12 Characters We Want To See In ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Sequels

Published 9 months ago by , Updated September 2nd, 2014 at 12:10 pm,

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Characters From Marvel Comics 12 Characters We Want To See In Guardians of the Galaxy Sequels

James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy forces five unlikely criminals together and explores their transformation into self-sacrificing heroes. They are the cosmic Avengers and represent the first step in introducing audiences up to the larger, off-earth stories and characters from Marvel Comics.

While we now have an established team of five Guardians in the film universe, in the comics written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (collectively known as DnA before they split) for which writers Nicole Perlman and James Gunn drew inspiration from for the film, the team was much larger at times and shared a slightly different origin.

Marvel Studios took a risk in developing Guardians of the Galaxy, but it’s a hit at the box office and among critics. It was no surprise to see the property merchandised and marketed heavily at Comic-Con 2014 where Marvel announced a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel before the first had even hit theaters. With GOTG representing just the first step in a long journey of spaced-based stories, we’re already looking forward to what sequels and spinoffs will introduce from the comics. Below are 12 characters we’d love to see show up Guardians of the Galaxy sequels and other Marvel Studios productions, most taken from DnA’s years of space-based crossover Marvel Comics events:


Marvel Comics Guardians of the Galaxy Character Adam Warlock 12 Characters We Want To See In Guardians of the Galaxy Sequels

Adam Warlock

Any major story in Marvel Comics involving Infinity Gems and Thanos also involves Adam Warlock. Introducing “Him” in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 can help introduce another Infinity Stone into the MCU (recall: there are six in total) and his involvement with the 2008-10 run of Guardians of the Galaxy books makes him an essential and powerful part of the team. Did we mention that a story involving the introduction of Adam Warlock would give James Gunn another formidable villain to play with in Magus – an evil alternate version of Warlock?

Note: Adam Warlock’s cocoon can actually be seen in Guardians of the Galaxy as part of The Collector’s collection, and Gunn confirmed that it is, in fact, Warlock’s cocoon.


Marvel Comics Guardians of the Galaxy Character Mantis 12 Characters We Want To See In Guardians of the Galaxy Sequels


When we spoke with James Gunn at the Guardians of the Galaxy press junket he said that for the sequel he would want a minimum of two female characters on the team. If you’ve read the 2008-10 run of GOTG comics, then Mantis might be the first character to come to mind.

A telepath and a master martial artist who can locate physical weak points on opponents, Mantis takes on a special role on Peter Quill’s band of antiheroes and is even part of Quill’s shady plan to bring the team together – by using Mantis’ abilities to forcefully motivate them to enlist in the Guardians team. Did we mention she can even partially see the future? That might come in handy when the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins exploring time-travel, an important plot device in the Guardians of the Galaxy comics.


Marvel Comics Guardians of the Galaxy Character Nova Richard Rider 12 Characters We Want To See In Guardians of the Galaxy Sequels

Richard Rider (Nova)

We met the Nova Corps and their homeworld of Xandar in Guardians of the Galaxy, but their forces were largely obliterated in the conflict against Ronan the Accuser’s more powerful Kree warship. In this film however, we never met any actual Nova Centurions or Nova Corps officers with the traditional super powers of Nova characters from Marvel Comics.

In future space-based Marvel movies we’d love to see Nova Corps become what it is in the comics and to see the character of Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly) forced to come to Earth to deputize young New Yorker Richard Rider who eventually becomes the leader and sole survivor of the Nova Corps. Nova is a crucial character to the big Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning space crossover events of Marvel Comics from 2006-2010.


Marvel Comics Guardians of the Galaxy Character Wendell Vaughn Quasar 12 Characters We Want To See In Guardians of the Galaxy Sequels

Wendell Vaughn (Quasar)

Wendell Vaughn makes for another relatable human character for audiences to become attached to. Described as an “everyman,” Vaughn actually went through the S.H.I.E.L.D. academy but wasn’t deemed worthy for field duty. While working security at a base where scientists experimented on the alien Quantum Bands, Vaughn had to put them on during an attack by AIM (the organization introduced in Iron Man 3) and learned to master the power of the bracelets. Oddly enough, the qualities that S.H.I.E.L.D. didn’t deem worthy were the ones that allowed him to control the Bands.

Vaughn would make for a great character to introduce in the next Captain America film since he was introduced in the Cap comics initially and later, once powered, fought alongside Cap, Falcon and Hulk before taking part in a few major space-based events. Quasar shares a strong bond with Richard Rider, and his Bands have been used by both Phyla-Vell and Rider – both included on this list.


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  1. Well if it is two females I believe it is Ms Marvel and Gamora.
    Marvel is a real chatterbox as depicted in the Marvel books and fits in well with Guardians chatty style.

    Speaking of chatty characters Katee Sackhoff just tweeted in the last wk about going to see Stan the Man.
    She provided pictures of being fitted for a tight fitting upper body suit / mask.
    Many a fan has said in the past she would be a perfect Marvel.
    She tweeted a pic of what appeared to be a well worn red/silver leather which i can only assume is part of the suit she is being fitted for.
    Joss did a wrap on AoU at the same time.
    Could it be she is the easter egg / cameo at the end of AoU that leads into the next Guardian’s movie?
    Shortly after posting the suit closeup pic she disavowed it was a @Marvel project but really what else would it be if she is going to see Stan the Man.

    Feige gave a go to Guardians 2 at about the same time. I see this as embracing more space based characters and especially ones they already have scripts penned for.
    In 2013 the Hollywood Reporter noted Marvel had a script for Ms Marvel.
    Interestingly enough they also have a script ready for Blade and Snipes seems to be free, in good shape and in need of money.

