'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Will Introduce James Gunn's Favorite Character

ROM Spaceknight art by uncannyknack (Header)

Writer and director James Gunn had the ease of mind knowing that he'd have a chance to make Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for Marvel Studios before the first even hit theaters. He was able to announce it with star Chris Pratt at Comic-Con International last summer and actually began writing the sequel the day the first came out.

As one of the more open and interactive filmmakers in the comic book movie business, Gunn isn't shy about teasing or confirming certain details about his work with fans on social media or with the press in interviews. Even though GOTG 2 won't be in theaters until 2017, we've already learned quite a few details, especially when it comes to characters.

We know, for instance, that the second Guardians of the Galaxy will see the entire core cast of five "heroes" return alongside Nebula (Karen Gillan), The Collector (Benicio Del Toro), Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his right-hand man, Kraglin (Sean Gunn). We can expect Thanos (Josh Brolin) to make an appearance as well alongside a few other familiar faces.

We also know that Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) who seemingly died at the end of Gunn's first Marvel film may not be dead after all, but he definitely won't be in the sequel. As for new characters, that's where things get interesting. The biggest we know about so far is Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord's dad - a character who Gunn confirmed will be different than in Marvel Comics but who will be very important to Quill's story going forward.

New Characters Are On The Way

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Characters From Marvel Comics

We also know from what Gunn told us while promoting Guardians of the Galaxy that the main team will include at least two female characters this time around. We can assume both Star-Lord's dad and this new female member of Star-Lord's crew are characters from Marvel Comics, even if they're different, and it's possible one of them might be James Gunn's personal favorite character - That or this tweet from the weekend where James Gunn held a Twitter Q&A is hinting at another character about to be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 28, 2015

From Gunn's words, it sounds like whoever this character is, their first introduction will be in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. As for the who of it, looking back on what Gunn has said about projects he'd like to make for Marvel we can make a few guesses.

We know for instance the project he initially wanted to make for Marvel was Hit Monkey. He spoke about that at length when chatting with us on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy in 2012 (he actually wasn't interested in Guardians at first). The other Marvel fave for Gunn is the villain team-up series Thunderbolts, a project which Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige teased that Gunn could make if he's successful with GOTG. We asked Gunn about Thunderbolts too but he said he's now interested in sticking with the Guardians for a while.

ROM: Spaceknight

Rom Spaceknight by artnomad (Marvel Comics)

Another Marvel Comic James Gunn frequently namedrops is ROM: Spaceknight, and this one's quite unique. ROM wasn't created by Marvel Comics and instead was licensed from Parker Brothers who had acquired the character from its original creators. Marvel ran a ROM: Spaceknight series for 75 issues over an eight-year span until the rights reverted back in 1986.

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