As he tends to do from now and again, James Gunn recently answered a few fan questions via his Twitter page. One submission in particular from user @Big_Low125, who mentioned a comment Gunn previously made about how the writing process for the impending Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 brought him to tears. They asked him if the same held for the previous two movies in the trilogy and, if so, which sections cause such extreme emotional distress. Honest as ever, Gunn replied with a very straightforward answer, confessing that, “I cry all the time while writing.”
He then goes on to list some examples from prior Guardians of the Galaxy adventures. “I definitely cried when Yondu told Peter he was his father in Vol 2 & when Rocket gave in to being pet by Drax,” he revealed, citing two of the series’ most impactful moments. Yondu (Michael Rooker) — having treated Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) coldly for his entire life — finally telling him he thought of him as a son, just before his demise, was incredibly powerful. Additionally, the often cynical and feisty Rocket (Bradley Cooper) allowing Drax (Dave Bautista) to pet him following the death of Groot (Vin Diesel) in Vol 1. was a watershed moment for his character. It marked the transition from him being a loner to a budding team player.
“I get teary just writing those moments now – but I cried many other times too,” Gunn concluded, leaving everyone to timidly wonder how Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will one-up its predecessors in the waterworks department.