Fan theories; the wonderful and terrible thing about shows and films that have a large online following is the vast array of theories and speculation that surrounds them whilst they're off air. It's the marker of a successful piece of media that fans feel the need to engage with it even when there's little to no new information available, and something that most creators welcome.
However it's understandable if it all gets a bit much at times, especially when you're drawing from source material as rich and vast as the likes of the Marvel Comic Universe. There's a lot of pressure from all sides, with everyone having an opinion and a wish for what they want to see in the next iteration of their favorite franchise.
Perhaps no-one has been feeling this pressure so much as James Gunn, the director of last year's well loved and almost surprisingly successfully adapted Guardians of the Galaxy.
But unlike a lot of other franchise figureheads, Gunn hasn't been one to shy away from addressing said rumors, especially when it comes to speculation around the highly anticipated sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Last year Gunn blasted the popular theory that we'd get to see Bruce Banner / Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) appearing in [Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2](tag:1081113) as part of a Planet Hulk adaptation. He responded to the fan theory in a perhaps less than tactful manner, but one that certainly put a stop to the circulating rumors.
"I can answer that question very easily: it is absolute, 100% bullshit. It feels like a great relief to finally say this after all the dumb stuff on the Internet. There's not going to be a Planet Hulk movie, there was never going to be a Planet Hulk movie, there was never a plan for the Hulk to team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy – I wouldn't want the Hulk to team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy! And it's all a bunch of complete bullshit."
Well then. Sorry Hulk fans, not gonna happen. At least he's showing up in [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858) instead.
So, the most recent Guardians of the Galaxy related fan theory to come to light has been one surrounding the parentage of Star-Lord / Peter Quill (Chris Pratt). In the comics Quill's mother is the human Meredith Quill (played by Laura Haddock in the film) and his father is J'son / Jason of Spartax, Emperor of Spartoi (who turns out to be a bit of douche).
But Heroic Hollywood recently posited that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Star-Lord's father is in fact none other than the original Captain Marvel; Mar-Vell of the Kree.
This rumor gained a lot of credence due to the half-decent evidence provided to support it but, not one to just let us have our fun, Gunn put his foot down on the issue via his Facebook page in an extended post.
"All right. From this moment on I’m going to stop commenting on any rumors surrounding Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, because, eventually, someone is going to come up with a spoiler that has some truth to it. That said, the rumors surrounding Quill’s parentage at the present moment are completely false, and aren’t even close to the truth. I don’t know how people come up with this stuff, but it certainly isn’t through legitimate sources."
To be fair, making Captain Marvel Peter Quill's father doesn't make the biggest amount of sense, even if there's evidence there to support it if you look hard enough (at least it's more convincing than the rumor that his father is The Collector).
Gunn goes on to express his annoyance at the trend in fan culture to seek out answers prior to the films being released, and praised those who don't run in the speculation circles. Again, an understandable view to have, but why not let the fans have their fun?
"Also, I get the desire to get “scoops” on character inclusion and casting choices, etc. But since when is a plot spoiler a “scoop”? 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."
He signed off by saying that this is the last time he's going to comment on a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rumor, and that we're just going to have to wait until May 2017 when the film is set to be released before we get any answers to our questions.
He also left fans with a warning not to buy into these types of theories, as he terms them to be "likely full of shit".
"If you do pick up on some plot detail between now and then, be aware, A) They are likely full of shit, as has been everyone so far who has claimed to have had inside info, and B) We’re creating a film that doesn’t rely on plot twists to be an enjoyable experience. They’re only a very small part of what we’re cooking up for you."
So, if you do happen to bump into James Gunn between now and May 2017 best avoid asking him about those fan theories. And remember to take anything you hear with a pinch of salt until then.