Guardians of the Galaxy was the unexpected hit that just kept on giving. Prior to its release in 2014, characters such as Groot, Star Lord, Rocket, and the rest of the gang were far from household names; now they adorn lunchboxes all over the world and top many people’s all-time favourites lists. Lines like “I am Groot!” have become part of the common lexicon along with “I am your father!”
With production on the sequel underway, set for a 2017 release, speculation is rife as to which characters from Marvel’s massive stable will be making an appearance. We already know that fan-favourite Mantis is set to join the crew, but who else could either make a cameo or be a prominent ally/adversary for the crew of the Milano? Given that Marvel and Fox are collaborating on television shows, it’s possible that they could begin to share the rights to their cosmic creations in future. With that in mind, here’s 15 Cosmic Marvel Characters We Want to See in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
15. Ego – The Living Planet
Ego is a gigantic sentient planet that first appeared as an enemy of Thor. Initially bent on conquest, he drew the attention of the Rigellian people who feared that he might consume their homeworld. They recruited Thor in order to drive away the gigantic entity.
Once defeated, Ego swore never to attempt galactic conquest again, as he felt humiliated by his defeat. When Galactus attempted to feed on Ego’s massive form several months later, Thor aided Ego and drove off the world-eater. In gratitude, Ego allowed a race known as the Wanderers to colonise his surface as their homeworld had been destroyed by Galactus eons previously.
Ego would slip into insanity several times over the years and became an on-again-off-again antagonist of both Thor and the Fantastic Four as well as a fierce rival of Galactus.
Recently, Ego became infested by a race of large insect-like creatures and hired Rocket Racoon to eradicate them. Should he make an appearance in the movie, this would make a great Easter Egg as well as a great way to open the movie. Seeing the Guardians fly away from a planet, that turns out to have a face, would just be an amazing visual treat for fans.
14. The Brood
The Brood are an antagonistic alien race, that owe a lot to the xenomorphs from the Alien franchise. They are large insect-like creatures with complicated life-cycles. Eggs laid by the queen infect a sentient host and cause them to transform into a Brood warrior. These warriors can revert back to the form of their host in order to conceal their identities if necessary; they also retain the knowledge and skills of their host bodies despite supplanting their minds.
While the Brood are typically an antagonist of the X-Men or Miss/Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) they do pop up in Guardians of the Galaxy comic books too. The Empress of the Brood sits on the galactic council and is an occasional ally of Peter “Star Lord” Quill’s father, Emperor J’Son of Spartax.
While an entire storyline involving the Brood is hugely unlikely, due to their terrifying nature being far too mature for Disney, a background appearance of a Brood in the company of J’Son would be amazing. It could also tease the eventual appearance of Captain Marvel due to their shared history.
13. The Dire Wraiths
The Dire Wraiths are an evolutionary offshoot of the shape-shifting Skrull race. Like the Skrulls, they are able to change their appearance but they do so by sucking out the brains of their victims, absorbing their memories. They also practice dark magic, a practice that caused them to be shunned by the Skrulls. The two races have a fierce rivalry which caused the Dire Wraiths to be expelled from the Andromeda Galaxy, home to the Skrull empire.
While typically an adversary of the Space-Knight Rom, the Dire Wraiths have also attacked Earth. They have done so via both subtle infiltration and outright hostile force. Their tendency to use evil magic would make them a bridge between the science-themed heroes such as Iron-Man and the Avengers and the Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange if they were to come to the MCU.
While the mad titan hasn’t been that prominent lately, he’s still the one pulling the strings of the MCU, so it would be great to see him teased as an adversary of the Guardians of the Galaxy once more.
We know he is going to be the primary antagonist of Infinity War, but like Loki in The Avengers, he’s a badguy we have history with. It’s that history that will make Infinity War a success, the pay-off for fans will be enormous. But in order for that pay-off to truly work, we need to be more familiar with Thanos. The key to fully understanding Thanos is through the eyes of his daughter, Gamora. In the comics he has shown a degree of warmth towards her, indulging her with Christmas gifts each year so as to give her a childhood. The movies have yet to show this as they only shared one scene in the first GotG movie.
Perhaps if Guardians of the Galaxy 2 chooses not to use Thanos in a primary role, some flashbacks to key moments in Gamora’s past could give us a clue as to why Thanos began his quest to dominate the galaxy, and how he came to know of the Infinity Stones.
