Warning: spoilers ahead for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, don't read any further if you haven't seen James Gunn's latest Marvel sci-fi epic!
Marvel has done it again. Even against the seemingly unbeatable weight of some lofty expectations, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has gone on to become a major hit with critics and fans alike. The latest adventure of Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, and the rest has turned into a textbook example of a box office smash, and it represents another major stepping stone on the road to next year's Infinity War.
Of course, now that we have actually seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it's worth mentioning that we have some major questions. The film's story is incredibly tight, but it leaves a number of things extremely ambiguous. On that note, we have put together a list of questions that have been raised by the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and we demand that they receive answers as soon as possible. First and foremost, let's kick this off with a serious question about Michael Rooker's dearly departed Yondu.
Is Yondu Gone Forever?
James Gunn deserves credit for several of the bold choices that he makes with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's story, but the decision to kill Yondu is arguably the boldest. The fan-favorite Ravager went out like a real hero, and his funeral clearly showed the destruction of his body. However, Michael Rooker is currently listed as a member of the Infinity War cast on IMDB, which raises huge questions about the future of Yondu in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will the character somehow receive a miraculous resurrection, or will he appear in a flashback sequence? A major character death is relatively uncharted territory for Marvel, so we don't have much information to go by right now.
Are Star-Lord's Celestial Powers Gone?
Peter Quill's ability to survive holding an Infinity Stone served as a perfect cliffhanger at the end of the first Guardians of the Galaxy, and the latest installment in the franchise paid off the tease of his celestial abilities in grand fashion. However, one major question that we now have about the ending of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is whether or not Star-Lord has retained any of the powers inherited from his father. The climax of the movie shows him no longer able to perform any of the same tricks used to defeat Ego in combat, but it's never fully explained whether or not he has completely lost these powers, or if they have simply gone dormant.
Where Will Nebula Go From Here?
Yondu wasn't the only personality who evolved into a fully fleshed out, three-dimensional character in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Gamora's robotic sister Nebula also received far more attention from James Gunn this time. We know that Nebula is now on the warpath in her mission to kill Thanos, but because the Guardians sequel only takes place three months after the events of the original film, we have no idea what she has been up to over the course of the last four years. Nebula is clearly going to play a significant role in the conflict of The Avengers: Infinity War, but we have very little understanding as to what that role could look like.
Is Mantis An Official Guardian Now?
Among all of the new characters introduced during the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Mantis easily stands out as the one with the most potential moving forward. Her defection from Ego has left her without a real home in the cosmos, and her connection to Drax seems to indicate a possible romantic entanglement at some point in the future of the franchise. That said, Guardians does not make it entirely clear whether or not she has officially signed on as an official, full-time member of the team. Is she now a core Guardian of the Galaxy, or is she more of a ringer along the lines of Kraglin and Nebula?
What's Next For The Ravagers?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gives audiences a far more complex look at the inner workings of the Ravagers as a massive band of intergalactic outlaws and hints at some genuinely entertaining adventures in the near future. Most notably, the film ends with Sylvester Stallone's Stakar uniting an all-star band of Ravagers for a new mission to "steal some shit." What's next for this group of sci-fi pirates? Are they now allies to the Guardians of the Galaxy? Will they be the bad guys in a future film? Will they possibly even receive a solo movie of their very own? All of these are viable narrative avenues, but as of right now it remains incredibly vague.
How Is Earth Reacting To The Fallout From Ego's Scheme?
One of the most surprising aspects of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's entire story is the fact that we actually get to see portions of contemporary Earth when Ego's plan finally begins to come into focus. The seed he planted on Earth caused immense damage, and it's clear that this event did not go unnoticed by the townsfolk who almost died. That raises the question of how humanity will respond. Will The Avengers be called in to investigate this occurrence? Does anybody on Earth even really understand what just happened? That's something we will need more clarification on when the Guardians make their way to Earth for Infinity War.
How Will Adam Warlock Factor Into The Future Of The Franchise?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 features five credits scenes, but only one seems to have direct and specific implications over the narrative of the next film: the introduction of Adam Warlock. A creation of Ayesha in this incarnation of the Marvel universe, it seems that Adam will begin his Marvel Cinematic Universe tenure as an enemy of the Guardians of the Galaxy. That said, where he will go from there remains a mystery to us. Adam is an iconic Marvel hero with significant ties to the Infinity War story arc, so it's clear that he's about to become a valuable player; we just need to know more about why he's important.
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