Trigger warning: turn back now if you’ve not seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
We mean it.
You’ve now reached the point of no return.
Guardians of the Galaxy boasts five post-credit scenes – the most for a Marvel film to-date.
So here’s the catch, not all five have huge implications for future Marvel movies and the Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn has confirmed he’ll return to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3). The post-credit scenes are a mixture of jokes and teasers this time around. We’ve saved you a Google by breaking down what they each mean.
1. Whistlin’ Kraglin
Following the heartbreaking death of Yondu (Michael Rooker), Kraglin (Sean Gunn) inherits his fallen pal’s fin and whistle-driven arrow. Kraglin is taking his new toy for a spin when things go wrong and it stabs Drax (Dave Bautista) in the neck. In Vol. 2, it’s established that Yondu and Kraglin become pseudo members of the Guardians of the Galaxy. This scene hints at Kraglin officially becoming a member of the team, which means his role may be beefed up for Vol. 3.
2. Stallone and Co.
In Vol. 2, we discover Yondu has been outcast from the Ravagers because he broke their code by smuggling the children of Ego (Kurt Russell), which included Peter Quill (Chris Pratt). Yondu is redeemed by sacrificing himself to save Peter during the final battle with Ego. At Yondu’s funeral the entire Ravager fleet appears for a giant space funeral. During this scene we see Sylvester Stallone, Michelle Yeoh and Ving Rhames as captains of Ravager ships paying their respects. During the post-credit sequence, the group is seen reuniting, but who are they? They are the original Guardians of the Galaxy who appeared in first line up when the comic debuted in 1969. But you don’t just cast these actors for the sake of one post-credit scene. There’s a chance the old Guardians could go up against the new Guardians in Vol. 3, or even appear together in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2. Gunn has hinted that Stallone’s character would play a much bigger role in future Marvel films, so expect him to return with his buddies.
3. