Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 only takes place a few months after its 2014 predecessor, but the eponymous protagonists have already managed to piss off some more alien evildoers. Although the previews released for the highly anticipated sequel have been colorful and exciting, the only villains we've seen in action are some rogue Ravagers and a freaky inter-dimensional space monster. Now thanks to the new Super Bowl TV spot, we finally have our first official looks at the two main antagonists: Ayesha and Taserface.
Let's start with Ayesha, played by Elizabeth Debicki, the golden High Priestess and leader of the genetically-altered race known as the Sovereign people. As far as the golden goes, Ayesha definitely fits the part, from her attire to complexion. It was originally reported that Ayesha will hire the Guardians for a job, but as seen in the new preview, evidently things take a turn for the worse judging by the golden monarch asking the Guardians who the hell they think they are. Although Ayesha's comic book incarnation (who has also been known by Kistmet, Her and Paragon) has primarily been a heroine, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's protagonists shouldn't count on her MCU iteration being an ally to them. Even though we don't know yet what transpires between Ayesha and the Guardians, they'll need to be careful not to underestimate her.
Then there's Chris Sullivan's Taserface, who is definitely not a looker. Taserface is a member of the Ravagers, but during Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, he will lead a mutiny against Yondu after perceiving the leader of this gang of space pirates as having gone soft due to his attachment to Peter Quill. The MCU's Taserface doesn't bear a lot of resemblance to his comic book counterpart except for one thing: hating the Guardians of the Galaxy. It remains unclear whether Taseface will only be working with the Ravagers under his command or if he'll eventually form an alliance with Ayesha, but he also looks like he'll be a formidable opponent. Not a beauty pageant contender, though.
Along with the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Super Bowl TV spot giving us looks as these villains and plenty of other cool moments to take it, Marvel released a new poster for the sequel, where the five original Guardians and Yondu have been given their own customized cassette covers.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5. Let us know what you're looking forward to most about Ayesha and Taserface in the comments below.
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