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James Gunn Makes The Perfect Confession About This Guardians Vol. 2 Moment

Guardians of the Galaxy director and nerd-savant James Gunn is known for being active on social media. In fact, in some instances, we could do without some of Gunn's tweets, like the ones that got him fired from the series (eventually Disney wised up and rehired him). Around the time he was fired, Gunn addressed his vulgar tweets and said he viewed himself as a "provocateur," and his offensive jokes were simply his attempts to be "shocking." Thankfully that's all behind us. But Gunn has just made a different sort of confession on Twitter.

On Wednesday, January 6, Gunn acknowledged that a certain scene from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was inspired by fan theories on Twitter. OK, in all honesty, he said he "stole" the idea for the aforementioned sequence, but we're giving him the benefit of the doubt! So, which scene, exactly, was co-written by the fandom on social media?

Stan Lee's cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was inspired by fan theories

Director James Gunn admitted, via Twitter, that the late-great Stan Lee's cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came directly from fan theories he read online. "I stole the idea from fan theories on Twitter, which I thought were hilarious," Gunn said in response to a tweet about Lee being a "Watcher informant." In the second GotG installment, the Marvel legend was seen talking with a mysterious group of robe-clad, large-headed humanoids call the Watchers. Now, even the most casual fan is aware of Lee's cameos in each Marvel movie, but unpacking the major implications from this scene requires above-average knowledge of Marvel comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

The Watchers are a race of humanoid aliens that watch over the multiverse in Marvel Comics. With Lee serving as their informant, he was actually playing the same character in each of his cameo appearances. In doing so, and peddling info to the Watchers, Lee's character was "keeping an eye on the heroes and their adventures," as Twitter user @bork_21 lays out in the initial tweet, to which Gunn had responded.

In addition to that tidbit about GotG 2, Gunn recently offered fans an update on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.