(Warning: The following contains major potential plot SPOILERS for both Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok, albeit ones largely based on speculative rumor. Proceed with caution and all that all the same, though...)
Now, while 2017 is set to see the release of three — count 'em, three — movies set in the #MarvelCinematicUniverse, the first of them isn't actually set to hit theaters until May. Which has, of course, made us a little bit antsy (as a broader superhero movie-obsessed sub-culture/demographic). As such, it's perhaps not all that surprising that rumors relating to 2017's #Marvel movies are now hitting the internet with an unnerving frequency, especially when it comes to the #MCU's two most imminently arriving 'core' offerings — #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 and #ThorRagnarok.
The Latest Marvel Movie Rumors Are Predictably Spoiler-Filled... And Generally Predictable
Y'see, as ScreenGeek recently noted, a series of rumors a few months back seem to have correctly predicted a fair few details of the recently released #DoctorStrange — and as such, it seems worth considering the possibility that their insider information on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok is also a little more accurate than the average un-sourced internet murmuring. It's also, of course, exactly the sort of stuff that we could have all guessed would happen anyway, making it relatively movie ruination-free and only mildly SPOILER-ific.
As a result, you can read the rumors below... behind a generous slathering of SPOILER-protection:
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'
Which, according to ScreenGeek, will feature the following details:
Ego is made out to be the main villain at first, but it is actually Ayesha, although Ego is also an antagonist. Taserface serves as a secondary foe.
Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone are playing members of the Ancients, a race of immortal aliens that hire the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Ego, as part of a bigger plan masterminded by Ayesha.
Yondu and Nebula are joining the team alongside Mantis, who is Star-Lord’s half-sister and a prisoner of Ego.
The Nova Corps will make an appearance and the Kree will also have a larger role.
Groot will remain child-sized for a large portion of the movie.
There’s a minor romantic subplot between Star-Lord and Gamora following the seeds planted in the first movie.
Thanos won’t appear in the movie, but will be referenced.
There’ll be no infinity stones, although they are referenced.
The movie ending leads directly to “Avengers: Infinity War”.
There are plans for a sequel, but James Gunn still isn’t officially attached to write and direct, although Marvel wants him to direct.
Most of which have, of course, been directly teased by director #JamesGunn, or indirectly hinted at by the film's promotional materials and trailer(s). The second movie in play here, however, remains a little more mysterious. Step forward...
Which, according to rumor, will include the following plot and production elements:
The movie will have a serious tone with little moments of humor, like 'The Winter Soldier,' which is being used as a template.
Loki is the one that sends Hulk to the gladiator planet where Thor later ends up, Valkyrie is also a warrior on that planet and befriends Thor, but they don’t actually become a couple although there’s a spark between them.
Jane Foster is not referenced at all in the script.
Thor, Hulk and Valkyrie have to find the Soul Gem in order to defeat Loki and Hela, who has helped Loki usurp the throne, but is also planning to destroy the Nine Realms in the Ragnarok.
Loki is eventually betrayed by Hela and helps Thor defeat her, but then betrays him as well and gives the Soul Gem to Thanos, as well as the location of the other Infinity Stones, for his own protection when Thanos launches his offensive on the universe.
Skurge is Hela’s champion, but he follows her under false pretenses, and turns against her when he finds out what her true plans are, holding off her armies alone at the cost of his own life to give Thor a chance.
Surtur and the Fenris Wolf will appear, among others.
Odin has been living as a vagrant on Earth ever since Loki usurped the throne and banished him. He gets his full power back in the final scene to battle the Ragnarok monsters.
Sif, the Warriors Tree and Heimdall are returning. Heimdall dies.
Doctor Strange will have a cameo.
All of which might seem a little more SPOILER-ific, but could almost all have been divined from both MCU-centric common sense, and a general awareness of Marvel's Ragnarok-themed comic-book history... or Norse mythology.
In other words? Everything you just read might well be true — but you probably already knew it, so that's probably OK.
What do you reckon, though? What do you reckon will actually happen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok? Let us know below!