Darth Vader, the most famous villain in Star Wars history, came pretty close to making a cameo appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy… As an action figure. There’s an interesting story about how the Dark Lord of the Sith would have factored into Marvel’s own space opera.
Marvel Studios President and Executive Producer Kevin Feige noted to Mashable that originally, the opening sequence of the movie was going to be significantly different. Instead of the tear-jerker prologue about how Peter Quill was abducted after his mother’s death by brain cancer, we were going to meet Quill already established as the space pirate Star-Lord. At first, we would only see Star-Lord in his mask, not knowing that he was human, but at one point, his Earth-based heritage was going to be revealed by means of a Darth Vader action figure:
“Always, we wanted to reveal at a certain point in the movie that Peter Quill was a human from Earth. And for a long time, I really thought it was going to be the greatest thing in the world that you’re in a spaceship and he’s talking to one of the alien characters and he knocks over his bag and one of the alien characters bends down and picks up and it was a Darth Vader action figure, goes, ‘What’s this?'”
So, what made them change their mind about having the Darth Vader action figure show up? Simple – James Gunn pitched in with a better idea that ultimately gave the movie its identity:
“To make a long story short, James Gunn was basically like, ‘I got a better idea. What if he had a Walkman and listened to music?’ And it was like, ‘Oh, that’s a million times better.’ Because the Star Wars thing was just a nerdy reference in a single moment, and obviously, the conceit of the music redefined the entire movie. “
And the rest is history, as the Walkman provided the backdrop to the movie’s array of chart-topping hits from the 1970s. While a Kenner Darth Vader action figure doesn’t appear in Guardians of the Galaxy, another Earth-based toy appears in its place – a Troll doll – so the idea was repurposed in a different way that even served as a minor plot point at the very end of the movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy is available to watch on home video formats.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 is still in theaters.
‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2’ Easter Eggs & Other References
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 has been out here in the states for a week. It’s no surprise that it was the number one movie this past weekend as fans were more than excited for the return of Star-Lord and the gang as they once again saved the galaxy. The film was flawed but fun, and had a great deal of heart as the concept of family was greatly explored throughout the film. Not only did it focus on Star-Lord as he learned who his real father was, but also his adoptive family the Guardians as they go through the normal pains and growths that any family goes through. Each member of the Guardians (and some new members) had great character arcs and overall, the film was incredibly entertaining.
This being a Marvel film, of course, it was loaded with Easter Eggs. Because this is a shared cinematic universe, almost every film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) references Marvel comics as well as other films within the same universe. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is no different as the film had a plethora of Easter Eggs related to Marvel comics, the MCU, and other things as well. Of course: Spoilers from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Let’s take a look at a few of them. Click Next to continue….