James Gunn on Avengers: Infinity War moment that he "begged" for
Guardians of the Galaxy vol 3 spoilers follow.
Guardians of the Galaxy vol 3 director James Gunn has revealed what scene he begged Marvel Studios to include in Avengers: Infinity War.
The Avengers team-up films often include big character moments for the various heroes in-between their own MCU entries, and while sometimes those moments can take the franchise's directors and writers by surprise – Gunn didn't know Thor joined the Guardians at the end of Endgame, for example – there are times they can request certain plot beats get hit.
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For Gunn, that was the first kiss between Peter Quill and Gamora happening in Infinity War as they discuss what to do about Thanos. Speaking to the New York Times, he revealed how he really pushed for that moment to happen.
"I begged them to have that kiss in the movie, because it was necessary to really cement their relationship," he explained. "I had a kiss in vol 2 that I cut – it was awesome, but it came in a weird time.
"At the end of vol 2, you establish the fact that they have feelings for each other pretty distinctly, but in Infinity War, we needed to establish that they were now boyfriend-girlfriend and this was a normal thing for them. It wasn't really about the kiss, it was about showing that they were now a couple."
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Another big thing the recent Avengers film did was to kill off current Gamora and bring past Gamora forward in time. Since she doesn't know Peter, they don't have a relationship. A big part of vol 3 was Peter acknowledging that their relationship wasn't going to be as it was, and letting her go.
"It's something we do a lot in relationships anyway: we expect someone who reminds us of somebody from the past to be that somebody from the past," Gunn explains. "Especially with women, Peter Quill defines people around him to suit his own needs as opposed to really looking and seeing who they actually are as human beings. And Gamora is just not the same Gamora. She's a different person."
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 is in cinemas now. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 and Vol 2 and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special are streaming on Disney+.
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