Guardians of the Galaxy 3 References 2001: A Space Odyssey

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“No,” Gunn tweeted, with a photo from another very famous sci-fi project that used bright-colored spacesuits: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s a movie so famous that he literally didn’t need to say the name, just drop the picture, and most people probably got the reference.

It’s a film that’s having quite the week. Just yesterday, 2001 was ranked the sixth best film of all time on the latest Sight and Sound poll (which is put together by critics), but also the best movie of all time according to film directors. So, you know, probably a little more well-known than Among Us.

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And while it would be easy to dunk on the question to be like “People need to watch more classic movies!” I honestly think it’s the opposite. That Gunn intended to pay tribute to 2001, but that other people see Among Us (or Teletubbies) is the beauty of art. Once it’s out in the world, it’s no longer the creator’s, it’s yours.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 opens May 5, 2023.


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