O.S. “BRANDY” by LOOKING GLASS PLAYS.
EXT. FORD COBRA MUSTANG - DAY
A ‘79 Cobra winds alongside the MissouriRiver, past swaying loosestrife, vibrant sugar maples, andoily self-pump gas stations. A hazy sun glints off the hoodof the Cobra which, like its descendant the Milano, is orangeand teal.
We MOVE DOWN AND IN on a fresh-faced girl of 18 in thepassenger seat: MEREDITH QUILL. As “Brandy” blasts from thecar stereo, she pushes her fine, feathered hair from hermouth, and sings along, out-of-tune -
Do do do do do do do do do do do!
The driver, a MYSTERIOUS MAN in his 30’s, dressed in sleek,
mod attire, LAUGHS.
Meredith LAUGHS too. She SINGS and dances with abandon in
her seat. She’s a lively goofball, and it’s apparent wherePeter Quill received much of his personality.
EXT. DAIRY QUEEN/WOODS - MOMENTS LATER
The Cobra pulls beside this Dairy Queen in a desolate area.
EXT. WOODS BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN - MOMENTS LATER
The Mysterious Man helps Meredith down the steep hillsideinto the woods. “Brandy” continues to play on the car stereoin the lot behind them. Meredith GIGGLES.
This way, my river lily.
Where are you taking me?
The Mysterious Man shows her a STRANGE SPROUT nestled amongst
A few inches tall and decidedly alien in nature, its delicatelimbs twist and turn in a complex pattern.
Oh. It’s beautiful.
The Mysterious Man looks proudly at Meredith. With a
perpetually excited glint in his eye, and the air of a self-
empowerment guru, he is an intoxicating presence.
I was afraid it wouldn’t take to
the soil, but it rooted quickly.
He nods toward the sky between the branches above.
MYSTERIOUS MAN (CONT’D)
Soon it will be everywhere - allacross the universe, fulfillinglife’s one true purpose.
Which is what?
The Mysterious Man takes her in his arms. He gazes into her
eyes. She grows almost teary.
I’m not sure what you’re talkingabout. But I like the way you sayit.
My heart is yours, Meredith Quill.
I can’t believe I fell in love with
And they KISS, with passion, and love. “DO DO DO DO DO DO DO
DO DO DO DO!” sings Looking Glass as SOURCE BECOMES SCORE and
we TILT DOWN to the plant. It TWITCHES AND GROWS AND TWISTS.
We PUSH IN ON IT, where we see the plant is made, not only ofcellulose and leaves, but of a BRIGHT COSMIC LIGHT. And we
KEEPING PUSHING IN, INTO THE PLANT ITSELF, more FLESH-LIKE
than you’d imagine, where COLORFUL BACTERIA OVERCOMES US as
“BRANDY” DISTORTS AND TRANSFORMS into something epic.
O.S. A CRACK OF INTERDIMENSIONAL THUNDER
34 Years Later
EXT. THE SOVEREIGN - OUTER SPACE
An artificial, golden planet, made of interlocking orbs,
revolves around a blue sun.
We PUSH IN on THUNDEROUS INTERDIMENSIONAL CRACKS on one small
patch of planet.
I/E. POWER STATION - DAY
A DIMENSIONAL CRACK SNAPS in the sky overhead. PETER QUILL
looks from it to an old MATTEL ELECTRONICS FOOTBALL GAME
converted into a tracker. A RED DOT APPROACHES.
Showtime, a-holes! It’ll be here
Which will be its loss.
Quill turns toward GAMORA, loading a rifle. DRAX, ROCKET,
and BABY GROOT also ready themselves for battle in thisgrand, open-air power station. Dozens of BATTERIES arecouched in conductor towers encircling them. Quill, Gamora,
and Rocket wear flying rigs.