We’re still a couple of years away from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but it is already obvious it will play a major role in developing the MCU moving forward. The announcement of the sequel couldn’t come fast enough, as Marvel announced the Guardians would return before the first movie even premiered. Guardians of the Galaxy gave audiences a more adult, comedy heavy introduction to the Cosmic side of the Marvel Universe. With an open ended finish to the film, Gunn and his cast have thousands of directions to take the story.
Yesterday, Marvel began to show potential direction for the sequel by making its first casting announcement. According to THR, Marvel has cast actress Pom Klementieff in a currently mystery role for the sequel. Klementieff seems like an up and coming casting, considering that her most notable role up to this point is Spike Lee’s 2013 remake of the South Korean film Oldboy. Marvel’s hit on more than a few of these at this point, making stars out of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, among others.
Gunn has been pretty open about adding a new member to the Guardians, but up to this point he hasn’t revealed which guardian that will be. The super-group has a long list of potential characters that can have long lasting influences on the MCU. Some potential characters to watch out for are Mantis (Telepathic and a martial arts guru), Moondragon (the daughter of Drax and telepathic/shapeshifter), or Phyla-Vell (lots of powers, clone of Carol Danvers). While Phyla-Vell would be an extremely high powered addition to the team, her origin is unlikely because Danvers hasn’t made an appearance yet. Moondragon could work, but the likely addition is Mantis. For anyone interested in examining how all three factor into the Guardians, I would highly suggest checking out the 2008-2010 run of Guardians of the Galaxy on Marvel Unlimited. It is an excellent primer to see where the series (and MCU as a whole) could go.
On the other hand, Klementieff might be playing a role closer to Karen Gillan’s character Nebula, or Stephanie Szostack’s Brandt in Iron Man 3. For those who don’t remember, Nebula was used as one of the daughters of Thanos and was one of the primary antagonists of the first film. Klementieff’s skill-set and lack of notoriety may have her relegated to a supporting villain or prominent hench-woman in the new film. After all, if news that Matthew McConaughey was being courted as a villain for the film, would Gunn turn to a complete unknown to introduce a new hero? Considering the profile of the franchise, and the number of actors/actresses trying to join the MCU, this feels like unlikely.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to release on May 5th, 2017. It will be directed by James Gunn and will star Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.