Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
2016 was a sad year when it comes to celebrity’s deaths. One that arguably hit the hardest however was the untimely passing of singer David Bowie. Before his death, it was revealed that James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, had planned to include Bowie in the highly anticipated sequel, but never said who he’d be playing. Now, in a Q&A on Facebook, Gunn has finally settled the mystery of who Bowie was going to be. A ravager. When asked by a fan, Gunn had this to say:
“I wanted David Bowie to play a member of Yondu’s original crew.”
Yondu’s original crew appeared twice during Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Their first appearance was from Sylvester Stallone and Michael Rosenbaum’s characters. Both blacklist Yondu and his current crew from the Ravager clan due to their constant breach of the Ravager code. However, following Yondu’s heroic sacrifice near the end of the film, Stallone’s Stakar Ogord lifts the exile on Yondu and gives him the Ravager funeral he deserves. The funeral brings Yondu’s entire original crew back together for the first time in years and they all agree to work together once more. The crew had Michael Rosenbaum, Ving Rhames, Michelle Yeoh and Miley Cyrus playing the roles of Martinex, Charlie-27, Aleta Ogord and Mainframe and now it looks Bowie would have played one of these characters.
It’s a shame that Bowie passed before being able to play a role in the MCU film. While the film was not short on its celebrity cameos, including Seth Green returning as Howard the Duck and Sons of Anarchy’s Tommy Flannagan as a member of Yondu’s current crew, it would have been an incredible sight to see Bowie as an out-of-this-world, cosmic Marvel character.
What do you think of David Bowie being in the MCU? What other singer’s do you want to appear in a Marvel film? Let us know in the comments and on social media!
The next Marvel Cinematic Universe film to hit theatres is Thor: Ragnarok which will be released on November 3, 2017.