The following story contains huge spoilers for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Please do not continue if you do not want to know anything about the sequel. For you Marvel spoiler addicts, read on.
We have been tracking the role of Sylvester Stallone ever since it was rumored (and later confirmed) that he would be a member of the ensemble of James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. When the press notes for the movie came out, we learned that Stallone would play Stakar, aka Starhawk. And during a press conference for Guardians that we attended in Los Angeles, it was confirmed the identities of the other members of the original Guardians team, who show up in one of the five mid-credits sequences. And yes, one of them is voiced by Miley Cyrus.
During the press conference for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, during which we were in attendance, Marvel President Kevin Feige talked about a scene in the end credits of the movie that will feature Yondu (Michael Rooker), Starhawk (Stallone) and key original Guardians team members Captain Charlie-27 and Aleta Ogord, who will be played by Ving Rhames and Michelle Yeoh, respectively. We also will meet obscure Marvel characters Krugarr and Mainframe, though it took a little while until the Internet revealed who voices Mainframe in the final film.
Sarah Ruhlman is a Lifestyle blogger from Kansas City who attended the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premiere events and live-blogged most of yesterday's press activities. So yeah, keeping Marvel secrets in the proverbial bag once a movie screens and the creative team starts talking about it is virtually impossible. That's how we learned Marvel's eventual plans for Adam Warlock. And I'm sure that's how we'll learn the rest of the secrets of Guardians 2. Because waiting to see a movie in theaters and watching it unfold is for suckers! I'm kidding.
The lineup of the Guardians of the Galaxy changed numerous times over the course of the comic's run, with Marvel swapping roles and introducing new characters at a regular clip. It has been suggested that introducing these new characters could set the stage for James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy 3, though in truth, all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe could go more cosmic as Phase Three draws to a close.
The current iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy includes Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel). By the end of Vol. 2, we expect the team to make room for Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), but we won't know for sure until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in theaters on May 5.