Star-Lord Learns Zune in Deleted 'Guardians Vol. 2' Scene
At the end of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the rebel bounty hunter Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is gifted a primitive device that all Earthlings use to listen to music: the Zune, Microsoft’s ill-fated attempt at competing with the Apple iPod. In a deleted scene from the film, now available on Digital HD, Star-Lord learns to use the Zune’s awkward click wheel from Kraglin (Sean Gunn) while learning about really hip Earth musicians like Traffic, Thin Lizzy, and “a lady named Alice Cooper” who “seems kinda angry.” The scene ends with director James Gunn yelling cut and Gunn and Pratt sharing a hearty laugh.
The scene, which appears improvised, takes place at the end before the Ravager funeral dedicated to Yondu (Michael Rooker). It’s an extended version of the now-infamous Zune scene; in the theatrical cut, the film jumps to Star-Lord listening to Cat Stevens’s folk rock ballad “Father and Son,” which kicks off Yondu’s funeral. But the deleted scene adds this funny exchange between Star-Lord and Kraglin, who introduces Star-Lord to other music outside his mix tapes, like the prog rock band Traffic, Irish metal band Thin Lizzy, and Alice Cooper, who is “kinda like stuff we were like when we were kids.”
Perhaps the funniest thing about this clip, besides Kraglin mistaking Alice Cooper, is that the previous Zune owner liked a lot of older music, just like Star-Lord. That Zune seems loaded with dad rock, meaning it still may be awhile until Star-Lord is finally introduced to Nirvana. At least it’s not disco.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now available on Digital HD.