Zune will play an important role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Its days of being the best MP3 player money can buy (take that, iPod!) may be over, but it turns out Microsoft's Zune still has an important role to play.

If you've seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, you'll likely remember the appearance of a Microsoft Zune near the end. The ill-fated MP3 player was used as a bit of a joke, but also as a way to connect protagonist Peter "Star-Lord" Quill with his mother, Meredith, through music.

As it turns out, the Zune was meant to achieve more than a chuckle and a heartwarming moment. According to a recent Facebook Live Q&A with the movie's director, James Gunn, Star-Lord's newly acquired Zune will also serve as a way for his (spoiler) now-dead surrogate father, Yondu, to communicate with him through song in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (via Polygon).

Spoiler spoiler spoiler, the song choices in Vol. 3 will be Yondu communicating with Peter

The Zune's best years may be behind it, but it's neat to see it still seeing some relevance more than a decade after its debut — even if slightly in jest. No word on what type of music we'll be hearing from the Zune in the next movie, but the move from the franchise's signature Sony Walkman to the Zune certainly opens up the possibility of slightly more current song choices.

For more, check out the full Q&A with James Gunn in the Facebook video below.