Guardians of the Galaxy was packed full of fun nods and Easter Eggs from the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe, and that’s no doubt due to the fact that writer and director James Gunn is a huge fanboy. He managed to cleverly insert loads of references which only the most diehard comic book readers would appreciate, and that’s definitely at least one of the reasons why the movie is so well-loved.
What of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 though? Gunn has already revealed that he’s compiled the soundtrack and that we shouldn’t expect to see The Hulk, but it’s obviously way too soon to know what kind of Easter Eggs we’ll be getting this time. Taking to his Facebook page last night though, the filmmaker provided a very interesting update on another set of characters we shouldn’t expect to see.
“While writing Guardians scripts I like to use the names of characters from the comics as much as possible – it makes watching the movie more fun for longtime Marvel fans (one of whom is me). Characters like Kraglin, The Broker, Bereet, and Garthan Saal all originally appeared in the comics, albeit sometimes in very different incarnations. Every name I use I have to run through the Marvel legal department. Lately, in the service of building out the Marvel cosmic side of the universe, I’ve been trying to clear names of alien species we see in the background. It’s always a bummer when I can’t use a name, usually because Fox or Sony or Hasbro or whomever owns the rights. But today I received a brand new reason for being advised against calling one of the alien species “Sneepers.” “Sneeper is a word for clitoris in Icelandic.”
The Sneepers are a very obscure alien race who first appeared in the pages of Stan Lee’s Tales of Suspense #49. Given what that word means, Marvel obviously didn’t want younger fans going home after seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 and Googling their name in order to learn more about their history in the source material only to come across some pretty R-Rated content.
What obscure race Gunn ultimately decided on remains to be seen, but we’ll find out when the movie is released on May 5th, 2017!