Last night, we reported the sad news that music icon and actor David Bowie passed away at age 69, after battling cancer. Fans have been mourning the loss of this legend online ever since, and today we learned that he was being eyed for a cameo appearance in Marvel's Phase Three sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Here's what director James Gunn had to say about the musician's passing, and how he was interested in having him appear in the superhero sequel.
"I usually find out about people dying on Twitter these days, as it's one of the first places I check on my phone when I wake up in the morning. It's only been about fifteen minutes or so since I learned of David Bowie's passing there, and I'm reeling. And horribly sad. 69 years old. Goddammit. I know we're supposed to be positive in situations like this, but that's just seems too young to me. F---ing cancer. 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. I just "liked" some of the photos on his Facebook fan page last night."
David Bowie's iconic song "Moonage Daydream" was featured on the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack Awesome Mix Vol. 1, but director James Gunn wouldn't shed any light about what cameo role he may have had in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The director has said in the past that he has the songs locked down for the sequel's soundtrack, Awesome Mix Vol. 2, adding that he was planning on adding one of the artist's other songs in the sequel soundtrack, but the scene he had planned on using it in has been cut from the script. Here's what he had to say, adding that the song may still end up being on the sequel.
"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."
Production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is expected to begin next month in Atlanta, with Marvel already setting a May 5, 2017 release date for the sequel. It seems unlikely that the director will reveal which David Bowie song he had planned on using for the sequel, especially since there is a possibility it still may be included. Would you have liked to see David Bowie cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?