When we next see Star-Lord and crew in James Gunn’s upcoming Guardians sequel, the team will reportedly be bigger—and the new additions aren’t who you’d expect.
According to a report from Geek, Yondu and Nebula, the latter of whom is Thanos’ angry daughter, will be joining up with the Guardians. Why? For how long? These questions, of course, aren’t addressed; it’s a little hard to believe the Guardians would welcome these two characters with open arms, especially after what happened in the first film, but perhaps their epic team-up will be for the greater good.
Neither Yondu or Nebula has played nice with the Guardians in the Marvel comics, so the film would really be deviating if they do indeed join the team. That said, Nebula was an intriguing and complex character, and now that Ronan has been defeated, she will likely do whatever it takes to go after her father.
Yondu, meanwhile, had wonderful chemistry with Star-Lord, and could be the link between Star-Lord and his father, who will reportedly appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The first film ended with a suggestion that Yondu was going to pursue Star-Lord, who was in possession of the power stone, so we already assumed the two would cross paths again.
In addition to Geek’s report about Yondu and Nebula, the site says that Pom Klementieff (Oldboy) will indeed take on the role of Mantis, who many fans were disappointed wasn’t in the first Guardians. In the comics, Mantis possesses telepath/empath powers and is even capable of controlling plant life. Seems like a good fit considering the condition Groot was in at the first movie’s conclusion.
The news comes on the heels of another report from Geek, which claimed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 would introduce one of Marvel’s weirder characters. James Gunn only recently finished the movie’s script, so it’s hard to say how accurate these rumors are. Accurate or not, the film is scheduled for a May 5, 2017 release.