SPOILER WARNING: Minor Spoilers for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is set to hit theaters in a week, bringing with it a whole host of new characters — some as minor cameos, and some as first appearances for what will later become larger roles. It’s been confirmed that Sylvester Stallone will be playing Stakar aka Starhawk, a Ravager who once banished Yondu for secretly selling child slaves alongside his normal space-pirating duties. And, according to director James Gunn, Stallone is apparently one of the newbies that’s here to stay.
“My plan is to see more of him,” the director recently told the Toronto Sun. “I’m not sure about him appearing in Vol. 3, we’ll have to see about that, but it’s our plan to see more of Stallone. Kevin (Feige) and I are working on what is going to become of the Marvel Cosmic Universe and where it’s going to go. We plan to see the rest of them in the future.”
“Them,” in this context refers to an original Guardians of the Galaxy team drawn from the comics that also included Aleta Ogord (Michelle Yeoh), Charlie-27 (Ving Rhames), Krugarr (a CGI character), Mainframe (voiced by Miley Cyrus) and Martinex (Michael Rosenbaum). While it’s unknown whether these characters will become mainstays in any of the future MCU outings, Stallone will almost certainly be showing up more frequently.
“I will be helping to plant the seeds that will lead to the next decade,” said Gunn. “I’m helping to decide what projects we’ll be pursuing outside of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3… and what the next cosmic characters we will focus on… It’s my plan to have Sly — and I talked to him last night — to find a place for him in the future of the Marvel Universe.”
Written and directed by Gunn, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will also star Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Glenn Close as Irani Rael and Stallone’s fellow 80’s icon Kurt Russell as Ego. It’s set to blast into theaters on May 5.