James Gunn Provides a Look at Stan Lee’s Original Cameo from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and Explains Why It was Cut

     September 3, 2014


Yesterday, we reported that James Gunn had a different plan for Stan Lee’s Guardians of the Galaxy cameo.  For those who have seen the film, you know that Lee pops up fairly early in the film as a guy hitting on a young woman on Xandar.  In an Instagram post, Gunn explains he originally intended to have the scene play as “Rocket looks over and sees Cosmo the dog in one display case, Quill looks over into another display case and is surprised by a tentacle slapping against the glass, and Groot looks over and sees, in another display case, Stan Lee.”  Then Stan Lee would flip off Groot. It’s a cute gag and fits the irreverent tone of the rest of the film, but Gunn’s decision to cut it makes sense.

Hit the jump for Gunn’s explanation about why he removed Stan Lee’s original cameo from Guardians of the Galaxy, and to get a look at what the cameo would have looked like.

Gunn posted an image of the display case with a body double sitting in for Lee.  Lee wasn’t able to come to the U.K. for the shoot, so the plan was to digitally put his head on the double’s body.

But when it came to put it together, Gunn felt the joke was repetitive since Quill flips off the Nova Corps earlier in the movie, and I agree it was a wise decision to provide a different cameo on that basis.  However, he also mentions that “A couple of the guys at Marvel thought Stan Lee in a case was too broad of a joke in general, and that it took the audience out of the movie.”  That’s a poor argument since the Stan Lee always takes people out of the movie, but it’s only for a brief, amusing moment.

Gunn also made it clear that Lee flipping the bird had nothing to do with Disney’s standards and practices department.  “In a pretty typical case of Internet-journalism-telephone, articles online yesterday said that Disney forbade the scene because of standards,” said Gunn. “However, that’s incorrect – no one at Disney ever even saw the scene, and it was cut solely for creative reasons.”


Guardians of the Galaxy Stan Lee Original Cameo

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  • Vulcan

    I actually like that idea better than Stan’s cameo. Hopefully they will have some special for the DVD/Blue-ray to see everything in the Collector’s museum. I had trouble seeing a lot of things, and I can’t find a good site online that lists everything.

  • belovedwarlord

    That’s nonsense, that scene would’ve been a thousand times better than the one we got. If flipping the bird is repetitive then have him do something else.

    • World’s Finest Comments

      Agreed. Just have him stick his tongue out instead, that seems like something Lee would actually do too.

  • World’s Finest Comments

    Had to post a picture of Edgar Wright too while you’re at it huh? Just grind some salt and lemon juice in the wound while you’re at it.

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    It would have been WAY better to have Stan Lee in the Collector’s exhibits!!! Why does he have to be flipping the bird? He could have been shouting for rescue, crying, or even sitting resigned to his fate. It still would’ve been awesome. The Cosmo moment was already humorous, so having Stan Lee there wouldn’t have hurt. Ah well, the movie was still awesome.

    • KevinThePilgrim

      Or drawing spider-man comics, haha.

    • KevinThePilgrim

      Or drawing spider-man comics, haha.

  • mattinacan

    I find the Stan Lee cameos jarring, and they take me completely out of the film. I like the scene they went with, it was subtle. I thought it was perfect.

  • unsocial

    Funny how someone tries to assert that the finger was against Disney’s morality code despite the fact that there is a scene in the movie with someone flipping the bird. Sorry internet you need to do better than that.

  • TigerFIST

    Edgar Wright

    • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

      I tell you, I know Edgar, and that wasn’t Edgar. It was like something was wearing Edgar. Like a suit… An Edgar suit.

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