Let’s all take a moment and be thankful for James Gunn.
The director of Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel is a rare thing among comic book movie directors: he’s a guy who likes to let it all hang out.
His artistic influences and ideas, that is.
While other directors can often find themselves feeling overwhelmed by fan interest, James Gunn likes to keep an open dialogue with his fans, and will happily share his opinions on whatever big news is rocking the online community.
This extends to answering fan questions about his craft, which leads us to wonderful insights like this:
“Baby Groot is very unruly and would be a terrible dog walker.”
Truly, we are blessed to have this glimpse into the mind of such an artistic genius.
Also, his favorite flavor of pie is strawberry, proving that he can’t possibly be originally from this planet.
These questions were answered following a post from Gunn on his Facebook page, wherein he explained that, contrary to popular opinion, Baby Groot does not exist purely to sell toys.
According to Gunn, he started working with the idea of Baby Groot as he had a difficult time fitting the fully grown version of the character into the new movie, and the idea blossomed from considering how else he could approach Groot.
It also helps that everybody absolutely loved dancing Baby Groot at the end of Guardians.
With this explanation from Gunn came plenty more questions from fans, though, and bless him, Gunn saw fit to answer as many as he could.
It’s a wonder he gets anything done, considering how much time he’s on Facebook.
Some more wonderful insights from the Guardians director include an explanation as to why Star Lord’s father in Guardians 2 is going to be Ego the Living Planet rather than J’Sonn, as it is in the comics:
“I've said this many times before but, firstly, his name is "J'Sonn" and, secondly, the "Royal Father" trope is something that's in almost every space opera, including Star Wars, and I didn't think it needed to be explored again.”
Apparently there is a line that even James Gunn himself won’t cross when it comes to quirky science fiction storytelling. He’ll have a talking raccoon and a living baby tree, but an intergalactic leader who the majority of the audience will think is named “Jason” just won’t fly.
Gunn has also explained why we didn’t get more Baby Groot merchandise for the original Guardians of the Galaxy in the first place:
“It wasn't that the merch was caught off guard the first time around. It was that potted Baby Groot was a huge spoiler for the movie, so we didn't want to be advertising toys, etc, that spoiled the most emotional part of the movie.”
It’s wonderfully refreshing to have a franchise—particularly one that falls under the Marvel banner—that isn’t deliberately ruined by toy companies out to make a quick buck.
We’re looking at you, LEGO. Your movie playset names read like a list of spoilers for any upcoming film.
In the meantime, though, while hesitant to commit to a third Guardians film, James Gunn has noted that he has definitely begun considering what such a movie might be about:
“If I stick around I know the basics of what Vol 3 is.”
Here’s hoping Gunn does stick around, because if he puts this much care into everything he does, the Marvel universe will be all the richer for it.