Spoilers ahead for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The original Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel comic books has been confirmed to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy, according to ScreenRant. During a press conference that took place Thursday in Los Angeles, Gunn confirmed Sylvester Stallone as Starhawk, Michelle Yeoh as Aleta (also known in comic books as Starhawk), Ving Rhames as Charlie-27, and then Krugarr and Mainframe played by two unspecified actors.
"They’re definitely the original Guardians," said Feige. "That was the fun of it and when James had the idea to do more with the Yondu character – who is also an original Guardian – there was the notion that he had a team once like Peter does now. That’d be fun to see them. And [Ving Rhames] is definitely Charlie-27. Where we see them in the future, time will tell."
Gunn adds to that, inferring that the team will appear during one of the five announced post-credits scenes.
"With all the post-credits scenes on this movie, they’re all funny and fun, and most of them are things we hope to see continue on in the MCU," said Gunn. "Whether that’s a supporting role in future movies or whatever, I think it would be great to see those things and those characters show up."
Smallville alum Michael Rosenbaum's role has yet to be confirmed, but it has previously been said he is a close confidante of Stallone's now-revealed Starhawk. No mention was made of the other early members of the 31st century Guardians team, namely Nikki, Martinex, or Vance Astro.
Of course, their appearance could be more than incidental, as one of the movie's executive producers have said that there will be new members to the titular team.
“There will be new members by the end of the movie,” Jonathan Schwartz told Entertainment Weekly. “And allies who maybe aren’t with them at the end of the movie necessarily, [and who] go off on their own adventures. But the makeup of the Guardians will evolve.”
Of course that could simply refer to Nebula, Yondu or Mantis joining the team officially, but could also be open to intepret for surprise members such as these newly-revealed characters.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in North American theaters May 5.