Warning: Major Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Spoilers Ahead!
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been praised for both its comedic elements and the film’s exploration of serious topics, perhaps the most important being the theme of family. While Peter Quill/Star-Lord had finally found his biological father, Ego the Living Planet, the celestial being turned out to be less than altruistic. With a plan to consume the galaxy with extensions of himself, Ego’s mission was foiled by the Guardians, but not without loss Moments before the planet was about to explode, Yondu, the man who took Quill under his wing after collecting him from Earth, sacrificed his own life so Peter could live. In an interview with Uproxx, director James Gunn revealed that he was hesitant to include Yondu’s death and explained why his sacrifice was important for the film.
Gunn revealed the he was so reluctant to write Yondu’s death that the film originally had a different ending.
“I didn’t want that to be the ending, and I kind of refused to put that in as the ending for a long time. It wasn’t how the movie ended.”
Gunn explained why he later realized that Yondu’s death was necessary for the film.
“But, at the end of the day, I knew that’s where it needed to go. I knew that we need to have real stakes in these movies. We need to lose characters. And not everyone who sees Marvel movies loves that.”
Gunn also explained why it is sometimes necessary to lose favorite characters despite fan objections.
“They don’t love losing characters, but for the characters to really make a difference, to really make their lives mean something, you needs to have these kinds of losses.”
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Directed by James Gunn, the film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now playing in theaters!