<b>Guardians of the Galaxy</b> may not be Marvel's biggest film (although it's close), but it is it's biggest surprise. And director James Gunn is promising more in 2017's <B>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</b> in terms of fathers and new members. <p>We've already made our case with <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/22838-star-lords-father-has-been-right-under-our-noses-all-along.html>our theory on Star-Lord’s film father</a>, you ate it up, and it made us think of who the new member could be. <p>As of today, we may have at least one of our answers. Newcomer Pom Klementieff was recently cast in a “mystery role,” which several outlets are now <a href="http://www.newsarama.com/26562-report-pom-klementieff-guardians-vol-2-role-i-d-ed.html">reporting</a> will be that of Mantis, longtime Guardians ally, and one-time Avenger. <p>While he’s been tight-lipped about who could make the team, James Gunn has professed his love for the off-beat and colorful cast of the <b>Guardians</b> comics, saying, “I love so many - can't give it away but there should be at least one more Guardian from the comics" in the sequel. <p>So, without further ado, here are Newsarama's picks, ranked from least to most likely, for characters to appear in <b>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</b>!
Just what the Guardians need - some comic relief! <p>But seriously, how much fun would it be to see Howard and Rocket interacting? This one's a longshot, given the very small nature of Howard's cameo in the first film, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't work. <p>Howard's not exactly the adventuring type, but his fish-out-of-water dynamic would add something new to the team, and his sarcastic wit would fit right in with the cosmic jokers that already travel aboard the Milano.
<p>As hard as it is to believe that a raccoon and a tree could be breakout movie stars, the fact remains that Rocket and Groot have become household names thanks to their portrayal in <B>Guardians of the Galaxy</B>. While it may be trying to make lightning strike twice, the acerbic, quirky Bug could be <B>GOTG VOL. 2</B>'s next attempt at making an unlikely character a fan favorite. <p>In fact, director James Gunn actually revealed in a Q&A that Bug appeared in one draft of the script before the roster was trimmed. While that may mean it was decided he wouldn't work as intended on film, the former Micronaut may still be up for grabs when the sequel rolls around.
<p>It seems unlikely that Marvel would turn to any other Kree-powered cosmic heroine before Carol Danvers, but considering Phyla-Vell (a.k.a. Quasar, a.k.a. Martyr) has strong ties to the Guardians, and a history as rich and full of cosmic connections as any Marvel character, there's always a chance that she could show up, even in a slightly altered form. <p>Phyla-Vell is, of course, the daughter of Captain Mar-Vell, and brother of his successor Genis-Vell. She inherited the Quasar mantle after taking control of the Quantum Bands that were once used by the original Quasar, as well as her father and brother. It seems likely that, were she to appear, some of that history would have to be consolidated. Still, Phyla-Vell does represent the culmination of an entire dynasty of Marvel's cosmic heroes. <p>Her inclusion would, incidentally also allow Marvel Studios' first openly homosexual relationship between two heroes on the big screen, if another one further up our list was included, too...
<p>As a character, Angela has a pretty interesting history. Created by Neil Gaiman for a Spawn story he wrote, Angela quickly became an important part of the Spawn mythos. Several years ago, Gaiman won a lawsuit over his rights as the character's creator, allowing him to sell her character rights to Marvel comics, where she has since appeared in the recent <B>Guardians of the Galaxy</B> series. <p>Despite her strange legal history, Angela has become a key player in the Guardians' current adventures, often pairing up with Gamora to hilariously violent results. Even with her baggage, Angela could be an easy addition to the sequel's cast - after all, who wouldn't want to see a couple of killer ladies tearing up the galaxy together?
<p>A version of Vance Astrovik - a.k.a. Justice - from a timeline where he became an astronaut and journeyed to the future, Major Victory was one of the stalwarts of the original Guardians in the 31st century. Though his alternate timelines make him something of a confusing character, there are a few constants that make him a strong possible contender for a film appearance. <p>For one thing, he's been a member of both the original Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Star-Lord lead version that the movie is based around. Furthermore, he carries Captain America's shield, an ancient artifact in his time, and even brings it with him when he journeys into the past. That could set up some pretty interesting situations should the Guardians crossover with the Avengers.
