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James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy being named deadliest film ever

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Jay Maidment

Guarding the galaxy is not for the faint of heart — just ask James Gunn.

On Tuesday the filmmaker tweeted about a new report ranking his 2014 Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy as the movie with the largest body count ever depicted on screen.

“So I guess #GotG is now the deadliest film in movie history,” Gunn wrote. “By, like, a lot. Um, yay?” He added a flushed-face emoji.

According to a study by the financial services website Go Compare, GOTG has an estimated death toll of 83,871, with about 80,000 of those coming from the fleet of Nova Corps pilots wiped out in a climactic scene.

The GOTG figure far outstrips the No. 2 film, Dracula Untold, which had only 5,687 deaths. There is one major caveat, however: The study only includes individual deaths shown on screen, so scenes like the destruction of the planet Alderaan in Star Wars didn’t count.

In follow-up tweets, Gunn signed off on the 80,000 ships estimate but also offered some more positive news: Asked if Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. II would be even deadlier than the first, he said it would not. Check out some of Gunn’s tweets below.