James Gunn has recently revealed that Kraglin, played by his real-life brother, Sean Gunn, is not officially a member of Star-Lord's galaxy-saving heroes squad. Originally starting with five members with Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Racoon and Groot, Marvel has successfully launched a brand new sub-franchise from basically unknown characters in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. This year, the famed studio took it to the next level by adding several more members to the team with Yondu, Mantis, and Nebula for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Fans initially presumed that Kraglin has also boarded the team but, with this new nugget of information, it seems like the former-Ravager will just be a tag along, at least in the meantime.
Yondu's self-sacrificing death by the end of Guardians 2 prompted Kraglin to inherit his old master's cool weapon, the Yakka arrow (via Star-Lord's decision to give it to him instead). One of the post-credit tags of the film even featured him trying to master the deadly gear which could have been taken as a tease about him stepping a bit more into the spotlight as one of the galaxy's most beloved heroes. Unfortunately, it might not be the case in terms of officially joining the team but it does not mean that he will not have any significant roles in future installments of the cosmic movie series.
During a recently held Facebook Live event in light of Guardians 2's release on Blu-ray, James has shared that Kraglin does not have a Guardians of the Galaxy badge. Instead, he just hangs around, works with them in their adventures and serves as the team's chauffeur. Other than that, the filmmaker did not provide any more information regarding Yondu's former loyal assistant's future or if there is a chance that he will finally become one Star-Lord's teammates.
Sean, for his part, was coy when he was also asked regarding his character's fate in the Guardians franchise and Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole in a separate interview. But while he was cagey about Kraglin's role in the bigger picture, it is safe to assume that we will be seeing more and more of him moving forward, especially with his newfound nifty weapon. In some ways, seeing the Yakka arrow being put to use is keeping Yondu's memory alive and preserving his legacy as a ruthless fighter and a loyal ally.
Sean's next gig after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, at least within the MCU, is his involvement in next year's Avengers: Infinity War where he would play his other Marvel role - a stand-in for the CGI-ed Rocket. Directed by the Russo Brothers (Joe and Anthony), the film will see Guardians of the Galaxy will finally cross paths with Earth's Might Heroes and other significant characters in the famed film series in an effort to thwart Thanos's evil plans that he will execute with the help of the Black Order.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now available on Blu-ray and digital.
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