12:33pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director Addresses Complaints Over Lack of Film Merchandise for Girls
Responding to fan outcry about an absence of merchandise for Gamora, the sole female member of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn has said that he is trying to fix things ahead of the movie's 2017 sequel.
"I had a big conversation about this yesterday with one of my producers at Marvel about trying to make sure, especially, that Gamora is represented more in [merchandise] and all the Guardians toys but especially all the clothing and bedsheets and all that stuff," Gunn said on Facebook in response to a question about the character's absence from material released to tie in with the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
The lack of merchandise for Zoe Saldana's character sparked much online discussion — and the creation of its own hashtag, #WheresGamora — in summer 2014, with the character only present in six toys produced to support the movie. Additionally, she was left out of group shots on certain merchandising because it was targeted at boys.
"I think its really important [and] that oftentimes it’s something Marvel is concerned with, as I am," he added. "It’s frustrating and stuff, and it bums me out."
Elsewhere in the video Q&A posted on the social media site, Gunn said that the second Guardians movie will begin shooting in February, and that "a very important casting" was currently under discussion for the sequel. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to open May 5, 2017.