11. The Kree
While the Kree were seen in the first GotG movie, and a few have popped up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, we haven’t really seen much more than hints as to the size of their empire, their wider motivations, or their ties to the evolution of humanity, in particular the Inhumans.
While Ronan was the key antagonist of the first movie, the henchmen he employed were actually Sakarian soldiers. Whether their loyalties were to him, or to Thanos were never made clear. It’s entirely possible that they were simply mercenaries. If so, then the true motivations of the Kree people themselves are still a mystery. In a galactic war, would they side with Thanos or those that stand against him, such as Earth and the Nova.
10. The Supreme Intelligence
Speaking of the Kree, the weirdest, and coolest, aspect of Kree culture is the existence of the Kree Supreme Intelligence. Created over a million years ago by Kree scientists, the Supreme Intelligence was designed to be a super-smart AI that would teach the Kree how to build a Cosmic Cube, a powerful weapon that had once been devised by the Kree’s enemies, The Skrulls.
The Supreme Intelligence, or Supremor, as he became known, refused to build a Cosmic Cube as he was aware of the dangers it posed. Over time, the AI became self-aware and his influence in Kree society grew. Eventually he took over the government as his decisions were deemed to be superior to that of organic life.
While a floating face in a jar might look a little weird, given what we saw in the Collector’s vaults in GotG, It’d fit the overall aesthetic of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And again, it would help set up Captain Marvel’s storyline for when we finally get to see that movie.
9. The Chitauri
Why do the Chitauri serve Thanos? Why did they all drop dead when Loki’s portal closed? Why do they have giant floating snakes? With so many questions still surrounding the nature of the Chitauri, they are one race we need to see again. While we want to see these questions answered, we also want to see them being raised from simple foot-soldiers to actual characters in their own right. Are they a united culture? Or do they have heroic elements that oppose Thanos? Should they appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, they could be given a greater role than simply cannon fodder for Gamora, Groot and Drax to tear apart.
While Thanos lent hundreds, if not thousands of Chitauri to Loki in order to stage the invasion of New York City, Iron Man’s vision from Age Of Ultron suggests that there are still millions more out there somewhere. As they proved to be at least as dangerous as any other foe the Avengers have faced, it’d be great to see how they fare against the crew of the Milano.
While Galactus is firmly owned by FOX, the recent cooling of tensions between them and Marvel mean that there is the possibility of a deal being made to share the rights to certain characters. Galactus is one of Marvel’s biggest, excuse the pun, bad guys. He doesn’t just fight you, he doesn’t just level a city… He eats worlds!
Once a normal man named Galen, the being that would become Galactus was witness to the end of his universe and the only one to survive it as he was thrust into the universe that would come to exist in its place, namely ours. When he regained consciousness, he had changed into a different being entirely. Not only had eons passed, but he had become a being with a unique destiny, he was cursed to exist for all time, consuming whole worlds to satiate a hunger that would last for eternity.
While Galactus may be primarily a Fantastic Four villain, he is known across the galaxy as one of its most dangerous inhabitants. The Guardians of the Galaxy could certainly cross his path as they chase adventures.
7. The Silver Surfer
Speaking of Galactus, there’s few cosmic characters that can match the Silver Surfer in either power or popularity. Not only is he a silver-skinned guy that can fly a surfboard faster than the speed of light, he’s capable of taking on the Hulk in hand to hand combat.
While we have seen a version of the Silver Surfer in 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, it would be amazing to see him realised within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only do his ties to Galactus make him interesting (he has served as Galactus’ herald, searching the cosmos for worlds his master can consume) he also shares a history with cosmic beings such as Thanos.
In the original Infinity Gauntlet stories, it is the Silver Surfer and Doctor Strange that are the first to be aware of Thanos and rally the rest of Earth’s heroes to face the challenge. Should Infinity War follow a similar storyline, it’d be a great way to unite the cosmic Marvel characters with the Avengers and the Magic side of Marvel.
6. The Collector
Last seen nursing a head wound in the midst of his collection, the aptly named Collector was a key character in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. While the Guardians took one Infinity Stone from his collection, he does possess the one given to him by the Asgardians for safe-keeping. As Thanos is determined to collect them with all the zeal of a Pokémon trainer, a return-trip to Knowhere and the Collector’s vaults is essential in the grand scheme of things.
While the Collector is cool in his own right, his brother, The Grandmaster is also a cosmic being with an agenda all his own. The two are often at odds with each other and it would make a great side-plot to have them attempting to manipulate the cosmic events unfolding.
