'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Meant to Include David Bowie as a Ravager

Saturday, 05 August 2017 - 6:05PM
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Saturday, 05 August 2017 - 6:05PM
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Meant to Include David Bowie as a Ravager
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Since his passing in January of last year, musical icon (and icon in general) David Bowie still had some presence in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy films, as Gunn was/is a huge Bowie fan. "Moonage Daydream" was on the first film's Awesome Mix Vol. 1, while "Suffragette City" appeared in the second film's marketing.

But Gunn and Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige originally planned to have Bowie physically appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Gunn said as much in a eulogy shortly after Bowie's passing, but it wasn't clear what role they'd planned to give him. Until now, when in one of his frequent Q&A sessions on social media, Gunn revealed he wanted Bowie to "play a member of Yondu's original crew" in the Ravagers.

For clarification, that would be the team who shows up at the end of Vol. 2 led by Sylvester Stallone's character of Stakar "Starhawk" Ogord, which was based on the original Guardians of the Galaxy team from 1969 (and which counted Yondu as a member). Stallone's team included a slew of cameos from Ving Rhames, Miley Cyrus, and Michelle Yeoh - a cameo from a Starman like Bowie would've fit perfectly, especially since that team will make more appearances in the MCU over the years.



But alas, it wasn't meant to be. Gunn and Marvel Studios had reached out to Bowie early in the film's production, and while it was clear by then that Bowie was growing ill, he still seemed healthy enough at the time and expressed interest in the cameo. Ultimately, he passed away a month before Vol. 2 began shooting. On Bowie's appearance, Gunn had said:

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"I told [Kevin Feige] nothing in the world would make me happier, but I heard from common friends he wasn't doing well. We heard back that he was okay and it could potentially happen. Who knows what that was about? But, for whatever reason, it made my Twitter revelation [of his passing] more of a surprise."
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At the very least, it's fortunate that Bowie still has a presence in the movies through his music, as Peter Quill's Awesome Mixtape became nearly as popular as the movie itself. If there's any comic book movie where Ziggy Stardust could've easily played a role, it was in the '70s rock-filled cosmos of Guardians of the Galaxy. 

Via: EW
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