The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 teaser hasn’t revealed much about the next movie (aside from some awkward bonding between Drax and Star Lord). Eagle-eyed viewers have been able to scrutinize every frame and infer some big hints about the plot, of course. However, longtime comics fan have already been able to deduce a lot about what’s coming next based simply on the cast list. Indeed, with hundreds of comics ready for reference, there’s a lot we can already tell you about the gallery of oddballs who’ll be joining the universe’s biggest misfits next summer. Enjoy these quick facts. Minor potential spoilers below.
Ego, the Living Planet
One of Jack Kirby’s most outrageous creations. His nickname’s pretty self-explanatory. Ego is what’d you get if there was a face on Mars or Venus. James Gunn has already made it clear that Vol. 2 won’t be beholden to any specifics of comics lore. As such, Kurt Russell’s Ego will not only assume human form at times, he’ll also be revealed as Star Lord’s father (instead of J’son of Spartax, who’s the culprit in the comics). Brace yourself for the IMAX equivalent of a trippy head shop poster whenever he assumes planetoid form, though.
This martial arts expert has a very, very complicated back-story which gets even more complex if you factor in the coy analogs of her which have appeared in other companies’ universes. Given the rest of the cast, there are two details about Mantis that seem especially salient, though. First, she serves as a kind of celestial Virgin Mary at points, prophecized to be the “Celestial Madonna” who’ll give birth to a messianic child. Second, the father of that kid is supposed to be alien of the Cotati race, a plant-like off-shoot of the Kree (whom Ronan the Accuser belongs to). Groot isn’t a Cotati, but he definitely is plant-like. Could he and Mantis be destined for love in this version of Marvels’ cosmos?
Remember that weird cocoon in the Collector’s gallery? This gold-skinned Venus might be hatching out of it. She was created by an Earthborne science collective, the Enclave, and soon ventured out into space for a greater destiny. It’s impossible to discuss Ayesha without mentioning her male counterpart, Adam Warlock, a character who’s alternately been an Adam-like figure, a Christlike figure, a godlike figure, and a member of the Guardians. Given how she’s been confirmed as the “big bad” of Vol. 2, perhaps she’ll factor most malevolently into Mantis’ Celestial Madonna plot? Or maybe not. As noted, Gunn has no qualms about picking, choosing, and outright disregarding aspects from the comics.
A member of the Reavers whom Gunn has picked to include, seemingly because he previously asserted that the character was too ridiculous to be in a movie. True to his other alias, Overkill, Taserface shows how convoluted Marvel continuity can be. He’s the product of “the Stark,” a race of aliens from an alternate future whose society is derived from Iron Man’s technology. He fought an alternate future version of Guardians, and was defeated by “Hollywood,” who’s an alternate future version of the next character on this list. Expect none of that to be reflected in Taserface’s on-screen depiction.
Spy photos have revealed posters on set for faux movies starring Nathan Fillion as “Simon Williams.” An Easter egg is probably all fans of this character are ever going to get in the MCU, as the movie-star-moonlighting-as-a-superhero has an alias that leads to a whole lot of cross-company confusion. Yes, Williams is better known as “Wonder Man,” though he has nothing to do with Diana, Princess of Paradise Island. Anybody who enjoyed the romantic tension between Scarlet Witch and Vision in Civil War, however, might be amused to know that ol’ Simon often competes with the synthezoid for Ms. Maximoff’s affections.
There you go! Do you see now how much crazier Vol. 2 might be? Which cosmic characters would you like to see in this next movie? Drop your thoughts in the talkback.
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