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James Gunn reassures fans that Bradley Cooper didn’t spoil ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

Was it confusion or a slip of the tongue?


Michelle Jaworski


Published Nov 10, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 4:23 pm CDT

Bradley Cooper’s mix-up of some Guardians of the Galaxy plot points and characters briefly made fans wonder if he’d spoiled the upcoming Marvel sequel.

Cooper, who voices Rocket Racoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, and his Burnt costar Sienna Miller sat down with MTV International to talk about their new movie. The interviewer eventually asked Cooper about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and he began talking about Josh Brolin’s Thanos right away—which was where he got into a bit of trouble.

“Josh Brolin’s the villain—or he’s the main villain, no?” he said. “He was in the first one, he played what’s his name’s dad. You know what I’m talking about? The Dark Lord—the main guy.”

He was referring to Thanos and Peter “Star Lord” Quill (Chris Pratt) and appeared to be suggesting that Thanos is Peter’s father. From Miller’s reaction, it was clear that, while she might not have played a Marvel character yet, she was familiar with how tight security is at the studio.

“You just leaked a Marvel script, Bradley,” she told him.

There are a couple of things at work here. Cooper appeared to mix up Peter and Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), because he mentioned a scene in which Thanos yelled at Ronan for screwing up. He also mentioned that there was a sister there. Thanos had two daughters in the film, Gamora and Nebula, and the latter appeared in the aforementioned scene. As far as we know, Peter is an only child.

While it looks to be a simple case of Cooper mixing up his own movie, some fans worried that he had actually revealed the answer to one of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s biggest questions: Who is Peter Quill’s father?

But director James Gunn, who often chats with fans about his movies (as much as he can, anyway), quickly cleared up any confusion on Twitter. He had already said that Peter’s father won’t be the same character from the comics, but he further elaborated that Cooper didn’t actually reveal anything from the new film—because at the time that interview took place, he hadn’t received the new script yet.

If nothing else, Gunn might require Cooper to watch his own movie again before going on Marvel’s famed press tour for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

H/T Entertainment Weekly | Screengrab via Marvel Entertainment/YouTube

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*First Published: Nov 10, 2015, 4:48 pm CST