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01.07.2015

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While being interviewed on The Movie Crypt podcast, director James Gunn talked a bit about which Marvel characters he was interested in using in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, but couldn't due to legal reasons. Gunn says Bug (also known as "Galactic Warrior") and the cyborg Rom: Spaceknight probably would have made it into the film if Marvel owned the rights, as well as the reptilian alien species the Badoon.

There's characters that I've been interested in that I'm not allowed to use but I won't go so far as to say I definitely would have had them. There was a really good chance Bug was going to show up in the first movie but we do not own him... but, anyway, that was going to happen, perhaps. Listen, I really love Rom: Spaceknight, as everyone at Marvel knows because they've given me Rom stuff... but we don't own Rom. I would love for Rom: Spaceknight to show up because I love his story, I love the way he looks, I love everything about him...There are other characters, but basically, some characters we can work around and we can use. Listen, I wanted to use the Badoon, but the Badoon we don't own... they're really interesting. They would be like the cannon fodder guys who were like the Sakaaran in my movie... I wrote them as Badoon but I just did a search-replace-Sakaaran when I found out we didn't have Badoon. It was strangely late in the process when I found that out. They were designed as Badoon.

Bug Rom: Spaceknight The Badoon

It's not like Bug, Rom and the Badoon are well-known Marvel characters, so I doubt most of you are disappointed they didn't appear in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Although it would have been awesome to see what James Gunn would have done with them, I'm pretty sure Marvel still has plenty of other characters Gunn will be able to use in the sequel.

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8:58PM on 01/07/2015
I really love how genuinely into it James Gunn sounds every time he talks Marvel, that he does have a genuine investment in the assignment and isn't just a "hired gunn".
I really love how genuinely into it James Gunn sounds every time he talks Marvel, that he does have a genuine investment in the assignment and isn't just a "hired gunn".
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7:34PM on 01/07/2015
Oh I am sorely disappointed that Bug didn't make it into the movie. Also, the Sakaarans don't really look like Sakaarans at all.
Oh I am sorely disappointed that Bug didn't make it into the movie. Also, the Sakaarans don't really look like Sakaarans at all.
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6:40PM on 01/07/2015
Rom would have been cool!
Rom would have been cool!
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5:40PM on 01/07/2015
For those asking who owns what and why they couldn't appear. Rom: Spaceknight was a toy created by Parker brothers. They licensed it to Marvel to create a comic line. The Badoon were for some inexplicable reason part of the Fox deal with the mutants. Which makes absolutely no sense but it is what it is. Bug was actually another toy to comic line. The Micronauts were a toy line that like Rom got made into a comic series. Bug was created and introduced in that, so since Marvel licensed Micronauts
For those asking who owns what and why they couldn't appear. Rom: Spaceknight was a toy created by Parker brothers. They licensed it to Marvel to create a comic line. The Badoon were for some inexplicable reason part of the Fox deal with the mutants. Which makes absolutely no sense but it is what it is. Bug was actually another toy to comic line. The Micronauts were a toy line that like Rom got made into a comic series. Bug was created and introduced in that, so since Marvel licensed Micronauts from someone else and created Bug for that series, the holding company that owns Micronauts now own Bug.
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7:13AM on 01/08/2015
Well, the Badoons fought the X-Men and the Shi'Ar numerous times. This might explain it...
Well, the Badoons fought the X-Men and the Shi'Ar numerous times. This might explain it...
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4:56PM on 01/07/2015
For those asking - ROM is owned by Parker Brothers, which is a subsidiary of Hasbro. I'm not so sure he's right about Bug, though.
For those asking - ROM is owned by Parker Brothers, which is a subsidiary of Hasbro. I'm not so sure he's right about Bug, though.
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3:13PM on 01/07/2015
ROM was my favorite Marvel comic as a kid. The toy failed, but the comic lasted around five years. It was great. Marvel needs to license that back.
ROM was my favorite Marvel comic as a kid. The toy failed, but the comic lasted around five years. It was great. Marvel needs to license that back.
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11:41AM on 01/07/2015
Apparently Parker Brothers owns the rights to ROM. He was created as a toy first and Parker Brothers acquired the rights and then licensed him to Marvel to create the comic to drum up interest. Since the toy failed, wonder why Marvel has yet to snatch that up?
Apparently Parker Brothers owns the rights to ROM. He was created as a toy first and Parker Brothers acquired the rights and then licensed him to Marvel to create the comic to drum up interest. Since the toy failed, wonder why Marvel has yet to snatch that up?
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11:40AM on 01/07/2015
Why would these characters be part of any other deal? I could see the Skrulls being bundled with the Fantastic Four, and maybe the Shi'ar with the X-Men, but the fucking Badoon? They're purely cosmic. So unless there are long-standing deals other than the ones with Fox and Sony... I'm just very confused.
Why would these characters be part of any other deal? I could see the Skrulls being bundled with the Fantastic Four, and maybe the Shi'ar with the X-Men, but the fucking Badoon? They're purely cosmic. So unless there are long-standing deals other than the ones with Fox and Sony... I'm just very confused.
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10:59AM on 01/07/2015
"It's not like Bug, Rom and the Badoon are well-known Marvel characters" - Interestingly, I only know what Rom looks like (not who he is) coz my brother bought a random issue back in the 1980's for some unknown reason. 25 or so years on...it all makes sense now - perhaps my brother's future self bought it so I could understand this story today ;o)
"It's not like Bug, Rom and the Badoon are well-known Marvel characters" - Interestingly, I only know what Rom looks like (not who he is) coz my brother bought a random issue back in the 1980's for some unknown reason. 25 or so years on...it all makes sense now - perhaps my brother's future self bought it so I could understand this story today ;o)
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10:42AM on 01/07/2015
I echo the question asked below: Who owns them? As far as I'm aware Marvel is only missing Spiderman,X-men, and F4 and they just don't feel like they belong with any of those three. Well....maybe F4
I echo the question asked below: Who owns them? As far as I'm aware Marvel is only missing Spiderman,X-men, and F4 and they just don't feel like they belong with any of those three. Well....maybe F4
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10:09AM on 01/07/2015
I was a huge ROM fan as a kid. I even wrote a ROM script once. Him vs, the Dire Wraiths...would have been awesome...Would have loved to see him on the big screen. if not in a Guardians movie, maybe in his own...
I was a huge ROM fan as a kid. I even wrote a ROM script once. Him vs, the Dire Wraiths...would have been awesome...Would have loved to see him on the big screen. if not in a Guardians movie, maybe in his own...
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10:07AM on 01/07/2015

