We won't get to watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, the follow up to the 2014 smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy, until next year, but fans are getting some sneak peeks of the new movie at Comic-Con International in San Diego this week. The first team in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to do their adventuring in outer space, the Guardians of the Galaxy are a key part of the run-up to Marvel's big Infinity War (coming in 2018), and the sequel is getting plenty of attention at this year's event.
Yondu (Michael Rooker) had a major role in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, and we are thrilled to get our first glimpse of the smuggler/thief in Vol 2. The new artwork on display at SDCC is more than just concept art, too - it will actually be appearing in the film.
Marvel Entertainment tweeted a picture of Yondu's framed portrait with the caption, "Straight from the #GotG2 Vol 2 set to the #SDCC stage, this Yondu portrait will be seen on his ship, the Eclector!" The image itself shows an ornate gold frame displaying a full-body portrait of the space pirate, posing with his favorite weapon.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 21, 2016
Yondu is sure to be getting some major attention at this year's SDCC, as concept art for the film suggests that he's going to changing sides and potentially joining the Guardians this time around. Along with Mantis, a totally new face for the franchise, Yondu will be in the spotlight in the run-up to the film's release. We've seen the Eclector briefly in the first movie, as it is the larger ship used by the Ravagers (although they use the smaller M-Ships for most short-range missions, scouting, and fighting). It seems that this time, however, we are going to get a much better look at the inside of the ship, and Yondu's office or living quarters - wherever he hangs his self-portrait.
The image doesn't give much more away, but it does suggest that we will be learning more about Yondu - and with fans salivating over the question of who Peter Quill's father is, could this be related to his identity? Yondu obviously knows who he is, as he revealed that he and the Ravagers were originally hired by Quill's alien father to collect Quill and bring him home. Obviously, they chose to complete only the first part of that mission, but could we see Quill's father on board the Eclector in a flashback? Another flashback option would be to flesh out the relationship between Quill and Yondu, as the blue-skinned alien is something of a father figure to Star-Lord. Or, of course, it's possible that this will not be a flashback at all, but that Star-Lord will be coming back aboard the ship for some reason.
This portrait may even be in a scene without Star-Lord or Yondu - if Yondu leaves the Ravagers to help the Guardians, this could be part of his exit scene. We also don't know how big an appearance this prop will make. It could be a vital part of an important scene, or a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in the background. We'll just have to wait and see what else is revealed at this year's SDCC ahead of the film's release next spring.
Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, followed by 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 Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
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