<p>Moondragon may not be a particularly well known character, but her ties to the Guardians of the Galaxy - both onscreen, and off - are numerous and strong. In comics, Moondragon is a human girl whose family is killed by Thanos. Soon after, she discovers her father's spirit has been resurrected, becoming none other than Drax the Destroyer, while she herself is taken to Thanos's home, Titan, and raised by monks to become a powerful telepathic warrior. <p>While that may be a bit convoluted for film, it's already been established that the film version of Drax had a family, who were killed by Ronan, acting under Thanos's guidance. It's also been established that Thanos has a strong penchant for taking orphaned girls under his wing and training them to be living weapons. While this might make Moondragon a bit redundant, given Gamora's onscreen history, the ties are still strong enough that some version of Moondragon could show up onscreen.
<p>Carol Danvers may be a particularly recent addition to the Guardians in the comics, but her cosmic history is undeniable. With the Kree empire debuting in the MCU, they are paving the way for Captain Marvel's origin to be told onscreen. <p>Of course, Carol Danvers might break Gunn's recent statements that Peter Quill would remain the team's only Earthling (though he clarified, not necessarily the only human) - or would she? The nature of Carol's comic book origin actually altered her DNA to be part Kree. Is that too slim of a loophole? Or could we see Carol's origin play out in <b>GotG Vol. 2</b>? <p>While many fans are excited for her solo film debut in July 2018, it is likely that Captain Marvel will be rolled out in a team film first. While an <I>Avengers</I> film hits just two months before her solo movie, she may be best used the other way, providing connective tissue between the Avengers and the larger cosmic realm of the MCU by debuting in <b>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</b> in May 2017.
<p>A favorite for fans of Marvel's cosmic wing, Adam Warlock has been called out as one of the most likey additions to the cast by hopeful fans and pros alike. Kevin Feige, the spearhead of Marvel's film division, confirmed that he was a possible candidate for the <B>GotG</B> equel. In fact, a cocoon that strongly resembles the one from which Adam Warlock initially spawned has already appeared among the Collector's collectibles. <p>Considering that he has traditionally possessed one of the Infinity Stones, and been an arch-enemy of Thanos, Warlock will almost inevitably appear in some form during the MCU's cosmic saga. The bigger question seems to be how closely he will resemble Jim Starlin's cosmic messiah version of the character, and how much of his story will come from the classic <I>Infinity Gauntlet</I> story that brought him, and Thanos, to prominence in Marvel comic books.
The Vision may be one of the newest Avengers in the MCU, but if rumors hold true, he might also be one of the shortest serving members yet. <p>According to some speculation, the Vision will depart Earth following the events of <i>Captain America: Civil War</i>, taking to the stars to find peace. <p>Even though he's never served on the Guardians in comic books, if the movie Vision does take to the stars, he's likely to run into Star-Lord and his pals. If he did, he'd add a much needed level head to the group, creating a dynamic far different from what we've seen so far. <p>And - while this goes against one of our other picks - Vision seems to serve some of the same purpose as Adam Warlock in the MCU. Think about it - he's an artificial being with an Infinity Stone planted in his forehead. <p>Vision may not have the mythic personality of Warlock, but it would make sense for him to journey into space before returning for <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i>. After all, Thanos has to get his hands on the Mind Stone somehow...
<p>Known as the Celestial Madonna, Mantis is a powerful telepath, and a former member of both the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Though her comic book history is fraught with complicated cosmic time travel conceits, that could work to her advantage as a candidate for a <B>GotG</B> sequel. <p>Mantis's importance to the Marvel's cosmic stories has waned in recent years, though she was a member of the modern Guardians of the Galaxy, and has appeared in their most recent series. She also has ties to the Kree, and to Kang the Conqueror, whom director James Gunn wanted to use, but whose rights may be too complicated for a <B>GotG</B> sequel. <p>And, if today's reports are true, this pick may be right on the money.