    Will she get a standalone movie? Who knows. Another site did say Marvel had a plan for a movie based on female superheroes (plural) but that’s another discussion.
    And in case she isn’t cast as Ms Marvel I could also see her playing Phyla-Vell (Quasar, Captain Marvel, Martyr).

  2. Adam Warlock is basically a certainty I reckon, on a side not Goku should join the team.

    • A Saiyan joining GOTG ? Who’s next ? Vegeta ? Freeza ?

      I think there will be a long legal battle between Marvel and Shueisha ana Akira Toriyama.

      • Kamehameha !!!

  3. Charlie 27!

  4. Phyla-Vell is my fav on the list. More of the original guardians would be cool.

    • Yeah I loved her costume and powers as Quasar, especially the light-construct sword. She was still cool as Oblivion’s avatar though.

  5. When are we finally going to see the Silver Surfer and Galactus involved in this?! There’s been legendary conflicts between Thanos and the Surfer, would make for an amazing screen presence.

    • When Fox doesn’t want the film rights anymore, and Marvel gets them back.

  6. what about bata ray bill? well only if he wasn’t in the glass case in guardians of the galaxy?

  7. They already got their Mantis!!! Skye from Agents of shield!!!

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  10. What about captain universe(gabriel vargas)?

  11. Heres the thing. I want Richard Rider….I do not want John C. Reiley to be that Richard Rider

  12. Don’t think having the comic nova corps being involved in the trilogy, I like just the way the Nova Corps IS in this film. It’s unique to this film and changing it would be a terrible ideas and I don’t respect your opinion. Your idea is just stupid no offence

  13. Just Adam Warlock.

  14. I could see Beta Ray Bill backing them up eventually, maybe as fallout from Thor 3.

  15. Shame that Silver Surfer and Galactus cannot be a part of this.

  16. Almost irrelevant to this article, but here are my picks for the villains/main storylines for the phase three films.

    Captain America: Civil War – Tony Stark will feature as the main antagonist, but he won’t be a bad guy, just a guy with what he believes are good intentions. Crossbones will come back in full costume to go for a round two with Falcon, and whatever’s left of HYDRA will bring back the Red Skull. Nuke could potentially make an underwhelming appearance as a henchman.

    Doctor Strange – The Red Skull, who with a new understanding of other dimensions will be searching for an ancient artifact he heard of while being wherever he was between movies. Doctor Strange’s rival Baron Mordo will also feature and help the Red Skull. They could change things up a bit and have Dormammu in posession of the artifact/infinity stone.

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – Thanos will still be involved, and the infinity gauntlet will probably be mentioned a lot more and maybe Thanos will aquire the orb from Xandar. I’m hoping they make the main villain for this one the Magus and the Universal Church of Truth. Would be a great way to introduce Adam Warlock with a bit of canon changing as the team fights the Church to stop them taking over the galaxy and eventually Adam Warlock appears and has a mysterious connection to Magus. Xandar could be destroyed and the Nova Corps could harness the power of the orb to create the Nova Force which could be given to Star Lord, allowing him, the guardians and Adam Warlock a fighting chance against Magus/Thanos. I also believe Adam Warlock, with some changes to his origins, could be Star Lord’s father. Nebula will also be floating around wanting revenge on Gamora.

    Thor: Ragnarok – Loki will be up to some serious mischief while sitting at Odin’s throne and it could be revealed that he killed Odin after a heated argument or something mellowdramatic. He will accidently bring on ragnarok while sending armies to fight all over the nine realms and Thor will have a huge battle with Surtur resulting in the actual death of Loki, as well as most of Thor’s Asgardian comrades. Thanos could also make an appearance while Asgard is in ruins, and this could be where we see him take the infinity gauntlet from Odin’s vault. Mephisto could also make his first appearance as a servant of Thanos.

    Black Panther: Klaw is the obvious choice as it’s already assumed that Serkis is playing him in Age of Ultron. He could be stealing Vibranium from Wakanda for HYDRA forces and we could even see the Red Skull appear with Loki’s scepture to try take control of Wakanda and make it a HYDRA controlled nation. Crossbones could be involved.

    Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – Thanos and his army of space pirates will come to Earth and gather all the infinity stones to take control of the gauntlet. Mephisto could be involved in a role similar to The Other, and Nebula will follow them to Earth with mysterious intentions. The Red Skull could make an appearance and try to side with Thanos, only to either be killed or become his b****. Crossbones could be involved.

    Captain Marvel – I honestly do not know why she is between two Infinity War movies, as I can’t see Captain Marvel having an overly great movie in comparrison, but I’m guessing she’ll be a U.S pilot who is fighting against Thanos when she crashes and gains superhuman powers. Maybe her storyline will be more around her fighting the space pirates assisting Thanos in his take over of Earth before she joins the Avengers.

    Inhumans – They’ll appear from Attilan to assist the humans against Thanos, but Maximus will act as the new Loki and cause mischief bringing serious tension between humans and inhumans while the war is on.

    Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – Thanos, Mephisto, Nebula, Maximus, Crossbones & potentially the Red Skull.

  17. I wanna see Blackjack O’Hare. He’s got history with Rocket.

  18. Wow. I’ve never known of Richard Ryder to have guns like that. He must have been working out. A lot! Also, it seems as if Adam Warlock has Lightning Lad’s (from DC’s The Legion of Super Heroes) costume…