Writer/director James Gunn has confirmed an Easter egg from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 relating to Pom Klementieff's Mantis and her relationship with Ego.
The lovable empath was introduced in the Marvel Studios sequel as the assistant to Kurt Russell's Ego. As the movie unfolds, the conniving Celestial's true intentions are unveiled as a plan to take over the galaxy. With Mantis turning out to be an unwilling part of Ego's scheme, many have questioned how she came to be with him in the first place. The movie doesn't give Mantis much of a backstory, so Gunn has shed a little light on the situation.
Posting on Instagram, Gunn highlighted a close-up image of Ego kissing what looks to be one of Mantis' species. The scene comes from the background of Ego's dioramas in Vol. 2 as he explains his life to Star-Lord. However, while the fan theory goes further that Mantis is one of Ego's children and effectively the half-sister of Peter Quill, Gunn insists there's no need to look any deeper.
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MANY of you have been writing me about a discovered Easter egg in #GotG Vol. 2, where Ego apparently seems to have been with a female of Mantis’ species. Yes, I can confirm this is correct. However, you don’t necessarily need to infer anything else from this information. Whatever the case, good find!! (No, it’s not THE #EasterEgg). #guardiansofthegalaxy #marvel #gotgvol2
The director went on to say the Mantis Easter egg isn't the huge one that's fueled so much speculation. Earlier this year, fans were still discovering Easter eggs from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and spotted a hint of the Skrulls hiding in Stan Lee's cameo.
Just like Mantis told the Guardians, Ego rescued her when she was orphaned on her home planet. It makes sense that she isn't his offspring, considering that all of Ego's other children were killed during his evildoings. Either way, this latest news has delves a little deeper into Mantis' past and explains that Ego might not have been as villainous as audiences first thought. Just like Thanos took in an orphaned Gamora, Ego clearly had some affinity with Mantis.
Klementieff's character is now missing in action in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following the cataclysmic events of Avengers: Infinity War. However, the star has teased she will be back for Avengers 4 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The Guardians are expected to return in some form for Vol. 3, alongside a possible appearances of Adam Warlock, Ayesha and a whole host of new Easter eggs to uncover.