Everyone’s favourite heroes that nobody knew about three years ago is coming back this week! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 hits cinemas on 27 April, and we’ve got plenty of new cast members that, again, most people don’t know about!

Star-Lord (yes, there’s a dash in his name, just like Spider-Man) is back with Groot (awwww), Rocket, Gamora, and Drax. This time, they’re joined by Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Yondu (Michael Rooker), and Nebula (Karen Gilian) as they go traipsing around the galaxy and getting into scrapes with Ego (Kurt Russell) and Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki).

I can already see your eyes glazed over – who are all these folk? Don’t worry. This is where my years of reading comic books and Wikipedia entries pays off, because here’s your definitive guide to all these new characters.

1. Ego (Kurt Russell)

Ego. Credit: The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) Pte Ltd

Ego. Credit: The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) Pte Ltd

So far, what we do know is that Ego is Star-Lord’s father. In the comics, Ego is usually known as Ego the Living Planet because, well, he’s a planet. I’m pretty sure they got Kurt Russell to play him because he’s got the aura of a living planet, rather than the size of one. So yes, Star-Lord is the literal son of a planet!

Ego the Living Planet is usually involved in cosmic adventures, which means that he appears frequently in Fantastic Four and Thor comics (since they’re the ones who can/will go into outer space). He also pops up in the comics of space-faring characters like the Silver Surfer and Adam Warlock (more on him later). Here he is in the 1994 Fantastic Four cartoon.

Ego the Living Planet faces off against Galactus in this clip, where Galactus tries to eat him.

Will we see Ego take his planet form in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2? I’m pretty sure he will!

 

2. Mantis (Pom Klementieff) 

Mantis. Credit: The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) Pte Ltd

Mantis. Credit: The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) Pte Ltd

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 sees Mantis being an oddball who was raised by Ego. Her greatest claim to fame in the comics is her title as the “Celestial Madonna”, which is every bit as weird as it sounds. She is destined to give birth to the “Celestial Messiah”, who oddly enough, hasn’t been as active or famous in the comics as his title would denote. He also looks pretty similar to Groot, being a half-plant alien creature and all.

Which makes us wonder if we’ll see Mantis and Groot get together in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2?

 

3. Nebula (Karen Gilian)

Nebula. Credit: The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) Pte Ltd

Nebula. Credit: The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) Pte Ltd

Do you remember Nebula from the first movie? She was one of Ronan the Accuser’s (the bad guy of the first Guardians of the Galaxy) allies, and battled Gamora at the climax of the film. She’s back in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, and if you’re wondering why Marvel fans are gasping at her inclusion, here’s why.

She’s the daughter of Thanos. Granted, she’s adopted, but still.

Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. Credit: Best Movie Facebook Page

Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. Credit: Best Movie Facebook Page

Thanos is highly speculated to be the big bad of Avengers: Infinity War (parts 1 and 2). Remember the Infinity Stones? The Guardians got ahold of one at the end of the first movie, and the Tesseract, Vision’s forehead gem, the Eye of Agamotto, and the Aether are some of the others. In the comics, Thanos assembles all of them to form the Infinity Guantlet, an artifact that grants him limitless power.

And we’re all betting that he’s going to execute the same plan in the future Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

4. Yondu (Michael Rooker)

Yondu. Credit: The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) Pte Ltd

Yondu. Credit: The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) Pte Ltd

Yondu’s a bit meh, to be honest. He’s a blue space pirate, and his shtick doesn’t really go beyond being… a blue space pirate. He was in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film and plays a dysfunctional figure to Star-Lord.

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, he’s back with a much, much larger head fin to closer match his appearance in the comics. And since Star-Lord’s real father, Ego returns in this film, we’re betting that there’s going to be a clash of Star-Lord’s daddies in this movie.

Awwwwww.

 

5. Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki)

Ayesha. Credit: The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) Pte Ltd

Ayesha. Credit: The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) Pte Ltd

Ayesha also sounds like she’d be boring (I mean, in a world where people are named Groot, Ego, Ronan the Accuser, Ayesha is kind of an earthbound-ish name). She’ll probably come into conflict with the Guardians of the Galaxy, given that she leads the Sovereign people (they’re all just as golden as her).

But if we look to the comics, we’ll find a much more interesting origin for her. She’s also known as Kismet, which means “fate” (thanks Merriam Webster!). In the comics, she’s an artificial life-form, the second to be created after Adam Warlock.

Adam Warlock, clearly created in an era when it was stylish to have no pants. Credit: Your Daily Marvel Facebook Page

Adam Warlock, clearly created in an era when it was stylish to have no pants. Credit: Your Daily Marvel Facebook Page

 

Who’s Adam Warlock? Well, he’s the guy who usually defeats Thanos in the comics, and is so powerful that his evil alter-ego (Magus) and good alter-ego (Goddess) caused as much trouble as Thanos did with the Infinity Gauntlet.

So Ayesha could, in theory, be as deadly as Thanos.

Guardians of the Galaxy. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

So catch all these new characters in action in  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2! It has the vaguest plot synopsis of any Marvel movie by far, since we really don’t know what’s going to happen. Suffice to say that Star-Lord will meet his father, his adoptive father will probably get jealous, and some funky aliens will appear.

We in Singapore will get to see it on April 27, which is a whole week earlier than in the US (where it opens May 5). So treasure this chance and watch it once it out in cinemas, guys, since we’ll be the ones posting spoilers first! And getting to watch all FIVE secret endings!

Oh, and not forgetting Baby Groot. We love Baby Groot!

 

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