Your eye goes right to the villain. It's impossible not to. This massive, tentacled creature in the center of the new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 image -- the one with the terrifying teeth -- looks ready to devour our favorite heroes. Only then do we start paying attention to Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Drax (Dave Bautista) and the team ... and we hardly notice that something's wrong. First, let's reshare the image:
Did you catch it yet? The Guardians of the Galaxy appear to be breathing in space. And Twitter being what Twitter is, Marvel fans started calling Gunn out on it. "Everyone can breathe in space now?" Stephen Moitie asked. Perhaps he was just clarifying, because this would be an upgrade over the previous movie. Only, Gunn was having none of it, playfully replying to this Marvel follower:
Well, it likely didn't slow down any time soon. Because the following day, still being pestered by fans about the Guardians' ability to breathe in space, he posted on social media once again:
Really, guys? This is what you want to talk about? James Gunn and Marvel show off a spectacular and deadly new space creature that will cause all kinds of headaches for our beloved team of oddballs, and you guys only want to ask why the superheroes are able to breathe in space? Not one mention of Baby Groot!! I'm ashamed, Marvel Kids. Look at how happy this lil' dude is!
The one reason I can understand why Guardians fans might consider this a sticking point is because there's a long scene in the original Guardians of the Galaxy where Peter (Chris Pratt) risks his life to save Gamora (Saldana), and needs to use his helmet -- only, he trades his mask with Gamora, despite Rocket's warning that he'll die "in seconds." So, you know, not breathing in space is canon.
You buy James Gunn's explanation, right? This is a scene that takes place in the evening, in a location where the Guardians can breath. No big deal. Stop bothering him. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will kick off the summer blockbuster season on May 5, 2017, where all of your questions will be answered. Hopefully.
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