Marvel scored another hit with Guardians of the Galaxy and fans are wondering what to expect in the sequel, which has been confirmed.
Director James Gunn has confirmed that the film will also explore the parents of Peter Quill.
“There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill’s father is between a select two or three of us. That’s been part of the plan since the beginning, that’s something I had to work out before we shot the screenplay. We wanted to make sure Yondu’s place in everything made sense and it does, so it’s all very specific stuff,” Gunn told Empire magazine.
Quill’s father is J’son, the Emporer of the Spartoi Empire, but he’ll actually be someone different in the movie. “It’s definitely not the character who it is in the comics, I’ll say that much,” Gunn said, also noting that it’s far from a sure thing that Thanos will appear in the sequel.
“He will show up [in the sequel] if he helps our story and he will not show up at all if not,” he said. “Thanos is not the most important thing in Guardians 2, that’s for damn sure. There’s the Guardians themselves and other threats the Guardians are going to be facing that are not Thanos.””
Meanwhile, while some concrete information has come out courtesy of Gunn and others, there’s lots more speculation about plot details.
Movie Pilot speculates that Thanos could claim the Power Stone while Rhomann Dey could come to Earth.
“The Power Stone – one of the key Infinity Gems that Thanos is looking to get hold of as he seeks to assemble the Infinity Gauntlet – played a key part in Guardians of the Galaxy. Star Lord attempted to steal it at the start of the movie, then Ronan the Accuser got his hands on it. At the end of the film, after the Guardians had managed to use the Power Stone to destroy Ronan, they give it to the Nova Corps for safe-keeping,” it said.
“Does that mean Rhomann Dey (John C. Riley) plays a key role in the comics, recruiting New Yorker Richard Rider to become Nova – with much talk of the Guardians of the Galaxy coming to Earth (or Iron Man going to space) is this the storyline that will connect the two sides of the Marvel Universe, and perhaps ensure collaboration in The Avengers 3?”
And Comic Book Resources named some villains that could pop up in the sequel, among them Loki, Terrax, and The Badoon.
Talking about three other possibilities–Lord Dyvyne, Judson Jakes and Blackjack O’Hare–the blog said:
“The pair of Rocket and Groot was the emotional center of the first “Guardians” film, and while the second movie might center on Peter Quill’s familial lineage, there is no reason things couldn’t get personal for Rocket as well. The evil frog Lord Dyvyne, the cowardly mole Judson Jakes and the rabbit pirate Blackjack O’Hare were the villains of the mid-’80s ‘Rocket Raccoon’ miniseries by co-creator Bill Mantlo and artist Mike Mignola. Dyvyne and Jakes were business rivals who ran mega-powerful corporations and tried to kidnap Rocket’s lady love, Lynx, an heiress to another powerful conglomerate.
“The anthropomorphic despots hired Blackjack O’Hare and his Black Bunny Brigade to do the deed, starting a major rivalry with everyone’s favorite space raccoon. While Marvel recently retconned these characters into false memories implanted in Rocket’s brain, there’s little reason that Rocket (and Howard the Duck! And Cosmo!) has to be the only talking animal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thanks to Mantlo and Mignola, Marvel has a rich world comprised of cool space critters which would be perfect to enrich Rocket’s movie back story.”
Meanwhile, Gunn has said that the sequel will have more women, leading to speculation about which women.
MTV says that good options include Martyr, Moondragon, Mantis, and Angela.
About the second option, Kevin Sullivan wrote:
“Didn’t Drax’s personal story feel a little undercooked? Ronan didn’t remember killing his family, and then he did, but Drax wants to go after Thanos, who killed his wife and daughter in the comics. It’s possible that the sequel could introduce the twist that Thanos actually did kill Drax’s wife, but not his daughter.
“In the books, Drax’s daughter grows up on Thanos’ home moon and becomes Moondragon after the attack that leaves her parents dead. Introducing Moondragon would have big implications for Drax and perhaps bring some closure to his story.”