Five years on, and James Gunn is still hooked on a feeling.
The esteemed director has recently expressed his desire to re-release his critically-acclaimed first Marvel Studios film, Guardians of the Galaxy, with additional scenes featuring music that he wished he didn’t have to cut.
His desire to re-release GotG surfaced as he was answering fan questions on Twitter regarding his song choices for his movies so far. He expressed “regret” for cutting one particular montage of Electric Light Orchestra’s Livin’ Thing, and would be something he’d definitely include if he were given the chance to re-release GotG.
Fans have also asked whether there are Director’s Cuts of GotG, to which Gunn clarified, saying that the original films “are” the Director’s Cuts, meaning to say that a lot of thought was put in shelling out the final film that we’ve grown to love today.
Guardians of the Galaxy was, and still is, hailed as one of the greatest-ever movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, combining action-packed space adventures with the likes of affable personalities in Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), and Dave Bautista (Drax), combined with a smattering of timeless ’60s, ’70s and ’80s hits, including Escape (The Piña Colada Song), as well as Blue Swede’s Hooked on a Feeling.
No doubt, it was a tough choice to leave out the likes of Livin’ Thing and Three Dog Night’s Never Been to Spain for whatever reason, be it creative or financial. As James Gunn moves on to filming Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 sometime in 2021, many will be hopeful these initial omissions get included in the third iteration of Marvel Studios’ spacefaring adventure
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.