17 Times James Gunn Had to Correct People on Twitter About ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
It’s not easy directing a Marvel movie. You’ve got to manage hundreds of creative people, appease your bosses at the studio, and deliver something that is fun for casual fans and hardcore comics nerds alike. If you’re James Gunn, in between doing all of that you also have to constantly correct the inaccurate speculation about your film.
For a while now, ScreenCrush has made a habit of verifying the accuracy of the many rumors about big-time blockbusters that circulate around the internet. Our piece about false Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rumors was a little bit different than the rest though, because in that case Gunn was the one actively debunking many of the biggest rumors about his own franchise.
In fact, Gunn’s Twitter debunks date back to the days of the original Guardians. Here he is in October of 2013, many months before the first GotG hit theaters:
@GWWCapesCrew @CBBrainSplatter @elmayimbe What in the world? What tweet are you talking about? That is completely not true.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 25, 2013
And here’s one from 2014, clarifying that Nathan Fillion was not playing Nova.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 21, 2014
(Later, Gunn would be called upon to explain that, no, he didn’t hate Nova just because he hadn’t shown up in the franchise yet.)
@matthewgorsuch No it’s not true
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 25, 2017
Although Gunn has been a very straight shooter with fans, they still don’t believe him from time to time:
“@DrunkenShots: Still wondering if Captain Marvel will appear in #GoTG2" Getting this a lot this morning. As I said months ago, no, sorry.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 7, 2015
That was especially true of the mystery around Star-Lord’s father. Fans had been trying determine his identity since the end of Guardians 1, and some wouldn’t take no for an answer:
I’ve already said no. I’ve never once lied to the public, never will. And no he isn’t ‘something ancient’. https://t.co/nSizuazzdT
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 29, 2015
J'son is not Peter's father in the MCU. https://t.co/nANfd2OJZC
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 10, 2015
Sometimes sites would post reports, Gunn would refute them, and then they would challenge him directly, seemingly arguing that they knew Gunn’s movie better than he did.
@heroichollywood 1000%. Never even an idea to me. But I already said that, didn’t I!? I mean, come on, guys.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 29, 2015
Pretty much any time a strange news story popped up online, he would have to clarify it, like when one site posted a story claiming that Guardians Vol. 2 was being made under the title Guardians 3000.
BTW – I'm getting a lot of questions – there is NO truth to the rumor GotG2 is called Guardians 3000. I don't know where @prodweek got that.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 22, 2015
Completely false. Dave & Momoa both tested for the role. We did concepts w/ both. Bautista won the role 100%. https://t.co/Bu1aMdHrUj
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 14, 2015
As Guardians 2 went into production, the frequency of the rumors increased:
Gunn remained remarkably patient through this whole process, though he did get occasionally (and understandably) exasperated:
Where do you guys get this nonsense? Who are all the people running around giving fake inside scoops to journalists? https://t.co/9abS5jGYcP
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 5, 2016
@_adamfarrell_ Last time this rumor went around I tried… only to discover that this is utter bullshit. Uber “Facts” my ass…
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 26, 2016
If the Marvel work ever dries up, Gunn could have pretty solid career as an internet fact-checker.
@garrett_s_hart Geez thanks. No that’s just mistaken. The guy just must have gotten wrong info somewhere
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 28, 2017
@cosmicbooknews We never shot the Collector for Vol 2. As I said more than a year ago he was never in the film.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 8, 2017
Not even the release of the movie stopped the flow of questions:
@goldennous I said five. I never said six.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 11, 2017
@rob_keyes I can deny (sorry)
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 8, 2017
Gunn’s been at this so long he’s starting to get old questions again. It’s like Groundhog Day, except in this version, every day someone wants to know if he’s hidden Nathan Fillion in a movie:
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 21, 2017
James Gunn has even debunked non-Guardians Marvel rumors.
Contrary to Internet rumors this morning I have never once had a conversation with Marvel about directing a Luke Cage or Iron Fist movie.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 9, 2011
For the love of Ego, please leave the man alone for a few months so he can write the script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
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