Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn loves the Skrulls - Marvel's shapeshifting aliens who are always trying to conquer Earth, and who will be the primary villains of the upcoming Captain Marvel film. In fact, he almost included them in Guardians, but according to him, they were cut for time.
"I think it's all a matter of how many things you have in a movie," Gunn told CinemaBlend. "I find that one of the things with writing these movies is that they start off incredible complicated, and then I have go, 'Uhhhh' and cut some of this great stuff... So often times there's a lot of different elements, whether it's scenes or characters or cameos or whatever, you end up cutting down, down, down, down until you get to what the movie is. Because there's an elegance in the simplicity that's incredibly important in these movies, because they are complicated! They're in outer-space, we don't know where they are, there's a lot of characters, so how do you cut that down to what the most necessary components of the stories are?"
But the one thing that didn't happen was Marvel telling Gunn he couldn't use the Skrulls at all - something that may not have been clear due to the Skrulls' connection to the Fantastic Four, whose movie rights are controlled by 20th Century Fox.
"No, [Marvel] never said no. [They] said yes!" Gunn explained. "It's something that we've talked a lot about dealing with. I almost put a Skrull in the Ravagers. But I'm really excited they're coming about, and I think it's going to be fun to see where they go from there, and what happens with the Skrulls in the future of the Marvel Universe. I'm a huge fan of the Skrulls."
Gunn also harped on Captain Marvel's 90s setting, telling IGN there is one part of the 90s he'd like to see in the film.
"Little kids wearing their jeans on backwards," he joked.
Captain Marvel is scheduled for a March 8, 2019 theatrical release.