Although today James Gunn
is best known as the creative force behind the McU's hugely popular Guardians of the Galaxy
franchise, he is also responsible for writing the screenplay for the 2002 live-action Scooby Doo
film. While that movie was not a huge success upon release, it has since come to be regarded as something of a cult classic. Recently, a fan asked Gunn on Twitter
if he ever considered leaning into the 'Velma Dinkely is gay' fan theories while writing the script, and the filmmaker responded firmly in the affirmative.
"I tried! In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script. But the studio just kept watering it down & watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the version shot), then nothing (the released version) & finally having a boyfriend (the sequel)."
Velma is the brains of the Mystery, Inc. gang that comprises of the lead characters of the Scooby-Doo franchise, based on the classic Hanna-Barbera animated television show.