No Big Deal, Just Yondu Hanging Out With A Dog

Yondu with Groot and Rocket

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on a serious hot streak. Every single installment in Phase Three has been both a critical and financial success, with certain blockbusters managing to come out above the rest. One of the MCU franchises that is a clear fan favorite is James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy, which had a successful sequel before they eventually crossed over in Avengers: Infinity War. Yondu became a more sympathetic character in Guardians Vol. 2, and a new photo of actor Michael Rooker on set has made him even more lovable. Check it out.

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In case Yondu didn't already break everyone's hearts through his heroics and sacrifice in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, this photo of Michael Rooker petting a puppy in full blue face will do the job. He's Mary Poppins, ya'll. But he's also a dog lover.

This photo from the set of Guardians 2 comes to us from James Gunn himself, who is always very generous with sharing photos and information with the Marvel fans via social media. While the photo of Yondu hanging out with the pooch isn't groundbreaking or revealing any new easter eggs, the juxtaposition between the fantastic world of Guardians and the reality of the set is hilaariously fascinating.

Michael Rooker has been in a variety of comic book project, and therefore has a special place in the hearts of fanboys everywhere. Before he started stealing scenes (and Peter Quill) in Guardians of the Galaxy, Rooker played the tragically flawed Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead. As such, fans have become pretty obsessed with the actor, which is no doubt why James Gunn decided to share this photo in the first place.

While primarily a secondary antagonist in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Yondu got far more fleshed out in the sequel. It turns out that Yondu kept Peter as a hostage of the Ravagers in order to protect him from Kurt Russell's Ego the Living Planet. Star-Lord eventually realized the truth about both his father and his "daddy" (aka Yondu), and the blue guy received the most tragic death in the MCU. That is, until Avengers: Infinity War arrived and all hell broke lose.

Avengers: Infinity War is still in theaters now, and the next installment in the MCU is Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.