Marvel Studios and writer-director James Gunn are already hard at work preparing in Atlanta, with “giant” sets under construction, for the upcoming start of principal photography on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. All of the cast of the first are coming back, Guardians and supporting characters included, and shooting begins in February.

As we just learned today, the scripts have finally gone out to the actors which created a bit of a stir among media publications today over rumors that Bradley Cooper (the voice of Rocket Raccoon) may have spoiled a major plot point of the sequel. Spoiler: he didn’t.

Caught awkwardly attempting to answer a question regarding who the mysterious villain of GOTG 2 is, Cooper was quick to respond assuming that it’s Thanos (Josh Brolin) given his behind-the-curtain role during the events of The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy 1. He followed it up however, saying “he played what’s his name’s dad,” which had some fans and journalists questioning now if big bad Thanos is actually somehow – despite his look – the father of Star-Lord. Don’t worry. That’s ridiculous and he’s not.

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Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) vs Thanos (Josh Brolin)

If you listen closely, he’s not even referring to Star-Lord but instead is referencing the sequence where Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) comes face-to-face with Thanos (Karen Gillan’s Nebula is there too) as Thanos threatens Ronan after his failure to retrieve the Orb (Power Infinity Stone). To put this in perspective, we spoke with Cooper’s actually-on-screen Guardians of the Galaxy co-star Dave Bautista last week who didn’t even know that Mantis was going to be in the sequel (played by Pom Klementieff). There are no spoilers here!

We already know Thanos isn’t the main villain. The new primary antagonist is someone new, a role that Matthew McConaughey turned down. Connecting the dots based on what little details have been revealed about Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – and knowing that the overall cast is actually smaller this time around – we can theorize that said villain role could be that of Star-Lord’s dad.

Next Page: What We Do Know About Guardians of the Galaxy 2’s “Fathers”

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