After the ongoing Sony hack perpetrated by the so-called Guardians of Peace shut down their intended target, the James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview," we thought we were done. But it looks like even Marvel's upcoming sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy" isn't immune to the repercussions of these terror threats.
Okay, fine, this isn't real -- it's actually director James Gunn taking to Instagram to make a joke about the "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" plot line involving the parentage of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), something that will play out in the sequel.
But it's also a very sharp, very timely joke. Though there's no real way the North Korean attack could directly affect the plot of a superhero movie set in space, the censorship of "The Interview" has already affected other upcoming movies, including a Steve Carrell comedy that was to be set in North Korea... And has now been totally scrapped.
We're still in the first 24 hours of the repercussions of Sony's decision to pull "The Interview" from theaters, so what impact this will have on Hollywood both in the short and long run has yet to be seen.
But Gunn's picture, while both a way to tease fans of the movie, and to make a very, very silly joke -- in case it isn't clear, Kim Jong-un was never a candidate to be Peter Quill's Dad, sorry for killing the comedy -- also points to something greater: the Sony hack, and the Guardians of Peace's successful attack on "The Interview" is going to enter nearly every conversation had about a major Hollywood movie for months, if not years.
Now let's all lobby for Kevin Bacon to be Quill's Dad, that would be the best.