Marvel secrets are difficult to keep. Spoilers leak online on a weekly basis, and films that aren't due to hit theaters for several months combat rumors and innuendo, just to protect some of the joys that directors want fans to experience IN the theater. The other day, an unsubstantiated report hit 4chan detailing things that are going to happen in Marvel's Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But because James Gunn has no patience for this sort of nonsense, he went live on Facebook to address these rumors, and tell fans exactly what they should know about his anticipated sequel.
Gunn went through a laundry list of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 topics, rattling off things many of you probably know, but that he wanted to get out (to stay ahead of the spoiler culture). Gunn said:
I think we've given out the people that are in Guardians 2 that we're going to give out so far, uh, which is we know Baby Groot is in the movie and that he's not an adult.
In addition to the first Guardians ending on Baby Groot dancing in a pot, we just caught a glimpse of the delightfully adorable Baby Groot on the concept art Gunn shared via Twitter. Look at this dude!
In that info, Gunn confirmed that his action in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will start up nearly two months after the end of the first movie, so no major time hop is involved. From there, Gunn turned toward the newest member of the ensemble, Ego. He said:
We know that Ego is the father of Peter Quill, that he's an ancient being. He's played by Kurt Russell.
This reveal came at the end of the San Diego Comic-Con footage, where Russell's stoic and handsome space character admitted to Quill (Chris Pratt) that he was his father. Ego, in the comics, is a living planet, though we think that Kurt Russell will be a human avatar that Ego created so that he could interact with humans... like Peter's mom.
We don't have a photo of Ego yet, but we have seen the next character that Gunn addressed when he said:
We know that Mantis is in the movie. We know that Yondu and Nebula have more important roles in the film. We know that Sylvester Stallone is playing someone in the film. We don't know who.
That last rumor is red hot, because it confirms that there's a Tango & Cash reunion in this movie! Oh, and here's Mantis, as played by Pom Klementieff. She also appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 concept art.
And with that, you are pretty caught up. It'd be great if Marvel could release the Guardians 2 footage that screened at Comic-Con. James Gunn says it isn't finished, but it looks fantastic, and I know fans would want to check it out. It's a long way off until May 5, 2017. So, what else do you need/want to know about Gunn's next Marvel movie?