James Gunn is exceptionally active on social media, often answering fan questions and confirming theories. The Guardians of the Galaxy director is also typically quite friendly and engaging on Twitter.
Earlier today, noted comic book writer Gail Simone sent out a tweet which put forth the following query: "You get to pick FIVE mutants to be the X-men for your dream comic. They can be from any era. Who do you pick?"
Naturally, there were quite a few responses and the hashtag #My5Xmen began trending.
One such response was from James Gunn himself. In response to the hashtag, he said: "Does Doop count?" Gunn wrote, "Cuz if so it’s Doop, Fantomex, Kitty Pryde, Storm, and Wolverine. If Doop doesn’t count I’m not sure I want to play this game."
WHAT THIS MEANS
First off, Doop, for those who don't know, is a Marvel Comics character who is usually associated with the X-Men. He's a floating green blob whose origins are something of a mystery. Given the character's oddball nature, it should come as no surprise that he's a favorite of Gunn's.
Moreover, it's neat when someone attached to the MCU shows a fondness for the world of the comics. But could Gunn's selections play into any future plans for Marvel Studios' projects? Probably not, but it's still quite interesting to have an indication of where someone like Gunn would be leaning, were he to insert some Marvel mutants into the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 .
That being said, Kitty Pryde (One of the characters mentioned by Gunn in the tweet) was actually a member of the Guardians at one point in the comics, so anything is possible!