As any fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe knows, James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy films are basically treasure troves filled with all manner of fun, deep-cut Easter eggs for comic book fans. Even long after these movies have been released, fans are still poring over them with a magnifying glass looking for some small detail that everyone else has missed, and every once in a while, someone finds one. Another new Easter Egg has recently been found in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and confirmed by director James Gunn. Take a look:

MANY of you have been writing me about a discovered Easter egg in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, where Ego apparently...

Posted by James Gunn on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, along with Peter Quill, we learned that over time, Ego spread his seed across countless worlds in order to turn the entire galaxy into a living extension of himself. In order to activate the seeds, he needed another Celestial, so he impregnated innumerable women to produce a child that can tap into Celestial power. In this still from the movie, you can see Ego with someone who looks like Mantis. This Facebook post from James Gunn confirms that among those across the galaxy seduced by Ego was someone from Mantis' species.

When we met Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we learned that she was an orphan taken from her home planet and raised by Ego. She became something of a protégé and servant to the living planet. The confirmation that Ego was with one of her species could lead us to a logical conclusion that Mantis is Ego's daughter and Peter Quill's half sister, and thus potentially capable of accessing Celestial power. That would be a major development and really elevate Mantis' role and importance moving forward. However, James Gunn notes that we don't need to infer anything else from this information, so perhaps this is just a case of coincidence and fans hurling themselves down the rabbit hole of speculation, and isn't some big secret. However, James Gunn's wording about fans not necessarily needing to infer more certainly allows for some wiggle room.

In confirmation of this Easter egg, James Gunn also notes that it is not THE Easter egg. The director has often teased that the original Guardians of the Galaxy film has a super secret Easter egg that has still not been found, nearly four full years after that film's release. As if fans didn't have enough homework, James Gunn also put another super secret Easter egg in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, although apparently, this is not that. So fans will have to rewind that tape another time and press play to continue the hunt.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is looking at a 2020 release date, so maybe by then we'll finally have unlocked all of the secrets of the first film. The backlog of unfound Easter eggs is getting overwhelming. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is one of the only confirmed films of Phase 4, and James Gunn recently spoke about how different this third film will be. For all the latest on the Guardians of the Galaxy and the thrill of the hunt, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

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