Yondu may be one of the breakout stars of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but writer/director James Gunn says the character's heartwrenching death won't be undone anytime soon.
"What bothers me is when a character is given a beautiful or powerful death in popular culture, that fulfills a character arc... and then is brought back in a sequel or comic or later episode through some usually ridiculous means because, you know, he or she is popular," Gunn said on Facebook, following up a tweet in which he lamented the impermanence of death in popular culture. "This has become so commonplace in TV, movies, and (especially) comics that any significant death, at least in franchises, loses its emotional impact. And, by extension, all death and danger lose their power in these stories."
"Although it is always possible to see Yondu in flashback or prequel, I personally will never bring him back to life in present time because it would nullify his sacrifice and the love from father to son that affects me so much personally as well as others all around the world," Gunn added, being sure to add an escape clause to bring Michael Rooker's popular Guardian back in another fashion. "One of the reasons that Yondu is the most popular character from the second film is because of this sacrifice, and the idea of bringing him back in Vol. 3 or 4 or on the Yondu Netflix series because he sells a lot of Funko Pops horrifies and sickens me. Like I said, I hate it. And I'll never do it."
Among the various other clarifications in his statement about what he meant in his initial tweet, which read "Characters constantly dying & being brought back in comics, movies & TV makes it so that death/danger has no weight in all story - I hate it," Gunn made sure to reiterate his previous comments that Groot - and his later descendant baby Groot - are not the same character. He also conceded that there are exceptions to every rule, when the story calls for such a resurrection.