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So, ahead of the film’s release on Friday the 28th of April, there was plenty of news come out the weekend before it about the smaller aspects of the film, from dropped characters to the apparent confirmation that Sylvester Stallone will, in fact, play a role in it – yeah, I forgot all about his inclusion.
Whilst we’re on the subject, let’s start off with ole Sly Stallone, shall we?
There were rumours circulating for months about his possible inclusion in the film – heck, we possibly even broadcast it once upon a time – but nothing had ever materialised as proof positive.
However, thanks to Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige and GotG director James Gunn making comments during a press conference at the film’s LA premiere, we kind of have an answer.
When asked about Stallone’s character – Stakar Ogord – as well as any other surprise characters in the film, Feige commented, saying;
“They’re definitely the original Guardians. That was the fun of it and when James had the idea to do more with the Yondu character – who is also an original Guardian – there was the notion that he had a team once like Peter does now. That’d be fun to see them.”
Whilst still being very cryptic about it all, the inclusion of the original Guardian of the Galaxy within the movie, including Yondu, could mean anything.
We might get a weird crossover scene where Peter’s team comes face-to-face with the originals and offer up some funny banter, especially when Yondu sees his former teammates.
That being said, it’s just as likely to be left to the post-credits scene in all actuality, that way the main narrative doesn’t get bogged down and Stallone can still say he’s been in an MCU movie.
And speaking of which, our second piece of GotG news comes in the form of a character who won’t be seen in Vol. 2 but is possibly going to pop up in Vol. 3.
Adam Warlock, a character who, in the comics, is the genetic twin brother of Ayesha, the main antagonist for Vol. 2, was very nearly in the movie, says director James Gunn.
Apparently, within an interview with /Film, Gunn mentioned how he “loves Adam Warlock” and went on to say how he’s one of his “favourite characters.”
Gunn also added how close Warlock came to an inclusion in Vol. 2
“In all truth, I wrote an early treatment where I had Adam Warlock as a part. He was a big part of the screenplay and I realised it was one character too many. And I adored the character. I adored what we had done with him. I think we did something really creative and unique with Adam Warlock. But it was one character too many and I didn’t want to lose Mantis and Mantis was more organically part of the movie anyway. So I decided to save him for later.”
The other issue with Warlock is how integral to the Infinity Gauntlet arc he is, something that we know is coming very soon.
So, with his omission from Vol. 2, how will that affect the upcoming Infinity War movie?
Obviously, with that, we’ll have to wait and see as the Infinity War movie isn’t due out until next year.
And our final bit of GotG news here comes in the form of director James Gunn’s plans for the franchise.
Gunn, who is already announced as being on board to direct the third instalment, has made it very clear that his intention with the series was always to develop one main narrative across three films as opposed to developing three separate movies with differing stories a la Captain America, for instance.
Gunn, who was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly, stated how;
“I think really that the three movies work together as a whole, they’re going to tell one story. This is the story of this iteration of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ and we’re going to get to know the characters even better in the same way we got to know them much better in this film than the first one.”
So, there we have it, three movies, one narrative.
Starring Chris Pratt as Peter “Star-Lord” Quill, Dave Bautista as Drax, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillen as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Kurt Russell as Ego, and featuring the voice talents of Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, and Vin Diesel as Baby Groot.
EDIT: [SPOILER FOR ANYONE WHO STILL HASN’T SEEN GOTG] Stallone does in fact make an appearance, though in a bigger capacity than I guestimated owing to the fact that he is still in charge of a group of Ravagers and turns out has a bone to settle with Yondu.