Superhero movies are a very particular genre of film. Because of the special place comic characters and settings have in fans' hearts, there are a ton of expectations going into each blockbuster. Everything from the costumes, dialogue, and props are picked apart, and judged on their authenticity to the source material. And because they're viewed with such a watchful eye, any continuity errors or goofs are usually noticed, and then promptly discussed on social media. Case in point: Guardians of the Galaxy. In particular, Star-Lord's tape player inside The Milano.
Guardians of the Galaxy begins by telling the story of Peter Quill/ Star-Lord's abduction as a child. All that keeps Peter tethered to his lost human life is his awesome mix tape. But how exactly did he get a large tape player in space? He only had his portable one when he was abducted. Luckily for us, the always responsive James Gunn has cleared up any confusion on his Twitter.
And that, ladies and gents, is why James Gunn is such a treasure. He's happy to answer any minor question about his work, but he's also going to do make fun of you a bit in process.
With TV and audiences now becoming cued into the process of filmmaking, they're cognizant of any mistakes that might occur. While just a few years ago, movies could get away with a plot hole or continuity error, the internet has changed things. People are eager to point out the missteps in movies, leading to questions about the origin of Star-Lord's Milano tape player. Alas, James Gunn had a perfectly plausible answer. And it's not like James Gunn and his co-writer were about to insert an expositional line about a damn tape player in Guardians. That would have been ridiculous.
It should be interesting to see what Star-Lord's second mixtape is like for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Awesome Mix Vol. 1 was one of the more iconic aspects of the first film. But a new movie needs a new soundtrack, and we can only hope that the second mixtape is as hilarious as the first. The juxtaposition between intergalactic superheroics and 70's jams was hilariously bizarre, and it's something that will be needed when the sequel hits theaters.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will fly into theaters May 5th, 2017.