, and we look over and we see Cosmo, who growls at Rocket. And if you’ve ever read Guardians of the Galaxy, Cosmo and Rocket don’t like each other. Cosmo’s a space dog. And then they look over here, and Quill looked into this box that was full of steam, and this tentacle shoots out, and he jumps back. And he’s embarrassed and he’s scared in front of Gamora. And then, we went to another box, and Groot looks inside it, and it’s Stan Lee just sitting there.

“And we actually did two different versions. We did one where Stan Lee was just sitting there, and one where he looked at Groot and just gave him the finger. But it wasn’t really Stan Lee, because we were in England, and Stan’s an older gentleman, and he couldn’t make the trip. So we did it with a double. And then we were going to digitally replace his head with Stan’s head, which we were going to shoot later.

“But we weren’t sure if we should add it. Kevin thought it was a little bit too jokey. And then also we very clearly saw Stan Lee’s box exploding, when the thing explodes. And I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if Stan Lee’s … these are the kind of ideas that I would come up with and Marvel would say I think that’s Super James Gunn … but Stan Lee’s head is rolling into frame.’ And anyway, so we didn’t do that.”

Reading that, we’re kinda glad they didn’t go ahead with that extended, exploding cameo for Stan “The Man” Lee, just because there's the small fact that you're KILLING OFF STAN LEE! Though we're sure some of you will see the humor in it. What do you guys think of James Gunn's original plans for Stan Lee's cameo appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy? Should they have gone ahead with it, or are you glad they killed it off instead of Lee?

(via Comic Book)

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