There are only a few principles of superhero sequels. Number 1 on the list: More superheroes than the last movie. The only surefire solution to outdo a blockbuster people liked is to allow them to have basically the same thing, solely bigger, bigger, even bigger.
So it isn’t shocking in the slightest to read the revolutionary report over at Geek.com that will Marvel and writer/director James Gunn plan to expand your ranks of the Guardians of the Galaxy if they return for their mega-sequel (named Guardians with the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the moment) during the warm months of 2017. They put the total of new Guardians within the film at 3:
According to a source close up with the production, Peter Quill will be signing new members onto the roster; he’ll be joined by Yondu, bad girl Nebula, and newcomer Mantis.
Yondu (played because of the great Michael Rooker) is really a no-brainer; he was one of several standout supporting people in the first Guardians, and also Gunn loves working with Rooker (he also appeared in his wonderful horror comedy Slither). Nebula (Karen Gillan) will be an odder fit, largely because she expended Guardians 1 trying to destroy they (and particularly her brother Gamora). Mantis is a character with a long but not particularly distinguished career throughout comics. She became a member of the Avengers for the little while in the Nineteen seventies, and spent considerable time hanging out with a hero called the Swordsman (he, uh, he makes use of a sword). The entire Avengers connection with Mantis could be exciting, if only because it provides the MCU another character which could bridge these two franchises down the line. (Just a couple days ago, Geek.com reported that Guardians 2 will also attribute Ego, the Living Planet (who, uh, is often a living planet), which might up the weirdness factor with this sequel significantly.)
Star-Lord, Bomb, Groot, Gamora, and Drax will be back — with as well as without any new members— Guardians in the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens on May 5, 2017.