The hype for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been building since 2017 when it was first announced that the series was set to become a trilogy, but since its release last week, viewers have been begging the movie to add a trigger warning at the beginning of the movie.
“I think really that the 3 movies work together as a whole, they’re going to tell one story,” said James Gunn way back at Vol. 2‘s premiere.
“This is the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and we’re going to get to know the characters even better in the same way we got to know them much better in this film than the first one.”
The new movie marks the return of the director, who never actually really left as he has directed both of the previous movies. However, he was fired and then re-hired by Disney as a result of some old tweets.
“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” said Alan Horn, Walt Disney Studios chairman, back in July 2018.
“When I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo,” Gunn responded. “As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.”
“My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over,” he explained.
The whole debacle caused uproar across Hollywood, and with fans even creating a petition to reinstate the Scooby-Doo director at the helm of the franchise once again. This petition managed to garner over 300,000 signatures.
Key cast members including Zoe Saldaña, Bradley Cooper and Chris Pratt also released a statement in support of the director, and so, by March 2019, it was publicly confirmed that Gunn was back on board for the movie.
The new flick features all of the old cast favorites, including Saldaña, Cooper, Pratt, as well as Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista. There are some new names in the mix too — Chukwudi Iwuji stars as High Evolutionary and Will Poulter as the long-awaited character Adam Warlock.
However, now the movie is finally out, not everyone is best pleased. In fact, some viewers are urging Marvel to add a trigger warning at the beginning of the movie thanks to one particularly graphic scene.
The scene in question involves Rocket being experimented on by the High Evolutionary. Rocket isn’t alone either, as there are other animals such as an otter, walrus, and rabbit who fall victim to the experiments.
The scene features the removal of limbs, shaven fur and the replacement of body parts. The graphic nature has led to some viewers criticising the scene for such graphic images of animal abuse.
“Guys before I say anything else about Guardians of the Galaxy, I just wanna put out a huge trigger warning concerning animal cruelty. Just want to make sure everyone will be ok,” one person said.
While another wrote: Not to be one of those people, because I really loved the movie, but there really should’ve been a trigger warning for the animal abuse in guardians of the galaxy vol. 3.”