'Guardians of the Galaxy' Almost Included a Darth Vader Action Figure

Thursday, 29 June 2017 - 8:35PM
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Guardians of the Galaxy
Thursday, 29 June 2017 - 8:35PM
'Guardians of the Galaxy' Almost Included a Darth Vader Action Figure
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The Guardians of the Galaxy films have managed to stand out in two ways, by 1) being really good, and 2) being the only space operas full of awesome 70s rock songs. But Star-Lord's music was never in the original draft, with an odd Star Wars shout out in its place.

Speaking to Mashable during an interview about Spider-Man: HomecomingMarvel Studios head Kevin Feige also revealed his original plans for Guardians of the Galaxy. Apparently, in order to show what a 1970s pop culture junkie Peter Quill was, the movie was supposed to include a scene of Quill dropping a Darth Vader action figure in front of an alien, who'd of course be confused by the strange spaceman toy. Feige explains:

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"I really thought it was going to be the greatest thing in the world that you're in a spaceship and he's talking to one of the alien characters and he knocks over his bag and one of the alien characters bends down and picks up and it was a Darth Vader action figure, goes, 'What's this?'"
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This plan went back even before Disney bought Lucasfilm, a move that would have made this crossover easy (since you know, Disney now owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm). It was finally scrapped when director James Gunn pitched a different idea - what if, instead of just an action figure, Peter Quill had a bunch of classic rock music instead? And thus, Star-Lord's now iconic Walkman was born. Feige continues:

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"To make a long story short, James Gunn was basically like, 'I got a better idea. What if he had a Walkman and listened to music?' And it was like, 'Oh, that's a million times better.' Because the 'Star Wars' thing was just a nerdy reference in a single moment, and obviously, the conceit of the music redefined the entire movie."
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Once Feige's story got some traction on the internet, Gunn saw and confirmed that yes, there was almost a toy Sith Lord in the first Guardians of the Galaxy:



Ultimately, it sounds like the movie was much better off using "Hooked on a Feeling" and Quill's Awesome Mixtape Vol. 1 to show how into pop culture he was, instead of the toy Vader. Don't get us wrong: a "Star-Lord learns about the prequels" joke could have been funny down the road, and Darth Vader's "I am your father" line would have certainly come up when Star-Lord's father Ego revealed his plans in Vol. 2.

But it would have replaced the music, and Guardians of the Galaxy just wouldn't be the enormously successful franchise it became without the music.

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