James Gunn Responds To Criticism Over Star-Lord’s Walkman Batteries in Guardians

Give folks lightspeed travel between planets, truckloads of awesome sci-fi tech and futuristic weaponry and a cast of characters that won’t soon be forgotten, and what happens? People complain about AA batteries. Isn’t that always the way?

As part of a lengthy Facebook post addressing misconceptions about a recent podcast, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn took a minute to address some “concerns” that some people had with the movie. Namely, the criticism, most recently dished out by popular YouTube show Cinema Sins, that Peter Quill’s Walkman batteries and his Awesome Mix: Vol. 1 tape couldn’t possibly still be functional that far into the future.

His response to that particular critique was likely just what most other people were thinking.

“I’m getting a lot of questions about the AA batteries in Quill’s Walkman, and how Quill’s Walkman can survive for so long,” Gunn wrote. “GUYS, THEY HAVE THE ALIEN TECHNOLOGY TO TRAVEL FASTER THAN LIGHT BETWEEN PLANETS, I think they can figure out an alternative power source for the Walkman, and they likely also have technology to slow the degradation to the tape and player. This seems obvious to me.”

While some might say that the criticism is all tongue-in-cheek, it’s apparently a pet peeve of Gunn.

“I started watching it but had to roll my eyes and turn it off after the AA batteries thing,” Gunn said of the Cinema Sins video in question.

The bulk of the actual Facebook update that this stems from was to address questions about whether or not we may ever see The Avengers team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy in a crossover movie, a query that is as tiresome and worn-out as it is intriguing.

More than once, the acclaimed director has stated, fairly obviously, that whatever pertinent information he does know, he isn’t at liberty to discuss and that any headline giving a resolute “yes” or “no” to the question is clearly misleading.

While I enjoy a good Cinema Sins video as much as the next guy, I can’t disagree with Gunn’s response to the criticism. After all, what good is giving people an awesome futuristic superhero movie if all they care about is AA batteries?

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