SPOILER ALERT: The following article contains potential spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Death doesn’t mean much to comic book characters, and it may soon find itself diminished in the movies as well. A casting call for the currently in-production Avengers: Infinity War indicates that one of the colorful denizens of the Marvel Cinematic Universe audiences thought gone for good may well be on their way to a miraculous resurrection.
The casting announcement, unearthed by That Hashtag Show, is for a actor to work as a “regular stand-in” for Michael Rooker, or as he’s known in the Marvel Studios realm, Yondu of Guardians of the Galaxy fame. A character who, as those who have seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 know, is currently dead.
While it’s easy to dismiss this as a possible flashback scene, the same ad not only calls for a female actor to work as a stand-in for Pom Klementieff’s Mantis, insinuating the two GotG alum will be featured together in the Avengers sequel. Beyond that, the ad promises that the gig, which will be shot on location at the main Infinity War set in Atlanta, will be a steady one, indicating that we’re not looking at a quick flashback sequence, temporary hallucination or the like.
At this point, Marvel Studios has not officially announced Rooker’s MCU return, though given that GotGv2 is just in its second full week of release in the United States, the studio may simply be waiting in order to avoid spoiling Yondu’s big moment in the sequel.
As for how Rooker’s character will return, there are a number of potential in-story ways to plausibly make it happen. The power of the Infinity Gauntlet Thanos has been quietly working towards assembling could easily bring Yondu back form the dead. Or perhaps his return is a sign that Thanos’ big screen incarnation will take a page form his comic book counterpart and literally woo the physical manifestation of Death, who herself could return Coker’s blue-skinned character to life.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, “Avengers: Infinity War” boasts a sprawling ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives in theaters May 4, 2018, with the untitled sequel opening May 3, 2019.