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Microsoft Didn’t Want The Zune In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2


Microsoft Didn't Want The Zune In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
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In the third act, Ego The Living Planet makes two fatal mistakes. The first is that he tells his son, Peter Quill, that he deliberately killed his mother, giving her a tumor. And the second is that he squished Peter’s Sony Walkman, destroying it and one of the awesome mix-tapes his mother made and gave him.

However, by the end of the film, Peter is able to listen to music once again because Kraglin hands him a Microsoft Zune that his late and true daddy, Yondu, got for him. Peter is very thankful for the state-of-the-art gift, especially when Kraglin informs him that it’s what earthlings currently use (HA!) and contains 300 songs.

Of course, we all know that the Zune was a huge flop, so it’s humorous to us, the audience. Funny enough, during James Gunn’s recent Facebook Q&A, the filmmaker said that he reached out to Microsoft about putting the Zune in the film and the company informed it was unhappy that the Zune was being used in a disparaging manner.

As perturbed as Microsoft was, the company can take solace in the fact that it was also used in a very important and sweet scene involving Peter and Baby Groot. “Peter Quill almost ignores Baby Groot throughout the entire movie. This is important,” Gunn said.

“I think that Peter Quill is, in many ways, a complete absent father to this son that they have onboard. I think Baby Groot’s situation is the opposite of mine. I had six kids in my family and two parents. Baby Groot is one kid with many parents.

And so, I think at the end of the film, Peter Quill gets this Zune from Yondu, and he sits down to play it. And he’s going to have a self-reflective moment for himself – like he did at the end of the first movie with his mother. The first movie is about mothers.

The second movie is about fathers. And as he starts to listen to the music. Instead of it being a moment that is selfish, Baby Groot crawls into his lap, and as we see Peter Quill looking down at Baby Groot, we see a father’s love for his son. And it is a very unselfish moment on the part of Peter Quill.

A moment that was completely about him and his relationship to his father, now becomes about his son and passing it on to the next generation and being a part of that. And that’s why that moment is so important to me in the movie, and why it is so important to the development of Peter Quill.” Source: comicbook

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