As with every Marvel movie, there are always those little easter eggs spread throughout. The same applies to the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Here’s some of the nuggets that the Geekend Gladiators uncovered.
Fair warning, spoilers follow.
THE ORIGINAL GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Believe it or not, the Guardians of the Galaxy that we know now (Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket and Groot) are not the original Guardians of the Galaxy. Back in 1969, the original team debuted on Marvel Super-Heroes and sporadically appeared in the interim.
While one of the original members appeared already in Vol.1, namely Yondu, in Vol. 2 several members made their on-screen debut. Stallone appears as Stakar or Starhawk. While it does not appear early in the film, as Stakar was merely shown as a high-ranking member of the Ravagers, the movie alluded to the existence of another team of Guardians and was teased further on when the Ravagers all united. While we do not wish to spoil the reveal, it does appear that this original team and our heroes will meet sometime in the future (Vol. 3, perhaps?).
Yondu played a big role in the first movie, and that role just got bigger in the sequel. While there were some fans that voiced their opinion that Yondu’s fin had no resemblance whatsoever with his comic counterpart, many of those fans may now hold their tongue as Yondu finally donned that mohawk-like fin of his.
For those who stuck around for Vol. 1’s post-credits scene, then they were introduced to the MCU’s Howard the Duck as part of the Collectors collection. In a blink and you’ll miss it moment, Howard the Duck once again appeared in this movie. This time hanging around a shady part of the Universe with some ‘company’.
Also part of the subtle winks to comic-book fans, Cosmo was also present in the movie, albeit as a poster during the credits roll.
While these characters may not have any impact on the whole MCU, it is still one of those things that can make the core fans happy.
In probably Stan Lee’s most significant cameo, the Watcher made its MCU debut. While initially intended to elicit laughter, the significance of this scene cannot be downplayed.
In the comics, the Watcher is a silent being which merely observes the events in the Marvel Universe. The Watcher does not interfere in the events, but rather watches. However, it does not present itself or makes itself seen during the normal course of events, but rather appears only when there is a reality changing or history altering event. Most famously, the Watcher appeared during the Civil War and Secret Wars storyline of Marvel Comics.
So what is the significance of the Watcher appearing in the MCU? It could be a warning of sorts for the audience, and maybe at some time the MCU, that something terrible is about to happen. And as keen observers and fans, this could only mean one thing. That one thing is no other than the Mad Titan, Thanos, himself.
Fans would know that Thanos getting ahold of the Infinity Gauntlet and the Infinity Stones spell doom for every living being in the MCU. This could be the main reason that the Watcher finally appears in the MCU.
Only time will tell if this is a legitimate easter egg, or a one and done joke meant to elicit laugther.
The MCU has an affinity with arcade games, as was famously shown in Avengers thanks to that SHIELD agent and Tony Stark’s keen eye.
However, not every one caught on with the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 when another nod to Galaga was made when Ronan attacked Xandar. In one of the pivotal scenes, we see a Galaga-like image where the Nova Corps on the ground started shooting Ronan’s ships from the sky, Galaga style.
In Vol. 2, the trend continued. First when Rocket and Yondu space jumped 700 times just to get to Ego’s Planet. The jump from one point to another appeared to be a nod to Pinball, and it was even accompanied with the Pinball sound effects at one point.
The other, more obvious one, occurred in the pivotal battle between Peter and Ego. Peter, in his celestial/god-mode, changed into Pac-Man. Again, another nod to some of the most famous arcade games known to man.
We’re pretty much sure that there are more easter eggs out there, so we want to hear about what you uncovered, or if we left some out. Let us know on our comments section below.
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