As grown up as MCU projects may get these days, one thing they haven’t done in all these years is drop any F-bombs. Nope, not even the “R-rated” former Netflix Defenders shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. That, along with any nudity, remain as Marvel taboos. (Although Spider-Man almost dropped one at the end of Far From Home). But an F-bomb did make it into Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. Well, sort of.
Via CBR, we’ve learned that podcaster and MCU fan Dan Zetterström shared a Skrull language translator via Twitter. He put it right next to a screencap from Guardians Vol. 2. That screencap was altered to show off some graffiti in Groot’s room on board the Benatar. And when converted from Skrull to English, it says “F*** You.” Well, Groot is a rebellious and surly teenager at this point. It makes all the sense. James Gunn confirmed it, saying “Adolescent Groot definitely has a potty mouth.” And that’s how the first F-bomb landed in the MCU.
Groot might have snuck in an F-Bomb under the radar, but Oscar Isaac tried to do the same, and failed. In an interview with Screen Rant, the man who played Marc Spector (and Steven Grant and Jake Lockley) revealed that thanks to TV-MA guidelines allowing for one F-bomb, he thought he could get away with it. It would have been a tribute to an old meme from the Vine days, where a kid gets sucker-punched out of nowhere and lets an audible, “Oh f***!”
But alas, the folks at Marvel Studios and Disney+ didn’t allow it—despite an audible F-bomb heard in X-Men: First Class, which is currently streaming on the platform. We guess it’s okay for Wolverine to say but not Moon Knight? That hardly seems fair. We call shenanigans. If it’s okay for Logan (and Groot, sort of) then it should be okay for Moon Knight. But for now, Groot holds the F-bomb title alone