On Tuesday, Heroic Hollywood’s Umberto Gonzalez claimed that Peter’s father was none other than Captain Mar-Vell, a Kree soldier who was also known as the original Captain Marvel in the Marvel comics. The character is completely different from Carol Danvers, the current Captain Marvel in the comics (and the Marvel Cinematic Universe), who will be getting her own film in 2019.
The MCU hasn’t yet introduced Captain Mar-vell or anyone resembling him, so this rumor was way out of left field—even more so than the mix-up from Bradley Cooper that caused some fans to briefly believe that Thanos was Peter’s father.
Gunn, who stays fairly engaged with fans on social media, quickly wrote up a Facebook post denying the Heroic Hollywood report. But he also promised that this would be the last time he’d squelch a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rumor until the film’s release. At some point, he wrote, there will be an accurate rumor; he doesn’t want to give them away by failing to debunk them.
Gunn also zoomed out to talk about spoilers in general. While he knows that people want news, he doesn’t understand why fans want to read about movie spoilers.
“Since when is a plot spoiler a ‘scoop’?” Gunn wrote. “Is this really what fandom wants to know? Plot details in movies ahead of time? I got in this business because I love movies, and I think most film journalists are the same way. And spoiling plot details doesn’t add to the enjoyment of the film-going experience. So bravo to those folks out there who don’t partake in this sort of thing.”