James Gunn "Reveals" Final Guardians of the Galaxy Easter Egg — On Facebook

Fans hoping to find the long-hidden final Easter egg in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy will have to wait a little longer: director James Gunn playfully posted it "for everyone to see" on Facebook — the social media site suffering worldwide outages. On Monday, Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms went down around 11:40 a.m. ET with no explanation for the outage. Facebook tweeted that "some people are having trouble accessing Facebook app," including users attempting to log on and discover the "big" but hard-to-find Easter egg concealed since the film's release in 2014. 

"I just posted the big Guardians Easter egg for everyone to see," Gunn tweeted. In response to a follower who reported their Facebook isn't working, a tongue-in-cheek Gunn replied: "WHAT???!!" 

After the home media release of Guardians in 2014, Gunn told ComicBook there are "definitely some things that people haven't seen" still hiding in the galaxy-spanning adventure about Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and his crew of intergalactic misfits. 

"There's definitely one really big thing that people haven't seen, but they may never see it — we'll see," teased Gunn. "There's other things, too." 

Audiences have since uncovered other Easter eggs in the movie, but the now-infamous "big" Easter egg referenced by Gunn remains a mystery. Ahead of the release of the film's 2017 sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Gunn wrote on Facebook: "[The Easter eggs] have not all been found. No one has found the big one, really. Maybe once someone came close."

In 2019, indirectly responding to a fan theory published online, Gunn confirmed in a tweet that the elusive Easter egg has been "partially discovered." 

"Partially correctly and partially incorrectly," reads Gunn's cryptic 2019 tweet. "You know who you are." 

After YouTube user MasterTainment published a video in 2018 speculating that the coordinates to Knowhere hide a secret Easter egg revealing "the Celestial nature [of] Peter Quill's (Pratt) father...Ego the Living Planet (Kurt Russell) from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." On Reddit, a user extended the theory at length and concluded that the Easter egg hunt uncovers family secrets before they're exposed in Vol. 2.  

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Gunn next returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, releasing 2022 on Disney+, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, and Vin Diesel as Groot, Vol. 3 is scheduled to open in theaters on May 5, 2023.