Another reason we need to see the Collector again, is to fully understand WHY he collects artifacts, and beings, from across the universe. Does he simply have a hoarding obsession, or is his desire to unite the Infinity Stones indicative of a greater lust for power?
5. The Nova Corps
When we last saw the Nova, Nova Prime was content that the threat of Ronan had been dealt with and she even had an Infinity Stone to boot. Devastation to a large part of the capital of Xandar aside, things were looking pretty good for her.
But this can’t actually last. The Nova have an Infinity Stone and Thanos wants it. More than that, he’s coming to get it himself. With so many of the Nova Corps dead or injured after the battle with Ronan, the Nova aren’t as safe as they’d like to be. And while Nova Prime may be in possession of an infinity Stone, as a mortal she cannot actually use it.
Given their predicament, the Nova need something more. A weapon, or weapons, to protect themselves and their empire against their numerous enemies. In the comics, they use the power of the Worldmind to grant their forces energy-projection powers that turn them into human rockets. Should they be able to do this in the movies, it could lead to the eventual inclusion of a fan-favourite to the Marvel Cinematic Universe…
Nova is, in many ways, the Marvel equivalent to DC’s Green Lantern in that they are a group of intergalactic, cosmically-powered cops. Like Green Lantern, Earth’s Nova (or Novas, counting Sam Alexander) is considered a superhero as opposed to a space-cop.
The original, and arguably best, Nova is Richard Rider. Originally an ordinary working-class teenager, Richard Rider is chosen by dying Nova Rhomann Dey as his replacement. He is given the uniform and helmet of a Nova, but no training as to how to use the incredible power at his command. The teen hero goes from obscurity to one of the most-respected heroes in the universe and fights numerous cosmic entities over the years.
While he appears to have perished in the comics, for the time being, he is one of the characters most often requested by fans to appear in future Marvel movies. His successor, Sam Alexander, is currently a member of The Avengers and appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, so is getting plenty of exposure. Between them, it’s a matter of time before Marvel seizes on their potential and puts one or both into a movie. Maybe a post-credits scene at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy would tease their introduction?
3. Adam Warlock
It seems impossible for Marvel to do the Infinity Gauntlet / Infinity War storyline without Adam Warlock. The cosmic being is tied closely to Thanos and is an ally to Thanos’ daughter, Gamora.
Adam Warlock is the owner of the Soul Gem, which in the movies is one of the only Infinity Stones yet to be accounted for. Logically, he has to appear very soon and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is the best place for him to be introduced.
Quite what a being artificially created to be perfect will make of Peter Quill’s rag-tag team of misfits remains to be seen. He is as likely to be an adversary to them as an ally, as there exists an evil version of him known as Magus.
We already know the psychic Mantis is joining the crew this time around, if anyone can find a being as psychically powerful as Adam Warlock, it’s her, making GotG 2 the most likely place for him to pop up.
2. Captain Marvel
While the upcoming Captain Marvel movie is going to feature the current Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, an ideal opportunity to introduce her predecessor is in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
The original Captain Marvel was a Kree warrior known as Mar-Vell of the imperial militia sent to Earth to observe humanity as humans are beginning to explore space. He warms to humanity and aligns himself with Earth, rebelling against his masters. He becomes the hero known as Captain Marvel and eventually, the “Protector of the Universe.” His life is cut tragically short when he develops cancer after being exposed to a deadly gas by the villain Nitro.
While his entire story could be a movie in itself, his introduction to the MCU could be as a member of the Kree forces who, after meeting Star Lord, is sent to Earth to learn more about humanity. This could be the bridge between the cosmic and the regular Marvel Universe as well as the introduction to the Captain Marvel of the future, Carol Danvers.
1. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
While unlikely, it would be immensely cool to see Phil Coulson and the rest of TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D finally make their big-screen debut (Yes, Coulson started out in the movies but he hasn’t been back since he was “killed” in The Avengers).
Should the crew end the movie by coming to Earth, it’s only logical that they would be greeted by Marvel’s answer to the Men in Black, S.H.I.E.L.D. A cameo, even a small one would finally confirm that the movies and television universes do fully cross-over.
Guardians of the Galaxy is an ideal place for them to pop up; they have a history of investigating alien occurrences, particularly Kree, and have even crossed over with the Asgardians on two occasions. If Marvel wants to establish the Inhumans on the big screen in future, they may well need to make Coulson’s more prominent once more, especially if they plan to unite the Inhumans and the Kree.