James Gunn Gives Update on Rick & Morty Prank During GOTG Vol 3 Filming

James Gunn Gives Update on Rick & Morty Prank During GOTG Vol 3 Filming

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn shares the latest addition to his Rick and Morty collection, all received from a mystery prankster.

Director James Gunn has given an update on the ongoing Rick and Morty prank that has been baffling him throughout shooting for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Plot details on the third solo outing for Marvel’s dysfunctional, pop culture-referencing team have been kept very tightly under wraps. However, it has been confirmed that stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, and Sylvester Stallone will be reprising their roles from the previous two entries in the Guardians franchise. The movie will follow on from the events of Avengers: Endgame, which saw an alternate version of Saldaña’s character joining the team after the original Gamora was murdered by Thanos, and this summer’s Thor: Love and Thunder, in which the Guardians will appear alongside the titular God of Thunder. The characters are set to make an additional appearance ahead of Vol. 3 in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, which will air on Disney+ this December.

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Filming for the Marvel movie began very recently following Gunn’s work on DC’s The Suicide Squad and its spinoff HBO Max series Peacemaker, with various behind-the-scenes images of Vol. 3 being shared on social media. However, the typical shenanigans of the intergalactic superhero band have not just been confined to the camera. It was revealed last month that someone among the cast and crew has been mysteriously hanging Rick and Morty figurines on Gunn’s video feed. The director has since been sharing regular updates during filming on his ever-growing collection and has remained bewildered as to who has been sneakily supplying them, although he has claimed that he has his suspicions.

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Gunn has now provided a further update on the prank and it appears that he has finally received a figurine of Morty’s mother Beth Smith. Sharing a picture of his impressive assortment on Twitter, Gunn goes on to exclaim how he’s “praying we find the culprit” before he finishes shooting in six weeks’ time, although he’s still looking forward to “getting new figures”. Check out Gunn’s complete Rick and Morty set so far below:

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Gunn’s love for the animated science fiction series is well-known, even to the point where fans have speculated on the possibility of Gunn directing a live-action Rick and Morty in the future. Despite the fact that the prank has now continued for three and a half weeks, the director is evidently still enjoying it, although he now appears desperate to find out who is behind it all. Given that it seems to have reached a point where the figurines are now dominating his video feed setup, Gunn’s comments suggest that he is trying to find a happy medium between gaining as many figures as possible and unmasking the prankster before it gets completely out-of-hand.

No doubt many fans of both franchises will have been wondering themselves who the mysterious culprit could be, and this latest showcase of their sneaky endeavors will likely fuel conjecture even further. Since Gillan has pranked Gunn on set already, it may be that she’s the current prime suspect among the cast and crew. But regardless of the true identity of the secret figure-buyer, it remains to be seen just how far things will go before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 wraps filming in just a few weeks’ time.

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