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MCU: 10 Things You Might Not Know About GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

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1. James Gunn, the writer & director of both Guardians Of The Galaxy films to date, revealed in a Facebook post that he originally wanted to use Sneepers, a green-skinned semi-humanoid alien race that first appeared in Marvel Comics Tales of Suspense #49 in January 1964, as background characters in the sequel but was advised against it by Marvel's legal department because the name was too similar to snípur, the Icelandic word for clitoris.

The Marvel legal department later cleared the use of Sneepers in the film, in part because of all the media coverage Gunn's initial post received.

2. Ypu may know that although Bradley Cooper is the voice of Rocket Racoon in the Guardians Of The Galaxy films it is Sean Gunn who provides the motion capture (the director's brother also plays Kraglin). Older brother James got in on the act for Guardian's Of The Galaxy Vol 2 when he choreographed and served as the motion-capture model for Baby Groot's dance during the opening credits sequence. He posted a couple of small clips of him doing so (below) and noted that it took the visual effects team nearly two years to complete the CG rendering of the scene for the final film.

3. During that opening sequence, the sensor that Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) uses to detect the extra-dimensional creature is actually a modified 1977 Mattel handheld "Electronic Football" video game. Selling over one million units, this was one of the hottest items of Christmas 1977. The beep at the beginning is the "touchdown" sound, whilst the other beeps are the sound of the ball moving down the field.

4. After the death of David Bowie in January 2016, Gunn said that there had been discussions for Bowie to appear in the film as a member of Yondu's original crew.

5. Included in Stacker and Yondu's old team are the CGI characters Krugarr and Mainframe, with the latter voiced, in an uncredited cameo, by Miley Cyrus

6. For Stan Lee's cameo in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 he appears as an informant to the Watchers, discussing previous adventures that include his cameos in other MCU films, specifically mentioning "that time I was a Federal Express man" (in Captain America: Civil War). This was done to acknowledge the fan theory that Lee may be portraying the same character in all his cameos, with Gunn noting that,
"People thought Stan Lee is a Watcher and that all of these cameos are part of him being a Watcher. So, Stan Lee as a guy who is working for the Watchers was something that I thought was fun for the MCU."
Marvel's Kevin Feige added,
"Stan Lee clearly exists, you know, above and apart from the reality of all the films. So the notion that he could be sitting there on a cosmic pit stop during the jump gate sequence in Guardians...really says, so wait a minute, he's this same character who's popped up in all these films?"
Lee filmed several different versions of the scene, including an alternative where he references his role in Deadpool, which would have been the first acknowledgment of the X-Men film series by an MCU film. This was long before Disney, who own Marvel, acquired Fox though, so the idea was nixed.

As for the cameo that was used, James Gunn later admitted that given Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 is set before the events of Civil War he...
"...screwed up! I wasn't thinking. But I'm going to say that probably Stan Lee used the guise of a Fed Ex guy more than one time."

7. According to the visual effects artists, Ego's planet contains one trillion polygons. At the time of the film's release, this was considered to be the biggest visual effect ever made.

8. James Gunn revealed that he planned to introduce Adam Warlock in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2, but decided to remove the character due to the film "getting too busy", explaining,
" of the main things with Guardians of the Galaxy is not to add a bunch of characters, not to make it bigger in that way but to go deeper with the characters... and getting to know them more emotionally... everything is just getting too sprawling and too crazy for me in these superhero comic book movies.
I adored what we had done with him. I think we did something really creative and unique with Adam Warlock. But it was one character too many and I didn't want to lose Mantis and Mantis was more organically part of the movie anyway."
Although he doesn't actually appear in the movie, Adam Warlock's future introduction is hinted at in one of the film's mid-credits scenes. A furious Ayesha, the gold-plated leader of the Sovereign played by Elizabeth Debicki, vows she will have her revenge on the Guardians and unveils a golden cocoon containing the ultimate weapon, saying: “I think I will call him Adam.”

Gunn noted that Marvel gave him "some blowback" for including the Warlock teaser because they felt fans would believe the character would be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, which was not the case, and asked him to either remove it or use his social media presence to clarify for fans that the character would not be seen in either of the Avengers films. Which he did.

9. Talking of Infinity War, to quell rumours that Michael Rooker's character Yondu was to die in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2, Rooker spent time on the set of the Avengers film, supposedly filming alongside several of the cast on publicly visible sets.

10. During the end credits, Jeff Goldblum has a brief cameo when he can be seen dancing as his Grandmaster character. This wasn't just a nice nod to the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, where Goldblum's Grandmaster properly debuted six months later, but also the character is directly linked to the Guardians franchise as the Grandmaster is the brother of Benicio del Toro's Collector from the first Guardians of the Galaxy.

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