There has been so much Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news flying around the place that it can be hard to keep tabs on. Between the official images thanks to the likes of director James Gunn, the unofficial whispers and the things the Internet is simply speculating on, we’ve round it all up into one handy source for you, counting through the things we know we’re getting in GotG2, and spitballing about the things we hope we’re getting.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news

1. Pom Klementieff is Mantis

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news

Seen in the American remake of Oldboy, Pom Klementieff is heading for her first outing in the MCU, as the latest member to join the Guardians, Mantis. Having past connections to both the Guardians and the Avengers in the comics, her skills in martial arts and telepathy will certainly come in handy for the team.

Their relationship in the books has been a little rocky at times, as she has even gone as far as using her psychic abilities to manipulate her way into the team’s ranks before. This could add a very interesting dynamic to their latest arrival. She also has a fondness for Groot, which could lead to some interesting back-and-forth between her and Rocket.

2. Elizabeth Debicki is Her

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news

The recent gossip regarding the villain of GotG2 turned out to prove that Elizabeth Debicki has joined the cast, as main antagonist Ayesha. Also known as Her, she is cooked up by a group of scientists known as the Enclave, in an attempt to recreate the “perfect human” experiment that gave the galaxy Adam Warlock (more on him in a bit).

Hopefully Gunn has learnt his lesson in regards to padding out the villain’s role in a movie, as Ronan the Accuser was a serious waste of talent and screen time.

3. Sylvester Stallone is…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news

As of writing this, we literally know nothing about who Sly is playing, nor do we know anything about who Kurt Russell could be (more on him below).

Internet hubbub says that there’s a good chance that one of these two men will be Star-Lord’s dad, which, again, we’ll talk more about below. We don’t think Sly and Chris Pratt have that kind of connection, but he could have deeper roots in the comics…

Stallone has been rumoured to play one of the Ravagers, but what if he ended up being one of the old guard of superheroes? A living legend, lost under time and dust. It could be Adam Warlord, who we have had hinted at before when we saw his cocoon, or what about the original Nova, Richard Rider? It’s an idea we haven’t really seen yet in the MCU, the idea that heroes of old might have to live long enough to deal with being legends in their own lifetimes.

4. Kurt Russell is…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news

If you could pick anyone to be your dad, you’d pick Kurt Russell, right? Snake Plissken, R.J. MacReady, Jack Burton… the man is 80s toughness personified.

A while back, James Gunn commented on a Facebook live stream that they “just shot a scene with Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell… I cannot show you – they are in their costumes – but it was magnificent and really exciting.” An emotional scene together, you say? If we were reaching we’d put this in the evidence pile, it’s just a shame we couldn’t see what costume he had on.

Alternatively, like Sly above, maybe Russell could be playing an old school hero, or is in a known outfit like the Ravagers or Nova Corps gear.

The best, most baffling rumour that was going around for a while was that Ego the Living Planet was going to make an appearance in the film. Saying that both Russell and the planet are known for their excellent facial hair, we would cry with joy if they actually went as far as making this a reality.

5. Chris Sullivan is Taserface

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news

Having had more than a few run ins against the Guardians in the comics, Taserface (sometimes known as Overkill) is part of a cyborg race with a whole lot of firepower at his disposal. There have been a number of sneaky set photos taken while the film has been shooting (see above) with the image of Taserface showing make up that has him look strikingly similar to his comic counterpart.

6. Tommy Flanagan is Tullk Ul-Zyn

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news

Another brand new character we’ll be getting is Tullk Ul-Zyn, played by Sons of Anarchy badass Tommy Flanagan. The film’s IMDb page only has him named as Tullk, probably to avoid any problems saying that surname. We’re okay with that.

If they’re pulling from the character’s comic book origins, Tullk was a bounty hunter and mercenary. Once working for Ronan the Accuser, this link could end up being used in the sequel, or he could have an affiliation with Taserface or even the Ravagers (also well known bounty hunters and mercenaries).

