Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 begins principal photography in 14 weeks according to writer and director James Gunn, who's already set up shop at Pinewood Atlanta Studios to begin preparations. The shooting scripts just went out to the main cast and we suspect that in the next few weeks we'll learn of the final few casting additions, including official word on the newest member of the team, Mantis, who will be played by Pom Klementieff.
The sequel aims to be a more personal story than Guardians 1 and according to Gunn, is a "story about fathers." At the center of that is protagonist Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) whose relationship with his yet-to-be-revealed dad is at the center of the sequel's plot. We might finally know precisely who that character is, depending on who you believe.
*Warning: If this article's title didn't give it away, major potential plot spoilers ahead.*
You've been warned.
At the end of Guardians of the Galaxy it is revealed by the Nova Corps that Quill's father is from an ancient mysterious race that's not been around for ages. Quill is therefore only half-human and its his half-alien side that allowed him to survive interacting with one of the Infinity Stones (The Power Gem) when defeating Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).
From the hints throughout the movie, Quill's father was described by his mother to be "angelic" but also a "jackass" according to Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his ragtag group of Ravagers. When combined with Gunn's explanation that Quill's father in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be different than that of the comics, we had a substantial amount of hints to help narrow it down - assuming of course, this character is someone else from the books and not someone entirely original.
HH has a scoop on the identity of Star-Lord's father from various sources - which potentially lends credence to something that we've heard rumblings about behind the scenes as well. They claim it's Captain Marvel.
We know James Gunn has already stated multiple times that Carol Danvers - the current Captain Marvel in the comics (previously known as Ms. Marvel) - will not be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 but the rumor is specifically referring to the original Captain Marvel from the comics, the Kree military officer known as Mar-Vell.
The biggest hint of this might be in the intro of Guardians of the Galaxy where Quill's mom died of cancer, the same way Mar-Vell did in the comics (see: The Death of Captain Marvel). If this rumor proves true, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 would be helping establish the Captain Marvel power set and mantle before Danvers has her origin tale told in 2018 in her own movie. This plot line could also help bridge the gap of the cosmic adventures of the Guardians with the happenings on Earth.
The role of Captain Marvel might be the very same antagonistic part that Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey turned down in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He certainly has the look. There have been no reports yet on who else could be the running - or already cast - in the role of Star-Lord's dad.
And this isn't the only family-oriented story element of the film though. We know the sibling rivalry between Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) will be explored more in the sequel and it's possible we learn more of Drax's family history too. In the comics, Drax is the father of another hero who serves in the comics alongside the Avengers and Guardians, and it's always possible that we meet another adopted daughter of Thanos, as hinted at in the first movie.
At this point, all remains uncertain - Especially given James Gunn's pointed response to this rumor...