“Guardians of the Galaxy” is arguably the most fun movie to come out in 2014, and it’s clear everyone involved put a lot of love into it. That’s why it should come as no surprise that there are a whole lot of great Easter eggs to be mined from the movie’s production.
Here are 10 off-the-beaten-path fun facts about “Guardians of the Galaxy” to make you fall in love with the movie even more.
Star-Lord’s ship is named after Alyssa Milano
If one thing can be said definitively about Peter Quill, it’s that he is a child of the ’80s. That’s why it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Peter named his spaceship after his girl crush, Alyssa Milano. Yes, really.
James Gunn wrote the soundtrack into the script
The fact that “Hooked On A Feeling” has been stuck in your head since you’ve seen “Guardians of the Galaxy” is something director James Gunn has been planning since the beginning. He reveals on Twitter that when he was writing the screenplay he “made a list of 500 70’s hits, whittled it to 120 & chose from that. I wrote all songs except 1 into the script.”
The first draft of “Guardians of the Galaxy” revealed Peter Quill’s father
One of the biggest remaining mysteries in “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the identity of Peter Quill’s father. According to /Film, Nicole Perlman actually did have that reveal in the original draft of the script. While there’s a chance the mysterious Papa Quill’s identity could change between versions of the story, chances are that it will remain the same. Spoil yourself at your own risk.
NASA says Peter Quill could survive after being exposed to space
Were you a little suspicious of the fact that Peter Quill (and Gamora, for that matter) survived after being exposed in space for somewhere around a minute? Both Gunn and Badass Digest have explained the science behind those scenes — beyond the fact that, you know, both Peter and Gamora have powers beyond the average human. Gunn says he talked to a NASA scientist when conceptualizing the scene where Quill was unprotected in space, and was told, “The answer is yes, for a short amount of time, if he had oxygen. And, without a mask, if he released all oxygen from his lungs, for a significantly shorter amount of time.” So there you have it, skeptics.
James Gunn is baby Groot
Baby Groot steals the show with his amazing dance to Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” at the end of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and it’s Gunn fans have to thank for that scene in more ways than one. In addition to conceptualizing and shooting the credits scene, he also lent his own dance moves to it. “I’m not motion-captured, but I’m motion-referenced and that is 100 percent me dancing,” Gunn tells Empire.
The Collector’s Knowhere base is loaded with cameos
In the Collector’s collection on Knowhere, viewers can catch glimpses of Howard the Duck (the first time), Cosmo the Dog, the creatures from “Slither,” Adam Warlock’s cocoon, a Chitauri soldier and “Guardians” stuntman Doug Robson as a Dark Elf. And just think, Gunn says this isn’t the only one of the Collector’s bases.
Sean Gunn improvised one of Rocket Raccoon’s best lines
It’s not much of a secret that Gunn’s brother Sean Gunn did the motion capture for the character of Rocket Raccoon and delivered his lines while “Guardians of the Galaxy” was filming. In fact, Bradley Cooper even copied a lot of Sean Gunn’s line deliveries because he liked Sean’s performance so much. But according to the director, the line “a bunch of jacka**es standing in a circle” was something Sean improvised while shooting, and it ended up being James Gunn’s favorite line in the film.
James Gunn’s dog has a cameo in the movie
Gunn loves his dog, Dr. Wesley von Spears, so much he made him a Twitter account. He also loves him so much that he wrote him a cameo into “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Von Spears appears as the holographic dog who is being walked by a little girl when Peter Quill first arrives on Morag. He also, apparently, is an ally of Ronan.
John Stamos and Kevin Bacon both heard their shout outs
Peter Quill gave hilarious nods to both John Stamos and Kevin Bacon in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and both actors have since seen and responded to their shout outs. The “Footloose” one still kills us every time.
— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) August 2, 2014
You don’t wanna get mixed up with a guy like me. I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel. So long, Dott. #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) August 2, 2014
There will be more Guardians from the comics coming in the sequel
In the comics, there are many more Guardians of the Galaxy than the six (including Yondu) who appear in this film. Gunn says on Twitter that there is “at least one more” Guardian who will appear in “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” which will be released on July 28, 2017.