In a couple of months, Marvel’s Cinematic Universe gets a visit from its most peculiar member when Doctor Strange hits theaters in November. Following their mystical outing, Marvel heads back into space (and, possibly back to Earth) with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The cosmic sequel promises more adventure and surprises for the Marauder’s crew as they explore Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) past.
Gunn has already let fans in on some of the secrets from the next volume, including Star Lord’s planetary father Ego (played by Kurt Russel). However, without Thanos (Josh Brolin) and Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) to menace the team, the gang will be facing some new intergalactic menaces.
Director Gunn recently released an exciting piece of concept art through his Twitter account. The artwork, which features in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, pits the cast against a massively toothy, tentacle-laden menace (possibly a Many-Angled One?). One part Sarlacc, one part Kraken, the cosmic creature grapples with Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Drax (Dave Bautista), and Star-Lord, while an excited or terrified Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) runs for reinforcement. Get a load of the space monster below:
The next issue of Empire promises some fun insider looks at other conceptual pieces from the next chapter of Guardians of the Galaxy as well. Hopefully fans will catch a glimpse of early design piece featuring Ego the Living Planet or a closer look at Mantis (Pom Klementieff) in action. It will be interesting to see if other interstellar adversaries show up as part of the sneak peek.
While the latest creature certainly looks like a major hassle, the Guardians will probably look back fondly upon their encounters with this betentacled space fiend after Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) enters the picture. Unless, of course, she's the one who sicks the snarling critter on the crew. Perhaps the vengeance-hungry Ravagers are responsible for the monstrous tangle, or the Marauder runs across it while escaping their clutches.
Whether this new nasty is just a hiccup or a piece of the overall puzzle remains to be seen. Either way, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 looks to bring more action and intergalactic intrigue for Peter Quill and his new allies – including Mantis and former Ravager Yondu. Connecting the dots leading up to Avengers: Infinity War, since the Guardians have been confirmed as a part of the MCU event, will also be extremely interesting.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.