[SPOILERS for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ahead.]
James Gunn just set the record for most mid/post-credits with five attached to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but it turns out a sixth (since deleted scene) was originally planned. Marvel Studios has made a habit of including one or two credits scenes with all of their movies since the very beginning. These scenes have ranged from quick, comedic bits to more important set ups and everything else in between. The expectations for audiences is high and Gunn over-delivered in how many he gave Vol. 2.
Similarly to the movies that came before, some of the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 post-credits scenes are just for fun, but others help set up the future for big cosmic characters - like Starhawk's team or the introduction of Adam Warlock. While most are surely pleased with the extra number of scenes, Gunn originally planned and shot another that would've brought back someone from earlier in the film.
Gunn spoke to USA Today about all five post-credits scenes and went on to reveal the one that ultimately was cut. The placement of the tag is unclear, but it would've featured Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) are speaking in their new ship when suddenly, the deathly screams of Gef the Ravager - played by Steve Agee - would be heard:
We realize that Gef has been on the ship the entire time mortally wounded. It ended up being a little confusing.
Gef does not have a very substantial role in the film as he is one of dozens of Ravagers to be brought into the fold. He is a supporter of Taserface's new regime and helps entrap Yondu, Rocket, and Baby Groot, while also killing any Ravagers that supported their whistling former captain. Unfortunately for him - and the rest of the Ravagers - the three Guardians take this personally and wipe them out. Gef specifically is victim to Yondu's glowing arrow as he drinks alone.
This act is explicitly shown as the arrow pierces his left side and travels all the way through him, so it is easy to see how Gef's sudden return could be confusing. Ultimately, the possibility that Gef is alive would not likely have any ramifications on the MCU moving forward and could easily never be mentioned again. It is easier to leave him dead than signify he may be alive (but barely) as it could mean other Ravagers may also be lying helpless on this craft. Regardless, it could've played well and shows how many ideas Gunn has in his head, so maybe Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will include even more credits scenes.
Source: USA Today
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019