Director James Gunn, a big music fan, seems to be referencing the legendary New York punk band

By Brian Ives

(RADIO.COM) – By now, fans know that Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is a huge music fan: ’70s music — via a mix tape that Star Lord (Chris Pratt) listened to on a figured heavily into the first film and the soundtrack topped the Billboard album charts and has been certified platinum.

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The sequel, which in mix tape style will be titled Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 , is due out next year, and Gunn has just posted the film’s first poster.

Some fans have noted that it has more than a passing similarity to the cover of the Ramones’ third album, 1977’s Rocket to Russia. Look at both images below.

One fan on Gunn’s Facebook page posted an image of the Ramones’ album, commenting, “Emphasis on the Rocket here,” to which Gunn replied, “Precisely.”

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Before he began his career as a film director, Gunn was a musician, fronting a band called the Icons in the late ’80s and ’90s. Gunn has composed music for some of the films he has directed, including the first two Scooby-Doo films.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is due out May 5, 2017.

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