After cameos in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'The Suicide Squad,' director James Gunn paid tribute to his dog in the sweetest way.
James Gunn's directing work on the DC Comics hit Suicide Squad has gotten him a lot of well-deserved attention, but it's not his only foray into the action-packed world of comic-book movies.
Gunn has previously directed and written films for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and he is set to return to the helm for the franchise's upcoming and highly anticipated release.
Gunn has come a long way since his days on Scooby-Doo (2002), but the fun-loving family man has managed to sneak in a few cameos for his own pup in some of his blockbuster hits.
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Gunn is best known for his work on Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in addition to his work on Suicide Squad.
These additions, like many others in the MCU franchise, have been scrutinized for minute details, and Gunn made sure to deliver the goods to eagle-eyed fans.
For one thing, the soundtrack has aided in the development of the film's protagonist, Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt).
Quill's Walkman is a series staple, and the mixtape that helps him get through some of his toughest moments is a tribute to his mother, giving the upbeat tunes a poignant and meaningful meaning.
Another area where observant fans can make money is in the small details between characters.
Some interpreted Drax's positioning between Gamora and Thor as a protective moment rooted in the "family" theme that runs throughout the film series.
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Gunn's family is important to him in real life, too, and one place where it shows up in a cute way is in his films, where he includes his pet dog.
Dr. Wesley Von Spears, James Gunn's beloved dog who died in 2020 at the impressive age of 16, was part Cocker Spaniel and part Siberian Husky "with a little bit of Greyhound thrown in," according to IMDb. The pooch was no stranger to life in the spotlight and had a credited role in the 2008 short PG Porn.
He also appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy as the holographic dog in an uncredited cameo.
Fans were quick to point out on Reddit that the dog also made a brief appearance in Suicide Squad.
Dr. Wesley Von Spears was the inspiration for the fictional cigar brand featured in Suicide Squad, according to Gunn, and the logo even featured the dog's likeness.
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Gunn's success isn't just bringing 15 minutes of fame to the family pets.
When it was brought up that Gunn's parents made a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (with the hilarious character roles of "Weird Old Man" and "Weird Old Man's Mistress"), Gunn quickly jumped in to clarify that they weren't the only ones.
Gunn's family cameos included his brother, sister-in-law, and their children, as well as other nieces and a brother-in-law, who all got a chance to appear briefly in the film â at the cost of being "mowed down."
James Gunn's brother Sean Gunn, who is best known for playing Kirk in Gilmore Girls, has also had roles in his brother's hit shows.
Sean Gunn portrayed Kraglin in both Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2.
Fans can expect even more cameos from Gunn's family now that filming for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has begun.