Despite what it looks like, that isn't a photo of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star Zoe Saldana about to be attacked by a vampire at the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premiere. It's just a photo capturing legendary comics creator Jim Starlin chatting with Saldana, who plays the character created by Starlin, Gamora, in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. At least, we think that's the case. Look, there's no evidence that Jim Starlin is actually a vampire. Why would you even bring it up?
Starlin took to Facebook with praise for Saldana, posting the above photo along with some others.
"Had a lovely chat with Zoe Saldana about a certain emerald hued lady we both have in common," Starlin said. "I was terribly amused that she wasn't quite sure how she feels about portraying the adult in the Guardians' cast. Personally I think she's the closest to being right on the money on playing the character I wrote in the comics. And yes, she is as knock out gorgeous in person as on the screen."
Hobnobbing with the stars, Starlin has come a long way since Marvel wouldn't even give him a free ticket to see another of his characters, Thanos, debut on the big screen in the post-credits scene from Avengers in 2012 (er… spoiler alert). At the time, Starlin said, "It's nice to see my work recognized as being worth something beyond the printed page, and it was very cool seeing Thanos up on the big screen. But this is the second film that had something I created for Marvel in it – the Infinity Gauntlet in Thor being the other – and both films I had to pay for my own ticket to see them. Financial compensation to the creators of these characters doesn't appear to be part of the equation."
Marvel eventually made things right with Starlin, flying him out for the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere in 2014. Though as for financial compensation, Starlin revealed earlier this year that he made for the appearance of a minor character in Batman v. Superman than he did for Gamora, Drax, and Thanos in all the Marvel movies, writing, "Just received a very big check from D.C. Entertainment for my participation in Batman V Superman, Dawn of Justice (Anatoli Knyyazev), much bigger than anything I've gotten for Thanos, Gamora and Drax showing up in any of the various Marvel movies they appeared in, combined. Guess I'll finally have to sit down and watch the movie."
Batman v. Superman may have been more financially lucrative, but Guardians of the Galaxy does have at least one advantage over it: it's actually watchable.
Check out Starlin's other photos from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 event below. The movie hits theaters May 5.
Unfortunately, Starlin was totally dissed by Dave Bautista: