To little surprise, the Guardians of the Galaxy made an appearance during San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) to promote Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. While there was footage shown during the panel, director James Gunn said prior to the con that it would not be available online (officially) because it was not final footage.
VFX aren’t finished. Won’t hold up to repeated viewings. Made for one time showing. Or shaky camera footage. https://t.co/yCgxKBgaZW— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 22, 2016
The Guardians segment started with the Ravagers invading the convention room, harassing the audience to loud music and insulting the main characters in the film. The Ravagers consist of: Taserface (Chris Sullivan), Kraglin (Sean Gunn), Wretch (Evan Jones), Half-Nut (Jimmy Urine), Brahl (Stephen Blackehart), Gef (Steve Agee), Oblo (Joe Fria), and Narblik (Terence Rosemore).
The Ravagers and Yondu (Michael Rooker) are at odds since the latter let Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) off so easily in the first movie. Yondu did also show up, and we say Yondu because Rooker showed up in full costume, this time sporting the big red fin on his head like his classic look. The main cast then took the stage, including Kurt Russell and Elizabeth Debicki (reconfimed as playing Ayesha).
Gunn describes the character of Ayesha:
"Ayesha is the golden High Priestess of a genetically-perfect people called the Sovereign. She's not a woman to be screwed with – she, and her entire world, are extraordinarily deadly."
Gunn also confirmed the rumor that Sylvester Stallone is in the movie, though he would not disclose what his role in the film is. The director also noted that two songs were shown in the footage they screened (they also showed a montage reel): "Come a Little Bit Closer" by Jay and the Americans in the first clip and "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac. It is not confirmed that these songs are on the second mix tape.
Before we get to the spoiler, which reveals the identity of Star-Lord's father here's one more announcement from the panel:
Guardians of the Galaxy will get an attraction at Disney California Adventure, "Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission Breakout!". Benecio del Toro will be reprising his role from the first Guardians movie for this ride.
Okay now for the spoiler, with a spoiler alert, please avoid if you are spoiler averse…
While you are thinking, here is the spiffy new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 logo:
*** SPOILER FOR GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 ***
As we know, this sequel is about fathers. The identity of Star-Lord's father was revealed during the panel… and yes as the rumors guessed, Kurt Russell is playing Star-Lord's father. However, the character that Russell is playing is not J'Son like it is in the comics and cartoon… he is playing Ego the Living Planet. Whhhaaaaa-? Yes also as rumored, Ego is in the film and is Peter Quill's papa.
Gunn commented a bit on this choice:
"Ego seemed, in many ways, like an even more ridiculous character [than Rocket Raccoon]. But I asked myself, if a planet was alive, how could that be? And how could it father a child?
The answers to those questions took me to a far deeper place that I expected. I don't want to give away too many answers at this time. But what Nova Prime said about Peter's father at the end of Vol. 1 is certainly true – he is something ancient and unknown. And, as we will discover, being a cosmic being, alone for eons, is perhaps even more lonely than being the universe's sole talking raccoon.
I can't wait for you guys to see Kurt Russell bring this character to life onscreen. It has been a rapturous experience creating Ego with him. We have both pushed ourselves as far as we can go in making him real, and grounded, and emotionally centered."
Peter's mama must have been pretty kinky.
Gunn promised even more surprises to come. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be delivered into theaters May 5, 2017.