This post contains SPOILERS for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn has admitted that he made a minor error during one of the film’s post-credits scenes, conceding the mistake during a Facebook Live session with fans of the film yesterday.
The scene in question is Stan Lee’s cameo at the end of the film, where he converses with a group of Watchers, seemingly confirming that he has been playing the same character in all of his Marvel Cinematic Universe cameos.
“I actually read the Marvel fan sites and the Marvel message boards out there and a lot of times people have ideas that are somewhat off-base or silly or whatever,” said Gunn. “But one thing I found very funny and interesting is the fact that people thought Stan Lee is a Watcher … and that all of these cameos that he’s doing are part of the him being a Watcher. So I thought that was one of the greatest things the fans came up with.”
“So, Stan Lee, as a guy who is either a Watcher — or probably a guy who is working for the Watchers — was something that I thought was fun for the MCU.
“And yes, I know I made mistake. People have written and asked me, and I’ll own up to my mistake because Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 theoretically happens in 2014 which is before [Captain America Civil War]. And Stan Lee in the movie says, ‘That time I was the Fed Ex guy,’ which is what he is in Civil War. I screwed up; I wasn’t thinking. That’s all that is.”
Gunn went on to explain that, while shooting the scene with Lee, he would yell out all the different things the Marvel Comics guru has done in his many cameos and just plain forgot that the Fed Ex guy came after Guardians Vol. 2 chronologically.
“But I’m going to say that – probably – Stan Lee used the guise of a Fed Ex guy more than one time,” laughed Gunn. “So it’s a mistake, but it can easily be explained away!”
Stan Lee’s cameo isn’t the only subject Gunn touches on in his Facebook Live chat. Running over an hour long, Gunn goes pretty in-depth with his thought processes on the film and even includes an anecdote surrounding the director’s respect for Sylvester Stallone’s professionalism on set. Be sure to check it out!