Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scoring big at the box office. While Star-Lord and his troops keep the fans entertained, there are many Easter eggs in the movie much like the first one. These Easter eggs carry a deep connection to the comic books, which hardcore fans will immediately recognize.
Sylvester Stallone as Starhawk
When Stallone was first announced to be a part of the movie, many wondered what role would the veteran actor be playing. However, later on, it was revealed that The Expendables star is playing Stakar Ogord.
While this name doesn’t resound at all to many, comic book fans will recognize Ogord as the name for one of Marvel’s superheroes. Ogord is actually Starhawk, who was part of the original Guardians of the Galaxy in the comics.
He is not the only original member of the team that makes an appearance. Martinex, Charlie-27 and Aleta too can be seen in the movie.
Stan Lee and the Watchers
Stan Lee, creator of the majority of Marvel heroes has been popping up in every MCU movie since the beginning. Until now fans thought that this could be a tribute to Lee but a scene in the movie sheds some light on the character he could be playing.
In the movie, Lee can be seen talking to bald-headed aliens about everything he has seen. He even refers to the time he appeared as a courier delivery guy in Captain America: Civil War.
Now many outlets have speculated that the beings he was talking to are the Watchers. In the comic books, Watchers are cosmic beings that are tasked with observing and collecting knowledge about the entire universe.
Since Lee can be seen describing events to them, he either could be one of the Watchers or their informant. His name was not revealed in the movie but there are chances it will be revealed in Avengers: Infinity War.
Eternity in the comics is possibly one of the most powerful beings in Marvel universe. It is the personification of the universe and controls everything in it. Star-Lord utters the word Eternity, which many fans have recognized as the cosmic being.
Eternity is referenced in the movie when Ego helps Star-Lord tap into his Celestial power and enables him to see what lies in the universe. Later on in the movie when Star-Lord battles his father, his newly acquired powers help him to go up against his own father who also is a Celestial.
James Gunn’s Parents
Screen Rant reported that director James Gunn gave a small role to his parents in the movie. According to the outlet, when Star-Lord gets access to his Celestial powers, seedlings planted by Ego start to grow into some kind of energy.
An older couple is seen looking at the events unfold. This older couple is actually Gunn’s parents who have also been credited in a hilarious way at the end. They have been credited as Weird old man and Weird old man’s mistress.
According to the aforementioned source, Yondu’s doll is another Easter egg in the sequel. It is the same doll that was seen in Guardians of the Galaxy. When Star-Lord swapped the orb with a fake one, the latter had the doll in it instead of the infinity stone.
The outlet also stated that since Yondu considers himself as Star-Lord’s real father, he chose to keep the doll with him. It would remind him that he raised Star-Lord as a good man.
Box office collection
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the Guardians’ second adventure as they struggle to survive together as a team. The movie is set months after the first one as it also explores Star-Lord’s parentage.
Box office Mojo reported that the movie secured an opening weekend of $145 million and topped the weekend box office.
Guardians of the Galaxy will next be seen in Avengers: Infinity War.
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