Although we're over a year away from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's 2017 release date, time hasn't slowed the rumor mill from churning out interesting information about the sequel. Thanks to an article from Geek.com, we now have the rumored lineup set to work alongside Star-Lord.
We can expect Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel) to join Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) once again in his upcoming journey. According to a source from Geek.com there will also be a new addition to the motley space crew.
In addition to familiar faces Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) joining in on the fun, the Marvel character Mantis, played by Old Boy's Pom Klementieff, will make her theatrical debut to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
If you are unfamiliar with Mantis' character and abilities, her Marvel description is pretty exciting.
The powers she adapted from the Cotati enabled her to communicate telepathically with plants, survive in space, and transfer herself (and her son) from plant life to plant life across interstellar distances or interdimensionally. Once reborn, she could fire powerful energy blasts, form energy fields, communicate directly with cosmic beings such as Eternity and Death, and gained complete control of her personal energies as well as her physical form. Her mind, a human/plant hybrid, is largely immune to mental or metaphysical assault, and her physical durability is greatly enhanced. She can achieve a meditative state in which she is largely immune to physical, mental or spiritual harm. She also seems to have limited powers of flight, though it is possible these function only in the vacuum of space.
The half-Vietnamese, half-German psychic martial arts expert was initially introduced in The Avengers in the early '70s, but it sounds like she'll make a pretty awesome addition to the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 roster.
Even though waiting for the sequel is pretty painful, at least we have Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange to enjoy in the meantime.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released on May 5, 2017.