We all know that LucasFilm, Marvel and Disney are all one big happy family – but before they all joined (dark) forces, Marvel head Kevin Feige wanted to make a reference the the OTHER intergalactic hit.
In the early stages of development for the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and before James Gunn penned the script, Feige was trying to piece together all of the pieces of the Guardians of the Galaxy puzzle from the incredible Marvel comics, and looked towards the Star Wars franchise for help. So naturally, he wanted to add a little Star Wars easter egg into the mix.
Speaking to Mashable, Feige has said,
Always, we wanted to reveal at a certain point in the movie that Peter Quill was a human from Earth. And for a long time, I really thought it was going to be the greatest thing in the world that you’re in a spaceship and he’s talking to one of the alien characters and he knocks over his bag and one of the alien characters bends down and picks it up and it was a Darth Vader action figure, goes, “What’s this?”
Of course, this idea roamed about before the deal with LucasFilm and Disney, and was only meant as a quirky nod to ’70s and ’80s pop culture. However, when James Gunn came onto the scene, he had a better idea – and knew exactly how to link Peter Quill to his life on Earth.
To make a long story short, James Gunn was basically like, ‘I got a better idea. What if he had a Walkman and listened to music?’ And it was like, ‘Oh, that’s a million times better.’ Because the Star Wars thing was just a nerdy reference in a single moment, and obviously, the conceit of the music redefined the entire movie.
And it did. Alongside the incredible plot and typical Marvel humor (which we can’t get enough of) Guardians of the Galaxy proved so well in the box-office because of it’s ‘awesome’ mixes of nostalgic music that brings the whole plot together.
Although the Darth Vader figurine would have been pretty cool.