Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
For those of you who had a chance to check out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 this past weekend, we were treated to one incredibly distracting — but ultimately worth it — cameo from Sylvester Stallone. For those who don’t know, in the comics, Yondu was a member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy team, and during his funeral in the second film, we got the Easter egg that his team truly did exist on some level in the past — even if they weren’t called the Guardians of the Galaxy.
In one of the five post-credits sequences of the film, we saw that the funeral brought back the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Michelle Yeoh, and Ving Rhames, among others — who each portray older members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, along with Michael Rooker’s Yondu. In that scene, Stallone’s character sees their coming together as fortuitous, and we’re meant to believe that the remaining members of that original team will come together to have more adventures in the future. But will we get to see those adventures on screen? Were these characters meant to show up ONLY as an Easter egg, or is Gunn and Marvel Studios actually planning on utilizing these folks on screen in future films?
Speaking with Collider, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige answered the question of whether or not the scene was meant for fun or future films:
“It’s always a bit of both. It’s always, we do it because it’s fun in the moment and it’s fun as a potential sneak of what’s to come. I think all things being equal, I think James and everybody at Marvel would love to see the continued adventures in some aspect, whether it’s a large pat in a future movie or as James just said to somebody else, a Howard the Duck level appearance down the line of any or all of those original guardians. But really the most important immediate thing for us really just to establish and showcase that yes, those original Guardians, though they may never call themselves that in our movie mythology, but they exist.”
I have to say, while I wouldn’t necessarily want to see the Geriatric Guardians of the Galaxy (Yes, I know they aren’t THAT old) in a full movie, I would like to see their continued involvement within the universe itself. Marvel has always been amazing about giving certain side character things to do without letting them steal the spotlight, and in some distant future, I can see that original crew playing a small, but vital, role in some movie — not unlike what Spider-Man did in Captain America: Civil War.
What do you think of Feige’s statements? Do you want to see more of the original Guardians in future films? Let us know in the comments down below!
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