Official: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Deadliest. Movie. Ever. (Sort of)

Still from 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Credit: Marvel Studios

Some fans have cited Man of Steel and The Avengers as twoof the deadliest movies of all time, with thousands dying in their citywide disasters. But the actual deadliest movie of all time might just surprise you - it's Marvel's happy-go-lucky, feel-good space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy.

The reason Guardians of the Galaxy racks up such a high death count - 83,871 fatalities, according to The Guardian - is because of the climactic final scene when thousands of Nova Corps members form a grid to stop Ronan's Dark Astor, being crushed to death in the process.

That dubious distinction does come with a slight caveat - it counts only actual onscreen deaths, not implied deaths. So while the Star Wars' Death Star blowing up Alderaan might have resulted in more deaths, they weren't individually shown onscreen. 

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn responded to the accolade, praising the visual effects team that brought his vision of the conflict to life.

"This is a massive visual effects sequence that took hundreds of visual effects artists thousands of hours to put together. I can't tell you how many dozens of times I made them redo the sequence for it to look just right - but I know we were still getting revisions hours before I boarded a plan to begin the press tour in Singapore," Gunn explained on Facebook. "I hope our heroic CGI Nova Corps members know they didn't die in vain. Not only did they help stop their planet from being destroyed, they garnered a rather sketchy world record in the process. RIP Garthan Saal and company."
 
Gunn also wants fans to stop undermining Guardians' "huge honor" by citing Star Wars and other films.
 
"For all of you writing about Alderan (sic), etc, etc - it's individual, onscreen expirations, not implied deaths through seeing planets or cities exploding. You also see a lot of planets explode in the Collector's museum. Stop trying to take this huge honor from me."
 
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is due out in theaters May 5, 2017. Perhaps Gunn will top even himself in the sequel.
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