Emerging to the fore only a few hours after a report that revealed Marvel’s Planet Hulk arc would anchor next year’s Thor: Ragnarok, JoBlo has unearthed an intriguing tidbit related to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and its purported villain.
Included after the jump to minimize the chance of spoiling the surprise, the outlet claims to have zeroed in on the identity of the primary antagonist set to give Star-Lord and Co. a run for their money in 2017. And it isn’t who you expect.
Spoilers to follow…..
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If JoBlo’s report holds any semblance of truth, Guardians 2 will introduce Ayesha as the sequel’s big bad. In the comics, it’s a character that goes by many names – from Kismet to Her to Paragon – one birthed as a genetically flawless being by the The Enclave, a tight-knit group of nefarious scientists. In their experiments, The Enclave also hatched a male creation to go alongside Ayesha, who would eventually go on to become Adam Warlock, an occasional Guardians of the Galaxy member in the source material.
It’s a villainous dynamic that could tee up multiple appearances for Warlock, though for now, JoBlo’s rumored plot point should be treated as just that.
As far as the confirmed cast list goes, Chris Pratt is back in business as Star-Lord, flanked by Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Michael Rooker as Yondu and Vin Diesel as Groot. There’s also room for franchise newcomers Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Tommy Flanagan as a henchmen of Yondu and, potentially, Sylvester Stallone in a cameo role of a faceless Nova Corps foot soldier.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is penciled in for a release on May 5, 2017.