James Gunn has been responsible for everything the Guardians of the Galaxy do in the MCU, and it’s been years since the release of Avengers: Infinity War, but only now is Gunn opening up about what he didn’t like about how that film treated the Guardians—specifically Peter Quill.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Gunn says, “They did some things that I wouldn’t have wanted,” specifically pointing out the scene where Star-Lord hesitates to kill Gamora and him punching out Thanos when he was held down, ultimately resulting in the team failing to remove the Infinity Gauntlet from him.
In the movie’s defense, Quill still tried to kill Gamora, but it really was his outburst that led to Thanos’ win on Titan. Admittedly, a lot of people have been using this scene to justify why Star-Lord is the worst, but I imagine any one of the characters would have been the most hated if the writers made it their fault. I guess it was ultimately Peter had that the most at stake when it came to the loss of Gamora.
We don’t know what else was changed with the Guardians Vol. 3 script after Gunn was fired and re-hired, but I imagine he was still planning to have Rocket’s story come full circle. I’m sure everyone is curious what the movie would have looked like if Gunn was always onboard, but if he wasn’t fired, I imagine he would never have been hired to co-lead DC Studios for WB.
For now, watch out for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 which comes to theaters on May 5.