In a press event for the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-Ray release, director James Gunn stated that there was originally more to the ending than what was in the final montage. Slash Film spoke with James after the event and got him to spill the details on that, and here’s what he said (beware, the first paragraph is kind of spoilery for future Guardians of the Galaxy sequels):
There are three characters that got cut out [of the “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” montage]: Nebula, the Collector and Grandpa Quill. 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.
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.
It’s understandable that he would choose not to include the first two clips, especially the mood killer of seeing Grandpa Quill. But I think it would’ve been cool to see Nebula being all pissy. That probably would’ve gotten a nice chuckle.
Sadly, none of that will be on the Blu-Ray featurettes. However, here’s some clips of what will be.
The Blu-Ray will be released in stores on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.