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While we’ve finally learned that Sylvester Stallone will be playing Stakar in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,’ it now seems that he will be a major face in Marvel’s cosmic side of the universe going forward. Not only that, but it doesn’t sound like that necessarily means he’ll even be starring in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.’ With there being plenty of hints that going forward Marvel Studios would be leaning more into their cosmic characters, the comments from director James Gunn seems to give more clues to support that theory.

While not quite the Stakar from the comics, this one is the apparent leader of the Ravagers and we’ll see that Michael Rooker’s Yondu and his crew were actually kicked out for selling child slaves on the side. In the comics, he shared the same name and look but was one of the original founders of the Guardians of the Galaxy from the future.

According to Gunn:

“My plan is to see more of him. I’m not sure about him appearing in Vol. 3, we’ll have to see about that, but it’s our plan to see more of Stallone. Kevin (Feige) and I are working on what is going to become of the Marvel Cosmic Universe and where it’s going to go. We plan to see the rest of them in the future.”

Note: There is a spoiler in the next paragraph.

By “them” he means the original Guardians from the comics which are seen at the end of the upcoming film and include “Aleta Ogord (Michelle Yeoh), Charlie-27 (Ving Rhames), Krugarr (a CG character), the Miley Cyrus-voiced Mainframe, as well as Stallone’s Starhawk and Michael Rosenbaum’s Martinex.” Yondu was also a part of this crew, so we’ll have to see if he makes peace with Starhawk before a new ensemble piece is put together.

Could Stallone be eyed as the leader of this upcoming group?

“It’s my plan to have Sly — and I talked to him last night — to find a place for him in the future of the Marvel Universe.”

We’ve already heard that at the end of the third Guardians film that the team line up would change and perhaps this is what they are aiming to give us in the fourth movie and beyond:

“I think the first three movies tell a single story and the story is pretty simple. I think that there could be a Guardians Vol. 4, but it would not be the same. It would not be the same group… basically, the story of this group ends with Vol. 3.”

With that in mind, we have learned that Gunn has quite a few long term plans for working with Marvel Studios:

“I will be helping to plant the seeds that will lead to the next decade. I’m helping to decide what projects we’ll be pursuing outside of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3… and what the next cosmic characters we will focus on.”

I think all of us can applaud this decision on Marvel Studios’ side after the smash hit he has already released and what looks like the movie that will top it for Marvel.

Source: Toronto Sun

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