James Gunn, who is never afraid of a little fan service, took to social media last week to remind fans that there was a cut shot of the original Guardians of the Galaxy that would have been inspired by “The Last Supper” and featured Groot in the center of the table. In Leonardo da Vinci’s original painting, Jesus sat in this seat and the painting was meant to depict his last meal with his apostles before his crucifixion at the hands of the Roman government. Besides Groot sitting in Jesus’ place, this shot would have seen Drax in the seat usually occupied by Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus.
Given that this scene took place on Knowhere, you can assume that Drax’s betrayal – if his positioning was meant to mean something deeper – was summoning Ronan to Knowhere, which turned out to be a pretty catastrophic mistake. Yet this did not directly contribute to Groot’s death. Still, it’s safe to assume that Groot being in “Jesus’ seat” was meant to give attentive viewers a hint that the character wouldn’t come out of the battle unscathed.
Gunn previously shared the image – in 2017. Back in the days of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, Gunn revealed that the shot was cut from the film and was not a cut scene, but rather a cut shot of a scene that appeared in the final cut.
“It was a shot from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 that was cut from the movie and never finished,” Gunn explained at the time. “The great artists at Framestore finished a frame and just gave it to me as a gift. Thanks, guys!” He added, “It was at the end of the scene where Drax gets drunk and roots for the F’saki chasing the Orloni.”
You can see the image below.
—James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 7, 2022
Next year will be huge for the Guardians; Gunn recently wrapped production on Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3, slated for release in May. Until then, Gunn will unleash a Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on the world, encouraging ever more comparisons star wars. Disney+ also has a I am Groot series of planned shorts, although Gunn does not personally direct them.
You can catch the first two guardians of the galaxy movies under the Marvel tab on Disney+.