Writer and director of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, James Gunn, has thanked fans all over the world in a heartfelt Facebook post.

Admitting to having an “incredibly difficult time” fitting in as a child, and to having “suicidal thoughts”, he credits the likes of Marvel comics for helping him through:

When I was young I felt utterly alone, at times to the point of suicidal thoughts. I never felt like I belonged, had an incredibly difficult time connecting to other people and, despite having love around me, I had an impossible time experiencing it, or taking it in.

But I found my respite in popular entertainment – Marvel comics, science fiction and horror films, the music of The Sex Pistols, The Replacements, and Queen. Suddenly I could see past the bland suburbs where I lived into a more magical world, a world more aligned with what I imagined.

He goes on to claim that he takes little notice of box office figures, and is simply happy to “pay [his] mortgage, feed [his] dog and cat, and continue making movies.”

He finishes by thanking Guardians fans for supporting him and “letting [them] know [they’ve] keyed into the frequency of your hearts.”

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jgunn/posts/10154221233461157

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is out in cinemas now, and you can read our review here.