The devastating loss of rock legend, David Bowie is obviously still being felt as fans all over the world console themselves with marathon listening sessions. In one of numerous adoring tributes to the iconic artiste, director James Gunn took to Facebook to post some warm words, calling him an “idol,” citing the solace that Bowie’s music had in his life during his troubled, drug-infused youth. However, it seems that shortly before Bowie’s passing, Gunn had every intention of taking advantage of those attributes with plans to arrange a cinematic space cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 sequel for the man who formerly fronted the Spiders from Mars.
Revealing plans in the works with Marvel Studios head, Kevin Feige, Gunn states:
“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. “
Indeed, the idea of an unrealized Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cameo never coming to fruition is salt in a fresh open wound for fans. Bowie’s artistic influence was felt in 2014’s $773.3 million global hit that was the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Gunn’s quirky, seemingly anachronistic choice to highlight the space-set film with a plot-involved soundtrack of 1970’s AM radio hits was also complemented by the presence of Bowie’s 1972 Ziggy Stardust cut, “Moonage Daydream” during the awe-inspiring sequence in which the team arrived at the gigantic severed head of an ancient celestial being repurposed as a waystation called Knowhere. It not only amplified the amazing visuals, but seemingly declared that Guardians was taking place in a vision of the cosmos that was akin to the starry, androgynous, operatic aesthetics of Bowie’s glitter rock heyday.
Interestingly enough, Gunn revealed that he intended to work in another spacey song from Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust album on the presumed “Awesome Mix: Vol. 2” mixtape for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 until the scene in question was cut. In light of Bowie’s passing, it seems that Gunn will renew his efforts to include the cut. As Gunn explains:
“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.”
In a possible clue regarding the identity of the track, Gunn cites “Suffragette City” in particular as a Ziggy cut that is “deeply embedded in my psyche.”
Sad loss aside, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be bringing back the cosmos’ favorite “bunch of a-holes” when it hits theaters on May 5, 2017.