Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are still buzzing with excitement after the latest Captain America: Civil War trailer, but that’s hardly the only highly-anticipated sequel the studio has coming through the pipeline. Last month, director James Gunn began filming his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, bringing back stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper for another adventure through the cosmos. The film is scheduled for release in May 2017.
Though the Guardians followup will mostly focus on the returning team to tell another character story, there are some fresh additions to the cast. Officially confirmed newcomers include Pom Klementieff (playing Mantis), Elizabeth Debicki in an undisclosed role, and Kurt Russell allegedly as Peter Quill’s mysterious father, but there could be others. Recently, it was reported that Oscar nominee Sylvester Stallone was joining the MCU, with details about his potential part kept under wraps. Now, his character may have been revealed.
Heroic Hollywood had the scoop, saying that Stallone will cameo as one of Yondu’s (Michael Rooker) Ravagers, the group of interstellar outlaws that Star-Lord was a part of in the beginning of the first Guardians. According to their source, Sly is on board and has already shot some scenes. It’s important to keep in mind that this is a rumor for now, but should it pan out, it would be a treat to see. The Ravagers were a fun crew in the original film; adding someone like Stallone to their mix has the potential to be highly rewarding.
While Stallone is not portraying Star-Lord’s father or the presumed villain Ego the living planet, it sounds like his role in the film won’t just be a fun nod for moviegoers. HH cautioned that they could not dive into too many details about Stallone’s Ravager, since that would be revealing spoilers about the upcoming movie. That Stallone could end up doing something substantial in the sequel shouldn’t come as a surprise. It could come off as a wasted opportunity if Gunn cast an actor with that high a profile, only to relegate him to the background. Whatever his character ends up being, his fans will want him involved with the action.
Since there’s so little information about the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 plot, viewers will be debating how exactly the Ravagers fit into the plot. It could very well be something similar to last time, when they served as secondary “antagonists,” trying to track Star-Lord down after he made off with the orb before teaming up with the Guardians to defeat Ronan. Fans of the first film know that Quill pulled a fast one on his former associates at the end (Troll doll), so the Ravagers could very well be after their old friend again in an effort to make him pay for his actions. Other rumors suggest the Ravagers have a bounty placed on Rocket Raccoon, so truly anything is possible at this juncture.
Regardless of what happens in the new film, the increasing likelihood of Stallone being a part of it is a welcome development. He was one of the defining action stars in Hollywood during his prime, and his acclaimed turn in Creed reminded viewers how much talent he has when he truly commits. It is somewhat interesting that for his next live-action role, Sly appears to be gunning for a minor (yet significant) role in a comic book film as opposed to something that puts him more in the spotlight, but everyone wants a piece of the superhero pie these days. Whatever Gunn has in store, it should be entertaining.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
Source: Heroic Hollywood