Our favorite team of a-holes came together once again in this years Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and while the reception may not have surpassed that of the first, it was still a very enjoyable film with tons of humor and a fun story. Director James Gunn finally revealed who Starlord’s father was as Kurt Russel played Ego the Living Planet.
But the biggest standout from the film came from someone who initially wasn’t a part of the #GuardiansoftheGalaxy, and his name is #Yondu. Michael Rooker’s character was easily the best part of the film as Gunn gave him much more to do, along with a backstory involving his relationship with Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone) and the rest of the Ravagers.
James Gunn Reveals Fans' Major Gripe From The First Film
In a recent commentary , #JamesGunn shed some light on fan expectations from the character of Yondu. Here’s what he had to say:
“Yondu became a space pirate, and not a sort of Native American-inspired spiritual warrior that he is in the comics, but people very rarely get upset about any of that. It seemed like the one thing that people got upset about was Yondu’s small fin. They somehow thought it was important that Yondu had a big fin.”
Gunn is absolutely right about that. In the comics, Yondu definitely looked more Native American than Rooker’s portrayal. The comics showed Yondu carrying around a large bow and arrow complete with a big red fin. Surprisingly enough, this is where the majority of the negative responses came from. It wasn’t about Yondu’s overall appearance. Instead, it was just the fin (or lack thereof) displayed on the top of his forehead.
Gunn continued discussing the controversy over Yondu’s fin. He listened to the fans and basically gave them what they had asked for in the sequel:
“I don’t understand what comics fans get upset about over something else they don’t get upset about. That something so physical and small would be the thing they’d get upset about, but they did — and in a nod to the fans, who I’m appreciative towards, we gave them the big fin.”
Though it appears Gunn is taking a jab at fans, at least he understands them and, as he stated, is appreciative of their enthusiasm. Gunn isn’t one of those directors who avoids criticism. If fans speak up, Gunn will listen, which is why he is one of those directors who is loved within the fan community. Thankfully, Gunn gave them what they asked for.
Die Hard Comic Book Fans Focus On Minor Details
There seems to be a growing trend where die-hard fans are, quite frankly, asking for too much. Instead of enjoying the film as a whole and watching it from an audience perspective, fans love to nit-pick and, in this case, get their way.
Comic book fans are especially fastidious and want their characters to go directly from the page to the big screen with little to no changes. Most people take issue with Zack Snyder’s new interpretation of the Batman. While Ben Affleck is arguably the best Bruce Wayne/Batman we’ve ever had on screen, fans had major qualms with him killing a few criminals.
Instead of understanding the story of how this Batman came to be (“Twenty years in Gotham. How many good guys are left? How many stayed that way?"), fans griped over the fact that this Batman killed, and this is one of the major reasons fans disliked Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Another, even more scrupulous example of obsession over minor discrepancies was the demand for Hugh Jackman to don his black and yellow spandex costume. Now while this may look great in the comics, it would never go over well on the big screen, even with Jackman’s acting chops. However, fans sort of got their wish when his costume was revealed in a deleted scene from The Wolverine, which you can watch below:
While it was a nice nod to the fans, there was no way Jackman was going to wear that costume. It would have done a disservice to the character and likely would have looked rather goofy.
We as fans have to understand the difference between a comic book and a movie interpretation of specific characters. It’s great that directors look at the source material first and then creatively decide to make it their own. That’s exactly what Gunn did with Yondu, and what other filmmakers have strived to do with other properties.
But what do you all think? Was James Gunn right to listen to the fans negative response towards Yondu’s small fin? I’d love to hear from all of you in the comment section below!