the question is...

WHO THE FUCK OWN THEM ??
I mean, it's not like they're part of other big franchises... (Well, Bug is part of the Micronauts, and that's not directly tied to Marvel... Wasn't it Mattel's ?).
WHO THE FUCK OWN THEM ??
I mean, it's not like they're part of other big franchises... (Well, Bug is part of the Micronauts, and that's not directly tied to Marvel... Wasn't it Mattel's ?).
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10:00AM on 01/07/2015

the question is...

WHO THE FUCK OWN THEM ??
I mean, it's not like they're part of other big franchises... (Well, Bug is part of the Micronauts, and that's not directly tied to Marvel... Wasn't it Mattel's ?).
WHO THE FUCK OWN THEM ??
I mean, it's not like they're part of other big franchises... (Well, Bug is part of the Micronauts, and that's not directly tied to Marvel... Wasn't it Mattel's ?).
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9:47AM on 01/07/2015
After how well Guardians of the Galaxy turns out, I'm sure Marvel will give him loads of character to use.
After how well Guardians of the Galaxy turns out, I'm sure Marvel will give him loads of character to use.
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9:14AM on 01/07/2015
I'm just really curious to see who Star Lord's father is (if Gunn is indeed throwing us a curveball) and who will be playing him.
I'm just really curious to see who Star Lord's father is (if Gunn is indeed throwing us a curveball) and who will be playing him.
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9:25AM on 01/07/2015
I doubt its a curveball - He's prevalent in the comics
I would love to see Bill Pullman play him

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I doubt its a curveball - He's prevalent in the comics
I would love to see Bill Pullman play him

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10:07AM on 01/07/2015
Kyle, nothing indicates that Starlord's father is from Sparta's, in the MCU... He'll probably be an Inhuman or an Eternal (and THAT, would make Thanos and him from m the same family, if the MCU Thanos has the same origins as the Comics' one) !
Still, Gunn maybe intended to have him from Galador (home of ROM's people).
Kyle, nothing indicates that Starlord's father is from Sparta's, in the MCU... He'll probably be an Inhuman or an Eternal (and THAT, would make Thanos and him from m the same family, if the MCU Thanos has the same origins as the Comics' one) !
Still, Gunn maybe intended to have him from Galador (home of ROM's people).
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