9 Comic Book Movies That Almost Had Way Better Endings

8. Quill's Grandfather - Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy's original ending was apt, but kind of predictable: after saving the day and recovering his ship, Star Lord (Peter Quill) opens a package to receive another mix tape from his mother, as the newly-formed Guardians set off on a new adventure. Originally, though, writer/director James Gunn had a different ending in mind: the film was supposed to finish on a scene showing Peter Quill's grandfather looking up at the stars, still awaiting the return of his grandson after he goes missing in the film's opening scene. Gunn ultimately decided to scrap this ending, however, when he deemed it to be too depressing to watch. In the director's own words:
"He has this photograph of Peter as a little boy and he looks up at the stars and we go up to the stars and it was really sweet. It means that he must have seen Quill getting abducted at the end of that day and is still waiting for him to return but it was freaking sad so we took it out."
One can't help but feel as though the safer, more "fun-time" option was a bit of a cop-out when compared to this more dramatic one - having Quill's grandfather at the end film would have brought the events of Guardians of the Galaxy full-circle, whilst simultaneously giving the movie some added weight. Groot dancing to the Jackson Five is funny, but it's also a broad path to go down: this ending could've been soul-stirring.

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.