Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 writer-director James Gunn has clarified that the trailer’s color-coded space suits are a reference to Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, not the popular video game Among Us.
On Twitter, well-known cartoonist Scott Kurtz asked Gunn if Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s colorful space suits were a nod to Among Us. Gunn simply replied, “No,” sharing a photo of the red, yellow and blue space suits from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Kurtz was a good sport about the whole thing, however, tweeting, “I just got schooled by James Gunn. And I love it.” And to be fair, judging by other posts on Twitter, Kurtz was far from the only one to think of Among Us when the Guardians donned their colorful gear.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Is Not Sus
The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise is no stranger to pop culture references, with the James Gunn-helmed Marvel Studios films shouting out everything from Footloose to Pac-Man. This trend is present in Gunn’s other work as well, with the DC Universe-set HBO Max series Peacemaker featuring a subtle nod to George Lucas’ THX 1138. With that in mind, a reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey seems very on-brand for Gunn, especially considering just how much Kubrick’s late-’60s classic informed modern sci-fi.
In contrast, while the sci-fi-tinged Among Us absolutely exploded in popularity in 2020 (two years after its initial launch) — meaning that a reference to the game in such a pop culture-heavy franchise would not exactly be incongruous — it does seem a bit modern for Gunn’s tastes, given his noted affinity for the ’70s and ’80s. In other words, a ship named after David Bowie is certainly far game, but Guardians fans probably shouldn’t expect Star-Lord to pull a Jerma face or accuse anyone of being sus.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Hits Theaters in May 2023
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is due to hit theaters on May 5, 2023 as part of Phase Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film serves as the conclusion of Gunn’s big-screen Guardians of the Galaxy film trilogy, as well as the fourth live-action entry in the franchise overall, following the recently-released Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney+.
Guardians 3 features a number of returning franchise stars, such as Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldaña as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket. The film also features some key newcomers, such as Will Poulter as Adam Warlock and Chukwudi Iwuji as the High Evolutionary.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 opens in theaters on May 5, 2023.