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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 made quite the impression at San Diego Comic-Con this past Saturday, from showing exclusive footage to the folks in Hall H to publicly revealing who Kurt Russell is playing. The convention is now over, but director James Gunn isn't done given fans a taste of the sequel. He just gave us a good look at nine cutthroats who will be terrorizing the MCU's cosmos in 2017.
Gunn posted a picture on Instagram showing off nine of the Ravagers who will be seen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We have quite an interesting gathering of rogues and rapscallions, but the most notables faces among the bunch are Kraglin (at the bottom center), being reprised by Sean Gunn, and Taserface in the center, played by Chris Sullivan. While Yondu is still the leader of the Ravagers when the movie begins, Taserface will lead a group of mutineers against him during the story. Perhaps this is what leads Yondu to join the Guardians with Mantis and Nebula. Kraglin was Yondu's first mate in the first movie, but we don't know yet whether he'll side with his boss or join with the other detractors. It also remains to be seen whether any of the other Ravagers in this picture will have important parts or simply be hanging around, but none of them look like someone you should pick a fight with.
Just like any group of pirates, the Ravagers only care about money, jewels, treasure and any other objects that will make them rich. That's why Yondu and his men kidnapped Peter Quill from Earth as a child: they were hired by Quill's father to get the job done. However, Yondu instead opted to raise Peter himself rather than turn him over. 26 years later, Peter screwed over the Ravagers by stealing the Orb, a.k.a. the Power Stone, for himself, leading Yondu and the other pirates to chase after him to collect the treasure they were hired to steal. While they did help protect Xandar in Guardians of the Galaxy's climactic battle, it was only so Yondu would get the Orb, and even then they didn't succeed because the Guardians passed off the real Orb to the Nova Corps.
Even with all the recent information, we still don't exactly why some of the Ravagers have mutinied in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The Comic-Con footage showed Yondu and Rocket being thrown in a cell by a few of the pirates, with the plan being that they would be delivered to the Kree, but the two were later rescued by Baby Groot. So are these Ravagers just out for themselves now, or are they working for someone else? Whatever the situation is, you can guarantee they're going to be trouble for the protagonists.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released in theaters on May 5, 2017.