SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains massive spoilers for the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. If you have not yet seen the film, please bookmark this page and return after your screening!
James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 introduces a number of exciting characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but certainly leading the pack is the group of aliens introduced at the very end of the film. While most audiences simply see cool cameos from actors like Ving Rhames and Michelle Yeoh, hardcore fans recognized that the blockbuster was introducing a special team from Marvel Comics: the original Guardians of the Galaxy.
While the team of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot came together in the comics as the Guardians of the Galaxy during 2007's Annihilation Conquest, they weren't the first group to take on that title. Instead, the Guardians have existed in Marvel Comics since 1969 - albeit their adventures initially took place in another universe (Earth-691 instead of the typical Earth-616) and in the future (the year 3000). Like any comic book team, the roster changed a lot over the years, but James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy movies have now introduced us to seven key members: of the unit Stakar Ogord, Aleta, Charlie-27, Martinex, Mainframe, Krugarr, and Yondu.
It's been confirmed that the six newly-introduced characters will be playing a significant role in James Gunn's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3... but there are still a lot of people who have no idea who they are. Fortunately, we are here to help, as you'll find detailed descriptions of the new characters, but also how it seems they will be adapted into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone)
Of the characters we will be discussing in the article, Sylvester Stallone's Stakar Ogord a.k.a. Starhawk received easily the most screen time in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In his sequences, we learn that he is a high-ranking officer with the Ravagers, who had a complicated history with Yondu. While they spent years fighting side by side after he saved Yondu from the Kree, they eventually parted ways when Yondu broke a key rule: no dealing in children. Sadly, Stakar couldn't forgive his old friend before his sacrificial death, but it was the loss that motivated the very important reunion we're discussing in this article.
As you can see in the image above, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's version of Starhawk doesn't quite match up with his comic book counterpart aesthetically beyond the level of allusion -- and it is yet to be determined how far other comparisons will go. In the comics he has powers that he shares with Aleta that come about as a result of them reanimating a dormant deity called the Hawk God, and it's unclear if that backstory will be included in the live-action adaptation. Given the liberties that James Gunn has taken with the source material before, we won't be surprised if the characters wind up being radically different, but we'll have to wait until we see more of Stakar Ogord on the big screen to determine just how close it winds up being.