Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starts showing in North America next week, but it’s already showing in other countries. From here on out, this will be filled with spoilers, so anyone interested in the sequel should watch it first. Now that introductions are done, here are the characters who live, die and cameo in Marvel’s latest blockbuster.
Let’s start with the more interesting part, as characters do die in the film, though only two are really important. Yondu and Rocket actually kill most of the Ravagers in a really fun sequence, after they betray him early on. This is a surprisingly violent scene that remained PG-13 due to the lack of blood, so think about that.
One of these traitors is Taserface, a character from the classic Guardians of the Galaxy comics, so that’s noteworthy. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 makes him a joke character, though he does kill many Ravagers loyal to Yondu. Hardly the most exciting villain, but Rocket does get a few laughs out of his name, so that’s entertaining.
Now on to the more important deaths, which are pretty significant to the overall story of the Guardians. After it’s revealed that Ego wants to live forever by putting himself in other planets, the team successfully ‘subdues’ him.
Villain deaths are expected in a Marvel film, but the Guardians sequel might be the first to kill an important supporting character. In the climax, Star-Lord is separated from the group and accepts his fate, but is saved by Yondu in the last minute. As a show of love, Yondu gives Star-Lord his oxygen suit and actually does the biggest sacrifice of his life.
Fans hoping to see The Avengers or Thor in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 are going to be disappointed. There are no ties to Infinity War or Thor Ragnarok, though Jeff Goldblum is shown dancing in the end credits with everyone else. Goldblum is the Grandmaster in Thor Ragnarok, so his appearance was odd, even though it doesn’t affect the story.
Sylvester Stallone has a brief appearance in the film, but it looks like he could have his own set of adventures in the future. His character in the film is Stakar Ogord, one of Yondu’s old teammates and an original Guardian of the Galaxy in the comics. In the comics, his superhero name is Starhawk and his complicated backstory was covered by Screenrant.
We also get Stan Lee in one of his more eye opening cameos that actually expands upon the universe. Lee is a lost astronaut and is seen talking to The Watchers, who are a very vital part of the Marvel Universe. They see and know everything, but can only watch planets succeed or fail based on their own merits.
Lastly, we get Howard the Duck in a fairly brief scene. He’s just drinking with a random alien, so fans expecting Man-Thing to appear are going to be sad. Cosmo, the dog in a spacesuit, can be seen in the credits, though he never appears in the film. That’s something of a shame, since Cosmo is a telepathic Russian dog who guided the Guardians during the acclaimed DnA run.
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Most of these are fairly jokey scenes, but two of them are worth pointing out. After failing to destroy the Guardians throughout the film, The Sovereign are seen preparing a new warrior to kill the team. Their Queen names him Adam, essentially confirming a future appearance from Adam Warlock, one of the most powerful cosmic characters in Marvel.
Starhawk is also seen with the original members of the Guardians in the comics, as they talk about regrouping after what happened to Yondu. Michelle Yeoh also appears as Aleta Ogord, and she and Stallone give off this weird (old) Marvel group vibe. They seemingly agree and it seems like we will be seeing more of them soon. Another movie? Naaah.