James Gunn reveals the reason he had to cut one song he wanted to use on the soundtrack of the upcoming MCU film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
James Gunn has revealed the reason that he couldn’t use one of the songs he wanted for the soundtrack of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The Guardians of the Galaxy films have become so synonymous with their soundtracks – which bring a retro vibe to a modern space opera – that the sequels are even named after the “Awesome Mix” cassette tapes that Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is listening to throughout the Marvel franchise. Many iconic Guardians sequences are inextricably linked with the pop and rock songs that score them, including the opening credits of both films, the death of a major father figure character, and a blissfully edited Yondu action sequence in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cut to “Come a Little Bit Closer” by Jay and the Americans.
In addition to Gunn’s subversive sense of humor, this approach to using the soundtrack to underscore important elements of his projects is one that has become somewhat of a calling card for the director. He has been doing this for some time, having used the repeated appearance of the Air Supply song “Every Woman in the World” to emphasize how the lead character’s marriage is becoming more and more warped as her husband’s body is taken over by an alien hive mind in 2006’s Slither. He continued this trend even when he hopped the fence to work on DC projects The Suicide Squad and its HBO Max spinoff series Peacemaker, which notably features Peacemaker and his friends dancing to “Do Ya Wanna Taste It” by Wig Wam in its viral opening credits scene.
On Twitter, James Gunn was holding a conversation with fans about the process for licensing the music for his various projects. When someone asked if he was ever denied the use of a track, he revealed that it has only happened twice in his career. Once, a band didn’t let him use a song for Peacemaker because they were bitter about a former band member who performed on the original track. He also revealed that one song he wanted for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 had to be cut because there was a legal battle over the rights and they couldn’t find out who to negotiate with. Read the original Tweet below:
I was denied use of 1 song for #Peacemaker (the band’s new lineup were bitter toward the previous lineup so wouldn’t okay an older tune) & 1 song I wanted for Vol 3 was in a legal battle over who owned it, so we didn’t even know who to negotiate with. Those are the only 2 times. https://t.co/WvvzVQLj2P
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 23, 2022
Gunn wouldn’t specify which track he was unable to use, unfortunately. This is possibly because he hopes to use it in a future project, should the rights battle ever settle. However, Guardians fans who love the director’s sensibility should rest easy for the most part, because the implication here is that the rest of the soundtrack is exactly what he wants to bring to the table.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s soundtrack certainly has a lot to live up to. Gunn has previously confirmed that it will continue the retro flavor of the previous films, despite the fact that Quill has spent some time on modern Earth in Avengers: Endgame. However, that means track list will have to compete with the cavalcade of classic tracks that he has already assembled, so it’s a very good thing he has access to almost everything he wanted.
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Source: James Gunn/Twitter
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