‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2′: 5 New Characters in the Sequel

Throughout its many films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been pretty slick in the way it has gradually introduced both headlining heroes as well as supporting players like Falcon, War Machine, and Scarlet Witch. Little by little, the franchise has been building up its ranks, to the point that not even Captain America: Civil War could contain all the characters wandering the MCU. As the mystical and cosmic are expanded upon with new heroes like Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel, respectively, we can only imagine how these character might be integrated into the fold. 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 alone has great potential to bring more characters into its quirky corner of the MCU, especially given its nature as an ensemble piece already. Director James Gunn certainly isn’t wasting that opportunity, as many new characters are joining Star-Lord, Gamora, and their crew in next year’s hotly anticipated sequel. We’ll take a look at some of the new faces who will be joining the MCU in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

1. Ego

Ego the Living Planet Marvel Comics

Ego the Living Planet | Marvel Comics

For awhile, rumors were swirling about how the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel would address the lingering mystery of Star-Lord’s backstory. Gunn himself revealed the news at San Diego Comic-Con when he announced that Kurt Russell would be playing Star-Lord’s father. A trailer acknowledged Russell’s role as that of Ego the Living Planet, who is one of the strangest Marvel villains in the comics. Naturally, the character has taken human form for his appearance in the film, but it will be interesting to see what Russell does with the role and if he has a part to play in subsequent MCU films. Bonus points that his Tango & Cash co-star Sylvester Stallone is set to make a cameo as well.

2. Mantis

Mantis Marvel Comics

Mantis | Marvel Comics

Pom Klementieff will play new team member Mantis in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. In the comics, the character is a former member of the Avengers and possesses a number of impressive abilities, including healing, plant manipulation, and astral projection. Moreover, she is an accomplished martial artist, likely giving her fellow green-skinned female teammate Gamora, a run for her money in the combat department.

As for Mantis’s appearance in the film, we know she’s got a longtime connection to Ego but we have little idea thus far as to how her comic book counterpart reflects on the film version.

Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Marvel

Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | Marvel

3. Wonder Man

Wonder Man Marvel Comics

Wonder Man | Marvel Comics

For years, comic book fans have been clamoring for Firefly star Nathan Fillion to land a superhero role. After all, the actor has provided his voice to several DC characters, including Green Lantern, over the years, and he has a long-standing collaboration with Gunn, having appeared in all three of his previous directorial efforts. Though Fillion had a brief voice cameo in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, he’s playing an iconic Marvel comics character this time, again albeit briefly. Set photos have revealed images in which the actor plays Simon Williams aka Wonder Man.

We still have no clue how the character fits into the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel though. For all we know, Fillion’s appearance could be an Easter egg, but we hope he has more to do than that.

4. Ayesha

Ayesha Marvel Comics

Ayesha | Marvel Comics

One of the biggest criticisms of the first Guardians of the Galaxy is that Ronan the Accuser was a particularly weak villain, even given the lackluster baddies of the MCU. Perhaps the sequel can rectify this, as the Guardians are going up against Ayesha this time around. Elizabeth Debicki (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) will play the character — also known as Paragon, Her, and Kismet over the years. She is a goddess-like figure with blonde hair and abilities that include flight, regeneration, and the production of energy blasts.

Created by the same group of scientists behind Adam Warlock (another character long rumored to join the MCU), Ayesha’s appearance could signify big things for the cosmic side of the MCU.

5. Taserface

Taserface Marvel Comics

Taserface | Marvel Comics

The benefit of bringing the more obscure Guardians of the Galaxy team members into such an expansive universe is that the MCU can tap into the deep well of comic characters that have appeared in Marvel Comics over the years. Taserface is certainly one of them.

One of the oldest Guardian foes, this alien creature later adopted the name Overkill and bears weaponized hands. In the new film, he’ll be played by Chris Sullivan. At this point, it’s unclear how much of his comics origin will carry over into his big-screen appearance.

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