More from San Diego Comic Con. Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise hit a few years back, exploring the cosmic elements of the Marvel universe and adding some memorable misfits. Below check out details from the SDCC Marvel panel for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 including a description of he footage and trailer shown, details about new characters Ayesha and Ego introduced, the first images of the Ravagers and images from the Comic Con panel. Enjoy.
First up is a description of the footage and trailer that was shown in Hall H of Comic Con. I will post the video clips themselves once they become available online, but in the meantime enjoy this write-up courtesy of Screen Rant:
ESCAPE FROM THE RAVAGERS CLIP:
- The clip features Yondu, Rocket, and Baby Groot (who looks like a toddler version of the twig at the end of Guardians) imprisoned by the Ravagers.
- The Ravagers mistake Groot for a harmless twig that is “too cute” to kill. Yondu and Rocket then proceed to have Groot fetch them Yondu’s head fin (which controls his remote arrow) but Groot routinely fetches the wrong thing (including a severed finger and an office desk).
- Once Groot succeeds in reuniting Yondu with his fin, Yondu uses the arrow to kill the ravagers (a LOT of Ravegers) and escape the ship.
- Last up, Groot gets revenge (imagine a running and screaming six inch tall Groot in a jumpsuit) on a guard that wanted to poke his eye out earlier in the clip.
THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2 TEASER TRAILER:
- The trailer opens with the Guardians on top of an alien skyscraper – awaiting an inter-dimensional beast they have been hired to kill. Gamora is holding an alien rifle – which surprises Quill (who assumes swords are her go-to weapon). Zamora then chastises Quill for thinking she’d try to take-on an inter-dimensional alien with a sword. The scene ends with the alien creature appearing in the sky.
- Throughout the trailer, Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” is played.
The rest of the trailer is a sizzle reel of fun shots (and hat tips to the original film). Each of the characters get a quick spotlight moment:
- Star-Lord is shown gearing up for battle (his helmet re-materializing over his face) and blasting off.
- Gamora is shown leaping at that inter-dimensial creature and stabbing it with… her sword (maybe the rifle wasn’t the best choice after all).
- Rocket is shown once again spinning in circles firing guns – this time with Groot on his shoulder.
- Drax is shown standing on an alien planet looking up and saying: “Screw Spaceships” (that’s a metaphor) and then, in a different shot, stabbing an organic looking wall repeatedly.
- New Guardian, Mantis, is introduced to the team.
- Ego (Kurt Russell’s character) is revealed as Star-Lord’s father. Explaining that, before Peter Quill was born, he took human form and met Quill’s mother. Drax questions if Ego’s human form includes a penis, to which Ego replies: “Yes, Drax. I do have a penis. A pretty good one too.”
There will be a couple of new characters along for the ride in the sequel including Mantis, a new member of the team, and the characters Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) and Ego (Kurt Russell). Following the Comic Con panel director James Gunn had the following to say on his Facebook page about each of the characters (via Screen Rant):
“Ayesha is the golden High Priestess of a genetically-perfect people called the Sovereign. She’s not a woman to be screwed with – she, and her entire world, are extraordinarily deadly.”
“But to me, this is the absolute center of Vol. 2, and one of the reasons I’ve been so excited about it. When Marvel first approached me with the first movie, I thought, “Wait a second? A talking raccoon? Isn’t that a rather ridiculous idea to base a movie around?”
… Ego seemed, in many ways, like an even more ridiculous character. But I asked myself, if a planet was alive, how could that be? And how could it father a child? The answers to those questions took me to a far deeper place that I expected. I don’t want to give away too many answers at this time. But what Nova Prime said about Peter’s father at the end of Vol. 1 is certainly true – he is something ancient and unknown. And, as we will discover, being a cosmic being, alone for eons, is perhaps even more lonely than being the universe’s sole talking raccoon.
I can’t wait for you guys to see Kurt Russell bring this character to life onscreen. It has been a rapturous experience creating Ego with him. We have both pushed ourselves as far as we can go in making him real, and grounded, and emotionally centered.”
Who are Ayesha and Ego and how could they be utilized in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and beyond in the MCU? Screen Rant went on to provide a brief background for these two additions and how they fit into the bigger picture in the comics.
“The Ayesha character debuted in the world of Marvel Comics in the 1970s and, as Gunn notes, she was genetically designed to be a ‘perfect’ being by the Enclave: a group of scientists that was also responsible for the creation of Adam Warlock, a key player in the overarching narrative on the cosmic side of the Marvel Comics universe. It was previously rumored that Ayesha would be the central villain in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel; and now that the news is official, this should only further fuel speculation that Gunn’s film will pave the way for Adam Warlock to make his MCU debut, sooner than later.”
“As played out in the trailer: Kurt Russell will portray Ego: The Living Planet, and the character has been confirmed as having fathered Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) in writer/director James Gunn’s (and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s) version of the Guardians of the Galaxy mythology.
Traditionally portrayed as a (literal) planet whose topographical features form a human face, Ego is a cosmic being from deep space who frequently serves as both a villain, mentor and morally-ambiguous figure in the vast Marvel cosmology. Apart from fathering the franchise’s hero (somehow), Ego’s form and function in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is unknown.”
Here’s the Ego costume as shown on the Comic Con floor. This shows that Kurt Russell will be playing the character in human form for at least a portion of the movie. It will be nuts to see a living breathing and talking planet on the screen.
For this movie in particular the character of Ego will get the most attention. Gunn has previously stated that the sequel will be a movie about fathers so the relationship between Star Lord and Ego will likely be front and center. Ego has typically been portrayed as a villain so it should be interesting to see how Peter Quill, who hasn’t had a strong father figure to look to, responds when his real father shows up and he’s kinda a jerk and all around bad guy. Oh, and then there’s the little thing about Ego being an actual planet. The only explanation I can provide about that is that this is based on a comic book and crazy things occur in comic books. If you want to get a full rundown of Ego’s history in Marvel comics you can check it out here.
That said, the character that may hold more significance in the MCU moving ahead is Ayesha due to her connection to Adam Warlock. Adam Warlock was a key player in the Infinity Wars comic storyline and his cocoon has already been teased in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I’m not going to go into a detailed description of the part Warlock plays in the Infinity Wars narrative and what his inclusion could mean in future movies, but if you want to read more about it you can check it out here.
James Gunn also posted a picture of the group known as the Ravagers. Their characters, starting in the top left and moving in a circle, include Brahl, Oblo, Scrote, Narblik, Gef the Ravager, Kraglin, Wretch, Half-Nut, and Taserface. See the image below.
One last little tidbit- Slyvester Stallone’s character was not revealed during Comic Con, but following the event Gunn spoke with CinemaBlend and informed them that:
“It’s a very, very key, important role. It’s not a huge role. He’s a great and key supporting actor.”
Yeah, not much to go on with that statement. It looks like Stallone won’t be on screen for very long but that he will factor into the plot.
Last but not least, here are a bunch of images from the panel:
So have all these new details about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gotten you excited about the sequel? Share your thoughts about the Comic Con revelations below. GotG Vol. 2 arrives in theaters May 5, 2017.