Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s riskiest venture yet, but it seems the science-fiction comedy is turning out to be one of the better bets the studio has ever made. With its critical acclaim and positive word of mouth, Guardians is on the fast track to being one of the most lauded movies of the summer.
With all of this success, it’s no surprise that a sequel to the space-faring adventure film would be announced. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be hitting theatres July 2017. With Guardians opening up the Marvel Universe on a galactic level, it will be interesting to see what could possibly be in the sequel.
Here are a few things one might expect to see in the highly anticipated movie.
Minor spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy and the mysteries it left unsolved below:
Yes, Guardians spends a fair amount of time on Nova Prime and the rest of her Nova Corps, but the Nova that Marvel super-fans are aware of didn’t make an appearance in the movie. Originally an Earthling named Richard Rider; Nova was given his powers by the last surviving Elite Nova Corpsman, Rhomman Dey. Only a teenager, Rider had to learn to master his unimaginably powerful powers in order to protect Earth and patrol the known universe. His adventures would lead him to cross paths with the Silver Surfer, Thanos and the Guardians of the Galaxy. With James Gunn and Kevin Feige being so willingly to open up Marvel’s cinematic universe, it seems inevitable that audiences will see the helmeted hero in the future.
Peter Quill’s Father
It’s a bit of surprise to Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) that he isn’t entirely human. In the original Marvel comics, Quill comes from an old bloodline of ancient galactic royalty. Quill’s father, Jason of Sparta, was forced to make an emergency landing on Earth after engaging attacking ships near the planet. Injured and near death, Jason was rescued by Meredith Quill. The two eventually fell in love, but Jason was forced to leave to continue fighting in a war between his people and the reptilian Ariguans. Unbeknownst to Jason, Meredith was pregnant with his son, Peter.
It’s a bit obvious that Quill still has some issues after the events of Guardians. Making an attempt to find his long lost father might help him find some closure in regards to his family.
Gunn has expressed interest in including the passionless aliens the Krylorians in the Guardians 2. While little is known about them in the comics, the Krylorians are a hyper-advanced race known for their laziness and technological advancements. They are obsessed with creating escapist fantasies called techno-art films. Why Gunn is so adamant on using them is unknown, but hopefully the director can make them work in his sequel.
As stated earlier, the Ariguans are a savage reptilian race known for their love of war and chaos. Since they have a connection to Quill’s past, it makes sense that they might try to eliminate him in order to end the royal bloodline of his family.
The adopted-daughter of Thanos, Nebula (Karen Gillan), has enjoyed a fair share of praise for her appearance in the Guardians. Gillan’s dedication to the role was apparent (she shaved her head and spent months training in various forms of combat). Gunn has recently revealed that he loved the character of Nebula so much, that he would want her to return for the sequel. Nebula’s complicated relationship with Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and her adopted-father is ripe for exploration, and will provide even more reasons for her to make a return in the sequel.
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