James Gunn reveals he was worried about Disney potentially removing big moment in Guardians 3

James Gunn expresses concern over potential removal of a major moment in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 by Disney (Image via Sportskeeda)
James Gunn expresses concern over potential removal of a major moment in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 by Disney (Image via Sportskeeda)

James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, has opened up about his concerns about a moment in the movie that he thought Disney might force him to remove.

Despite being given the creative freedom to tell the Guardians of the Galaxy story in the MCU, Gunn has had some experience with being directed on certain elements, such as the Thanos cameo and Infinity Stone backstory in the original Guardians of the Galaxy.

During an interview with JOE, James Gunn shared his thoughts on the historic F-bomb that was dropped in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The line, which was delivered by Chris Pratt's Star-Lord to Karen Gillan's Nebula on Counter-Earth, was not originally in the script but was something that Gunn improvised on set.

The director was worried that Disney might make him remove the line, but it ultimately made it to the final cut and marked the first-ever use of an F-bomb in a Marvel Studios project.


The unexpected rise of the F-bomb in James Gunn's Guardians Vol. 3

Chris Pratt's Star-Lord drops the first-ever F-bomb in a Marvel Studios project in Guardians 3, directed by James Gunn (Image via Marvel Studios)
Chris Pratt's Star-Lord drops the first-ever F-bomb in a Marvel Studios project in Guardians 3, directed by James Gunn (Image via Marvel Studios)

The F-bomb has become a hot topic in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Director James Gunn recently revealed that the infamous curse word was not originally in the script but was improvised on set by Chris Pratt's character, Star-Lord. He said:

"The F-bomb was something I was concerned about because it was so funny. So it was like, I didn't expect him to say that, it's not in the script. I said that to Chris Pratt over. I have a microphone so I can talk to Chris all the time when we're on set. And I said 'say...' and I told him to say that line. And he said it, and it was just so freaking funny on the day."

Gunn admitted that he was initially concerned about the line's appropriateness for the franchise and feared Disney might ask him to remove it. However, the moment was so funny that it made the final cut. He explained:

"But then a lot of the time things are funny on the day and you don't know if they're going to be funny in the cut. But we put it in the cut and it was just so damn funny. And I was like 'Oh man, Disney is going to make me take this out, aren't they?' They've never made me do anything. And I'm like, 'This is the first time they're gonna make me do something, and I'm going to be bummed out.'"

This perfectly-timed F-bomb couldn't have come at a better time. The Guardians franchise's fate was uncertain with James Gunn's recent move to DC Studios as their CEO. The upcoming Deadpool 3 movie will undoubtedly feature much adult language, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 beat it to the punch.

The MCU has been tiptoeing around the F-bomb for years, with censored attempts at dropping it in various films. However, with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever featuring the curse word in its script and Bradley Cooper's Rocket even blurting out a few, it seems the MCU may be loosening its grip on censorship.


Marvel Studios' approach to F-bombs: The Russo brothers vs. James Gunn

Marvel Studios' directors, the Russo brothers and James Gunn, have differing approaches when it comes to dropping F-bombs in the MCU (Image via Getty)
Marvel Studios' directors, the Russo brothers and James Gunn, have differing approaches when it comes to dropping F-bombs in the MCU (Image via Getty)

When it comes to dropping F-bombs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there appears to be a difference in opinion between the Russo Brothers and James Gunn. Gunn was more than willing to include the expletive in his film. He had previously discussed the matter with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.

On the other hand, the Russo Brothers were hesitant about including the MCU's first F-bomb in Avengers: Endgame. The movie's writers had originally intended for Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man to deliver the line in his final words to Thanos, but the Russos ultimately decided against it, as they didn't want the F-bomb to define their legacy:

"And Kevin Feige just said one day, I said 'What about that f-bomb?' And he's like, 'Well, you know, the Russo brothers had one in 'Avengers: Endgame' at one point. And, you know, it got a big applause, but at the end of the day, the Russo brothers were like. They didn't want that to be their legacy."

Despite James Gunn's initial concerns, Disney gave him the green light to include the F-bomb in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which makes it a historic moment for the MCU. The film is now playing in theaters worldwide.

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Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh