We would have loved to see this.
But in his touching tribute to the late music legend, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn revealed that under different circumstances, Bowie would have made an appearance in the space adventure’s upcoming sequel.
The filmmaker posted a heartfelt message on his Facebook after he learned about the 69-year-old’s passing, in which he shared that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige thought that Bowie would make an excellent cameo for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2!
And despite the singer’s illness at the time, there was hope it would actually work out. He wrote:
“Just a very short while ago Kevin Feige and I were talking about a cameo role in Guardians Vol. 2, and he brought up Bowie’s name. I told him nothing in the world would make me happier, but I heard from common friends he wasn’t doing well. We heard back that he was okay and it could potentially happen. Who knows what that was about? But, for whatever reason, it made my Twitter revelation more of a surprise.”
That would have been amazing.
Gunn continued to gush about the legend, citing how Bowie inspired the entire feel of the film AND could end up being the only artist to have a song on both the Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 soundtracks:
Bowie was an idol of mine, huge and omnipresent. Few artists in any field have had as an indelible impression upon me as he has. To my mind, Ziggy Stardust is perhaps the greatest rock and roll album of all time. We featured “Moonage Daydream” in Guardians, but I always thought the album’s character was felt far beyond that, in the aesthetics, in the integral and seemingly-natural linking in popular culture of ’70’s rock and space opera. I’ve been trying to work another song from Ziggy into the sequel, which would make Bowie the only artist to have a song on both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. I thought this was fair and appropriate. Although I cut the scene it was used in from the script, we have the rights. Who knows. Maybe I can figure a way out.”
We couldn’t think of anyone better to be featured on both albums!
Check out the rest of the director’s touching tribute (below):
[Image via Disney.]