7. Nathan Fillion returns, but not as we know him…

One of the most difficult to spot easter eggs in the first Guardians of the Galaxy was trying to find Nathan Fillion’s cameo. Fans knew he was in there, they just didn’t know in what capacity. A regular in Gunn’s work, he has the “there’s no way that that’s him” role as Monstrous Inmate. You remember, the guy who picked a fight with Groot and was lucky to be left alive?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news

Yeah, not what fans were expecting. But Fillion’s back for GotG2, but this time he looks a little different; a little more like himself, in fact.

Fillion’s face has been seen on set as Simon Williams, who is also known as Wonder Man. He went from being a villain, to an Avenger, to retired, to an actor in a very strange series of career moves. The images released include a shot outside a cinema, showing off several fake movie posters for some of Williams’ flicks, and the marquee advertises a Simon Williams film festival. Here are the images:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news

Well, we did say his face was seen, didn’t we?

And yes, that second image does have a spoof Tony Stark biopic, as well as a nod to The Toxic Avenger (it was an 80s hit for Troma, the independent studio where Gunn got his big break. Studio head Lloyd Kaufman also has a cameo in the first Guardians, as is expected to return again). As far as cameos go, this one is pretty wonderful. Who knows if we’ll eventually see him do more as Wonder Man, but we’re looking forward to seeing what capacity he’ll have thanks to this new role.

8. Nebula reborn?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news

This may be cheating a little bit, but what if Nebula was the surprise return for GotG2? We know she’s listed as appearing on the IMDb page, and has spoken about the film before, so it isn’t really a surprise we’ll see her, but what could shock is the direction her character takes.

When quizzed about her appearance a while back by Comic Book Resources, Karen Gillan said “I think what I’m really excited about it delving into the sisterly relationship between Gamora and Nebula. I think that we’re going to see a little bit more of that, and it’s going to be a bit more fleshed out.”

Gamora and Nebula have teamed up in the comics, despite their less than perfect history, with Gamora leading female team The Graces that included Nebula as a member. Could we see a Guardians split, sending her off to do something like that, or could we even see Nebula join the Guardians, only for her shady history to cause the rest of the team to doubt her?

9. Thor to thunder into cameo role?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news

So the Internet pretty much melted down when director Gunn put this photo on his Facebook page:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news

And although he has since gone on to say, “no, Thor isn’t in Vol. 2 – the props guy just happened to have it around and I decided to take a pic with it. Not sure if I’m able to lift it because I’m worthy or because I’m soulless like an elevator” we can’t help but speculate if this is simply a wee gag or a genuine tease at what is to come.

Following Thor: Ragnarok, which promises to take the God of Thunder and his new travelling buddy Bruce Banner across the galaxy (taking in some awesome plot points from Planet Hulk), it would be glorious to see Thor, or the Hulk – or both! – pop up in a post credit sting.

Or even better, and in the spirit of classic Marvel coincidence, have Drax pick a fight with someone in a bar, only for it to be revealed as Thor, with Banner breaking up the fight by quipping “Trust me pal, you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.” Do it Marvel!

10. Doctor Strange and the Infinity Stones

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news

Okay, so this is another push, but hear us out. By now almost all the Infinity Stones are in known locations. Here’s a recap, for anyone who needs to refresh:

  • The Space Stone, once known as the Tesseract, is currently guarded by Heimdall in Asgard.
  • The Mind Stone, from Loki’s sceptre, is safe inside Vision.
  • The Reality Stone – or the Aether from Thor: The Dark World – is locked up by The Collector, Taneleer Tivan.
  • The Power Stone, from the previous Guardians of the Galaxy, is under the watch of the Nova Corps on Xandar.

In the comics, there are six stones: Mind, Soul, Power, Space, Time and Reality. With Soul and Time still out there, and Kevin Feige hinting heavily that Doctor Strange’s talisman the Eye of Agamotto is the Time Stone, surely its importance could make a connection to GotG2, in a post credit scene perhaps?

Let’s face it, using magic to connect Strange to Thanos or the Guardians through time and space would be pretty epic. And give Benedict Cumberbatch something to do before Infinity War.