‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’: New Marvel Movie Characters Great And Small Revealed [Spoilers]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rumors are buzzing around the Internet and the next whisper from the grapevine comes to the Marvel web-o-sphere via Geek. Keep in mind, take the rumors with a grain of salt as even director James Gunn himself said (via his Facebook page last year) he’ll take no part in following up on rumors because, “eventually, someone is going to come up with a spoiler that has some truth to it.” Keep in mind, there may be movie spoilers ahead.

It has been rumored that Ego the Living Planet will be in the movie. If this is true, it could be quite an interesting character adaptation from the comic books. For those unfamiliar with the character, Ego was once a regular planet until he was imbued with sentience by a character called The Stranger according to Slash Film. There was a pivotal moment in the Marvel comics where he teamed up with the Asgrardian, Thor, against Galactus.

It sounded like he was one of the good guys, at first. Then, somewhere down the line, a being called Tana Nile attempted to utilize a portion of Ego for terraforming purposes. The experiment went awry, causing Ego to go insane.

Guardians of the Galaxy comic book lore indicates no mention of their encounter with Ego, but in the animated series he was slated to be in episode of “Bad Moon Rising;” however, this did not turn out to be the case. According to an episode recap via Nerdist, they instead encountered a “living moon” by the name of Mandala. It was not even a planet.

For clarification, don’t be confused by Planet Knowhere, which is a floating head of a dead Celestial. Though it looks planet-like in nature, it’s a severed dead head and not a living planet. It is highly resourceful and made useful by its residents in the movie.

Yet another Guardians 2 movie character that has been revealed is Mantis, the green alien with the funny antenna. The character is rumored be portrayed by Pom Klementieff, according IGN. On IMDB she’s there in black-and-white. She also starred in Old Boy. Geek also reported that Yondu and Nebula will be returning to the Gunn directed movie, as well.

In the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Yondu was last seen leaving Xandar and he made colorful metaphor about Star-Lord’s father. Nebula jumped ship during a battle where she sided with Ronan the Accuser against the Guardians and the soldiers on Xandar. Now, she’s said to be coming back in the second movie.

Director James Gunn was pretty adamant about rumors involving his film and Star-Lord’s parents. In the movie, it was his mother who was dying in the hospital bed and there was a mention of his father from the mouth of Yondu. The director made a declaration that the rumors involving the parents of Peter Quill were untrue, according to a report at Entertainment Weekly back in November.

“The rumors surrounding Quill’s parentage at the present moment are completely false, and aren’t even close to the truth.”

Now, it was also reported via Entertainment Weekly via Heroic Hollywood that Star-Lord’s father is Captain Mar-Vell, not to be confused by any kind of Kryptonian nomenclature. This was information coming from four different sources that do not know each other according to Umberto Gonzalez, editor of Heroic Hollywood. This character is not to be confused by Captain Marvel, but is actually said to be the Silver Age comics character, Mar-Vell.

Could the aforementioned Ego the Planet and Mantis rumors be true? Find out in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5, 2017.

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