Pete Davidson, the popular comedian and actor, has been making waves in two recent projects: his new Peacock series, Bupkis, and James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3. While Bupkis features Davidson as a central character, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 sees him make a cameo appearance.
Warning: This post contains spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3.
Davison’s Cameo Appearance
For his trilogy-capper, writer/director James Gunn crafted a story that brings together the core Guardians crew, including Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Nebula (Karen Gillen), Gamora (Zoe Saldaña), Groot (Vin Diesel), Drax (Dave Bautista), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff). In this movie, they assemble to save their furry friend Rocket (Bradley Cooper) from a close brush with death. Their journey takes them from their HQ on the spaceport Knowhere to a Counter-Earth overseen by the High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji), a creator of hybrid creatures like the wisecracking, gun-toting space raccoon.
One of those creatures is Phlektik, a blobby being that looks like something the High Evolutionary never got finished tinkering with. In a moment of empathy, Mantis lets him flee with the others, and Phlektik responds with a few words of gratitude, uttered in Davidson’s recognizably laconic voice.
Gunn Confirms Davidson’s Cameo
Over the weekend, Gunn shared evidence of Davidson’s presence in the film on Twitter, including a picture of the actor that revealed he was actually on set for his cameo.
“Pete not only voiced but actually came to visit us in Atlanta,” the filmmaker revealed, including a series of photos with Davidson standing next to cast members Pratt, Saldana, and Klementieff.
Davidson’s Previous Role in Gunn’s Superhero Movies
This is the second time that Gunn has found a part for Davidson in one of his superhero movies. The King of Staten Island star previously had a bit part in The Suicide Squad, Gunn’s 2021 reboot/sequel of the 2016 all-villain team-up directed by David Ayer. There he played the mercenary Richard Hertz aka Blackguard, and scored a memorable death scene in the bloodbath that opens the movie.
Davidson’s Love for Superhero Movies and James Gunn
Appearing on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon in 2021, Davidson explained the backstory of how he ended up connecting with Gunn. “I love superhero movies and I’m a huge James Gunn fan,” he said. “I got a call from James Gunn, he was like, ‘There’s this role for you in the movie. And you play a guy named Richard Hertz.’ And I was like ‘Dick Hertz! I’m in!'”
Who does Pete Davidson play in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3?
In Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, Pete Davidson voices the character Phlektik, a blobby being that the Guardians encounter during their mission to save Rocket.
What other Marvel movie has Pete Davidson appeared in?
Pete Davidson had a bit part in The Suicide Squad, James Gunn’s 2021 reboot/sequel of the 2016 all-villain team-up directed by David Ayer. He played the mercenary Richard Hertz aka Blackguard, and scored a memorable death scene in the bloodbath that opens the movie.
What other projects is Pete Davidson working on?
Pete Davidson stars in a new Peacock series called Bupkis, which premiered on May 4. He is also known for his work on Saturday Night Live, and has appeared in several movies, including The King of Staten Island, Trainwreck, and Set It Up.
Will Pete Davidson appear in future Marvel or DC movies?
Since James Gunn likes bringing back the same actors across his many movies, it’s possible that Davidson could make an appearance in the new DC Universe as well. Not for nothing, but Gunn is still looking for a Man of Steel to star in his next movie, Superman: Legacy. Just imagine all the speed dating Davidson could get away with if he had Superman’s powers.