James Gunn is the director of the Gaurdians of the Galaxy movies. He has worked with the franchise from the very beginning, including the Holiday Special. Not just the Guardians, James Gunn has been a part of many other Marvel projects. Especially for Stan Lee cameos. The director has filmed and directed Marvel’s creator’s cameos for several movies. It includes Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok. He also wrote the dialogues for the cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War. But he also hid an excellent Stan Lee easter egg in his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1.
James Gunn hid a Stan Lee easter egg in his movie
Most Marvel fans have spotted Stan Lee in every movie, while he was still among us. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, the creator was seen on the planet, Xander. It is in a deleted scene where the Raccoon is scanning the people around him on the planet. We see Stan Lee hitting on a woman. In a recent tweet by a user @TheZignal, they wrote, “Squint and it says ‘EXCELSIOR!'”
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 18, 2022
James Gunn, himself, replied to the Tweet by saying “Correct.” Now, every true Marvel fan knows what the word means. It is the catchphrase of Stan Lee. This is also the motto of New York, where he is from. This Easter egg went viral a few years back in 2018. A Twitter user, @danactual pointed it out. To which James Gunn had replied too.
He wrote, “Ok this is an actual Easter egg that hasn’t been found but it is not THE Easter egg. That said, I think you deserve a No-Prize AND it shows there are still Easter eggs to be found in the #GotG films, despite the doubters.” The director had announced a price for finding a major Easter Egg.
James Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 updates
The movie is set to release on May 5, 2023, six years after the second film came out. The director had confirmed that the filming began in November last year. The third film was supposed to come out in 2017 but due to a controversial tweet, Gunn was fired. He officially came back in March 2019 and resumed production. He had completed two of his projects by then, The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker.
But now he is back with the ensemble of cast. It includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone, and Will Poulter.