James Gunn Debunks Report About Bradley Cooper’s Marvel Future

By Russ Milheim Posted:
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It’s been a good stretch of time since fans have seen the Guardians of the Galaxy in action, with the last occasion being in Avengers: Endgame. So when can audiences expect to see them next? The band of misfits is set to pop up next in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder film, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special and Vol. 3.

With all the appearances that the group has had over the last few years, there is no doubt the gang is good friends off the screen. However, recently Guardians director James Gunn revealed an interesting tidbit to the world: neither Van Diesel nor Bradley Cooper, who have voiced Groot and Rocket repetitively, have ever stepped foot onto one of his sets.

After putting that information out in the world, the inevitable happened: it was misinterpreted. Thankfully, Gunn’s active Twitter habits were there to save the day.

False Reports of Cooper and Diesel’s Involvement

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn took to Twitter to clear the air regarding a misconception being reported by the outlet mxdwn Movies.

The outlet's article claimed that neither Vin Diesel nor Bradley Cooper are involved in either the next Guardians or Thor film with the following headline:

“James Gunn Reveals Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper are Not Involved with 'Thor: Love and Thunder' or 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3"

The article was written based on comments made by Gunn stating that “neither Vin nor Bradly have ever been on the set of a Guardians [or Thor] film.”

Gunn responded to the article by saying that he “didn't” make that claim, clarifying that he was only referring to Cooper and Diesel's presence on the movies' sets, not their involvement in the movies themselves:

“No I didn’t. I said they’ve never been on the set of a Guardians movie, which whoever wrote this tweet knows is a different thing.”

The Vocal Involvement at Marvel

Some may be confused at Gunn’s response, especially given how he just claimed, to his knowledge, that both Diesel and Cooper have not been on a Thor set. So why deny what he said in a previous tweet?

That’s because the claim the director made regarding the two performers was an entirely different one than the two not being involved at all, which is what the accused article on mxdwn reported. Remember, both of those actors only offer their voice to the project and not their physical performances.

What does that mean? Well, neither are ever required to be on the set for their roles as Groot and Rocket.

When James Gunn revealed neither have been on his Marvel sets, that includes the previous two Guardians projects, in which both were heavily involved in the final product.

For those worried about either actor not being a part of the MCU any longer, it’s safe to put those worries to rest.

Thor: Love and Thunder releases on July 8, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 releases on May 5, 2023.

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May 05, 2023
- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.