Author’s note: This column contains minor spoilers.
JAMES GUNN was working on a treatment for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2″ when he got the idea for what he envisioned as “the greatest opening sequence of all time.”
Thunderstruck by the concept, the director brought producer Simon Hatt into the room and told him to shoot Gunn’s movements on an iPhone. And right then and there, as Hatt watched, Gunn — this former punk rocker who grew up on ’70s tunes — began dancing. And dancing.
Gunn grabbed a plastic rabbit toy that he pretended was a large, sweeping and swooping enemy monster. As he did, Hatt shot clip after video clip.
And that is how one of the most joyous opening-credit action sequences in recent memory was born.
In the finished film, the wee and adorable CGI sapling Baby Groot shakes and slides in the foreground while his fellow Guardians attack a sharp-toothed, squid-like monstrosity in the background. The whole extended scene is set to the strains of ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky,” after one Guardian, Rocket Raccoon, is working to plug in a sound system.
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