James Gunn recently revealed that he was the one who chose to introduce Phyla-Vell (Kai Zen) to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and not Marvel Studios.
Gunn, who wrote and directed the third Guardians of the Galaxy installment, claimed sole responsibility for Phyla-Vell’s debut on Twitter. Responding to a fan who asked him whose idea it was to feature a surprise appearance by the cosmic superhero, Gunn responded that it was his. This should put to bed any lingering speculation among MCU fans regarding who masterminded Phyla-Vell’s inclusion in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: Gunn, or Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige and his team.
Phyla-Vell only appears relatively briefly in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Zen is credited simply as “Phyla.” This is likely because Phyla-Vell’s MCU origin story is markedly different from that of her comic book counterpart, who is depicted as the artificially engineered daughter of the original Captain Marvel, Mar-Vell. However, the comic book and big screen versions of Phyla-Vell still have plenty in common, including her impressive power set. Phyla-Vell is shown flying during Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s mid-credits scene, which also strongly implies that she is capable of firing energy blasts from her hands, as well.
James Gunn Unpacks GotG Vol. 3’s Secrets
Gunn’s Phyla-Vell tweet is the latest in a flurry of social media posts about the making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 the filmmaker has made now that the sequel is in theaters. No behind-the-scenes detail is seemingly too small for Gunn to field questions on, as he even set the record straight regarding minor character Howard the Duck’s redesign in the newest Guardians of the Galaxy installment. According to Gunn, Howard the Duck looks different in all of the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy’s entries because his design in the first two movies was “rushed,” prompting him to repeatedly revisit it.
Gunn has been forthcoming about key Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 plot and character developments in post-release interviews, too. Notably, Gunn recently unpacked Rocket’s (Bradley Cooper) arc in the MCU sequel, explaining that the scene in which Rocket rescues animals from the High Evolutionary’s (Chukwudi Iwuji) lab is the moment he truly becomes a hero. “[I]n that moment where he accepts himself by taking those raccoons and then starts looking around the cages, that’s the moment to me where he sees, ‘Oh my God, everything is me. We’re all a part of this universe, and every life has purpose, meaning, and is worthy of respect.’ That’s who he is now: He’s not a bad guy, he’s strictly a good guy,” Gunn said.
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