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.
In response to all the stories coming out, Bradley Cooper didn’t reveal anything. He just got the script and hasn’t read it yet. I promise.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 9, 2015
That has not been revealed and Bradley doesn’t know the main villain (or didn’t at the time of the interview). https://t.co/GwVa7jeIZM— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 9, 2015
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.