Trying to maintain order in an expansive and turbulent universe isn't easy, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Without a little intergalactic unrest, there'd be no need for the Guardians of the Galaxy, the eclectic and roguish team who have become one of the standout properties in Marvel's thriving cinematic universe.
As well as becoming a highlight in the MCU, James Gunn and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 were on hand to provide a particular highlight at the recent San Diego Comic-Con, with a number of the cast turning up in full, grungy alien attire, representing the interstellar swindlers, the Ravagers.
Those in the crowd would've no doubt recognized a few familiar (blue) faces, but alongside the likes of Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Kraglin (Sean Gunn) — who both had an integral role in the first film — there were some new recruits.
New Ravagers With A Dumbass Leader
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1, the group were led by Yondu Udonta, a Ravager who had kidnapped Peter Quill when he was a child, in an attempt to return him to his father. Instead of doing so, he ended up raising Quill himself, forming a fatherly bond in the process.
The biggest change to the second instalment is the inclusion of Chris Sullivan's Taserface (yeah, really), a villain of the Guardians who is taking the mantle as leader of the Ravangers. Gunn himself acknowledged the fact that Taserface is a character who isn't taken particularly seriously by fans. In an interview with Comic Book, he said:
"In this movie, we have the head of the Ravagers as a real dumbass. A very powerful guy. I decided he named himself and called himself Taserface."
In the comics, Taserface was first introduced in 1990, in Guardians of the Galaxy #1, frequently clashing with the superhero team led by Star-Lord. Since his inception, his name has been changed to Overkill, and considering the contrasting appearance between comic book and live-action, it's uncertain what aspects will be carried into the movie.
The Rest Of The New Additions
Details are sparse on the rest of the new recruits, with Gunn not giving much away. The details that have been shared on social media by Gunn confirm names, and faces, but not much more. The rest of the newbies are:
Brahl (Stephen Blackehart): In the comics, Brahl is an Achemonian capable of shifting his body composition to avoid oncoming attacks or move through objects. He was once defeated by the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Scrote (Mike Escamilla): May be from the same race as the Broker, due to their similar appearance.
- The rest of the team are: Oblo (Joe Fria), Narblik (Terence Rosemore), Gef the Ravager (Steve Agee), Wretch (Evan Jones) and Half-Nut (Jimmy Urine).
The Ravagers' Importance In Guardians Of The Galaxy 2
During the events of Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt's Star-Lord betrayed the Ravagers at the start on the movie, in an attempt to double cross them and sell an orb they had been hired to steal.
The cat and mouse chase continued through the film, with Yondu eventually saving Quill when he was slowly dying in space after sacrificing himself to save Gamora in a truly heroic action.
The Guardians and the Ravagers teamed up in order to prevent Ronan the Accuser using the orb to destroy the planet of Xander, under the agreement Quill would return the orb to the Ravagers after they had succeeded.
Fool Me Once, Shame On You...
Instead, Quill switched the orb, giving Yondu a toy troll instead, much to Yondu's amusement. However, there's no mistake the Ravagers — who were already questioning Yondu's lenience toward Quill at the beginning of the movie — will want retribution.
At Comic-Con, Gunn confirmed that the Ravagers will have an important role in the sequel. Having formed the Guardians at the end of the first movie, expect to see Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Racoon and Groot go face-to-face with the new team, as well as other potential threats.
Although the plot hasn't been revealed as of yet, the energy and enthusiasm shown from Gunn and the rest of the cast is contagious, and it leaves the impression Guardians of the Galaxy 2 could be even better than the first.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is released on May 5, 2017.
Do you think the this team of Ravagers will be a threat to the Guardians of the Galaxy?
Source: Comic Book