Speaking to SlashFilm, Gunn revealed how the montage at the end of the film was originally going to include The Collector (Benicio del Toro), Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Grandpa Quill (Gregg Henry).
“There are three characters that got cut out [of the “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” montage]: Nebula, the Collector and Grandpa Quill,” he said. “Nebula and Collector we decided, at a certain point, they’re kind of bad guys in the first movie. It was a real joyous experience with that finale so we thought we’d keep it to the characters that were part of ‘the good team.’ Which includes Yondu. He did fight on the good guys side. So we thought we would keep it to them.
“Grandpa Quill we cut because he was in old age make up and we were a little afraid people wouldn’t recognize that it was him from the beginning of the movie. And also, it was a pretty sad moment. It was Grandpa Quill and he has this photograph of Meredith and Peter as a little boy and he looks up at the stars and we go up to the stars and it was really sweet. It means that he must have seen Quill getting abducted at the end of that day and is still waiting for him to return but it was freaking sad so we took it out.”
We also would have seen the ultimate fate of Karen Gillan’s Nebula, last seen bailing on Ronan The Accuser after her scrap with Gamora. “Nebula’s was actually my favorite. Nebula’s I really liked a lot because she’s lost her arm and she’s just pissed off and she’s just walking through this field all pissed off with a busted Ravager vehicle behind her. And she’s just pissed off and I loved it.”
He also notes that The Collector’s scene did make it into the film as the post-credits sting. Sadly, Nebula and Grandpa Quill’s scenes won’t make it onto the Blu-ray, but it’s good to confirm that Nebula is still very much alive and kicking. Fingers crossed she gets a bit more screen time and development at some point down the line.
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