7 Marvel Characters Who Could Join the Team for Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is still two years away from hitting theaters, but rumors are already swirling about the film thanks to director James Gunn's recent comments that seem to indicate that the team of space-adventuring misfits could gain two new additions in the sequel. Gunn claims that one of the newbies will be female, and one might be someone already familiar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but those terms aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. So, based on what we know, who's going to make the team in 2017? Here are our nominees:
If the team goes with just one new addition, Nebula is pretty much the only character we can think of who fits both criteria of being a woman and being familiar to viewers. She's probably in need of a place to go since lost her employer Ronan at the end of the first movie, and also wasn't very happy with Thanos the last time she saw him, so maybe she joins up with her adopted sister Gamora and fights against their "father" together.
A founding member of this Guardians incarnation in the comics, Warlock has been a popular rumor for inclusion in the sequel ever since people spotted an opened cocoon in the ruins of the Collector's room (in the comics, Adam Warlock was created as the perfect human and emerges from a cocoon). He also has a history of possessing one of the infinity gems, and he plays a big role in the Infinity Gauntlet storyline from the comics as an antagonist to Thanos. Introducing him could be a way for Marvel to introduce another infinity gem to the MCU, and could also begin setting up Avengers: Infinity War.
Another founding member missing from the first movie, Phyla-Vell has connections to a few big players on the Marvel cosmic scene. She becomes the new Quasar after the death of the original, and she's also the daughter of the original Captain Marvel, Mar-Vell, even going by the name Captain Marvel herself for a time. While Gunn has said that Captain Marvel will not appear in Guardians 2, he never said anything about planting some seeds for Captain Marvel the movie, which comes out in 2018 and is based on the Carol Danvers version of the character. In the comics, Danvers gets her powers from Mar-Vell, which is actually rather convenient for the MCU when you think about it. Then there's the fact that Phyla-Vell is a member of the Kree, a race we're already familiar with thanks to the first Guardians film.
Mantis acted as an adviser in the comics to this Guardians team, and also has a lengthy history with the Avengers. She's a gifted martial artist with some control over plant life, which could lead to some interesting interactions with Groot. An earthling in the comics, she could easily be retconned as an alien (she is green with antennae) since Gunn has stated he doesn't want any other characters sharing the human element of Star Lord.
In the comics, Moondragon has some pretty big connections to a couple of characters from the first film. She is Drax's daughter, but was raised by Thanos' father, Mentor. Drax's storyline was changed a lot for the movie (he's not an alien in the comics, he's a human who has his soul placed in a superhuman body made to kill Thanos), but it's not too crazy to think that Drax's daughter whom he thinks died in the movie actually survived to become Moondragon. And oh yeah, she's pretty much always got it out for Thanos like the rest of the Guardians.
Angela is a bit of a wild card. She was originally an Image Comics character, but thanks to a legal issue, Marvel gained the rights to use her in 2013. Since then, they've retconned her to make her the sister of Thor and Loki and stuck her on the current Guardians team, where she has quickly become a prominent member. Are the head honchos at Marvel Comics really that in love with this character, or do they have an ulterior motive? We wouldn't be at all shocked that all of this Angela promotion was setting the stage for an appearance in Guardians 2, especially since her Asgardian lineage would set up a convenient link to the rest of the MCU.
They don't get much more familiar than this guy. Tony Stark was a member of the Guardians in the comics in 2013, and though that may have just been some clever marketing by Marvel to gain some notoriety for the then little-known cosmic team ahead of their big screen debut, it has also opened the door for Tony Stark to show up himself as one of the Guardians. We're pretty sure there are no more solo Iron Man movies, so spots in other heroes' movies (e.g. Captain America: Civil War) may be what we should expect from Iron Man from now on.