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Director James Gunn has been very good about keeping fans up to date about the goings on with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. While he ceased commenting on rumors and speculation, and hasn’t jumped into full on spoiler territory at all, he’s always got something to show fans, even if it doesn’t really tell us much. His newest on set sketch of the film gives us our first look, if that’s the right term, of the newest member of the Guardians team, Mantis.
As the sketch is barely comprehensible it really doesn’t show us a great deal, but luckily, nobody else in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has traditional antennae like that, otherwise we’d be confused. Mantis is the only new character who has been officially confirmed by James Gunn himself. The role will be played by Pom Klementieff. This scene apparently also included two other characters but as neither of them have particularly distinguishing characteristics, it’s essentially impossible to guess who they are. They’re probably not Rocket or Groot, but that’s about all we can say. The guy on the left could be Star-Lord, though, it could also be literally anybody else. Honestly, as Gunn says that his storyboard design is not indicative of the character, the fact is the other two characters could be literally anybody. The drawing is meant to differentiate them for Gunn, not make them look like their characters for anybody else.
In the text of his post James Gunn is very complementary of the work that Pom Klementieff is doing for the film. Her name was attached to the film, and the Mantis character, for months prior to the official announcement, which is likely part of the reason that Gunn confirmed the role. He also says that Kurt Russell has been doing great. At this point the common belief is that Russell will play Peter Quill’s father, though that’s not confirmed, and even if it’s true, we still have no idea what character that will turn out to be.
For as much as James Gunn likes to throw sketches at us or do a Q&A on Facebook, he’s been very good about not really telling us much at all about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We know that Thanos will not be making an appearance, and so it appears that the plot will be mostly self contained, and not make any major connections to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There are still two Marvel movies standing between us and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. As much as we’re looking forward to these new characters, we mostly want to just hang out with our old friends again. How much are you looking forward to seeing the new Guardians of the Galaxy?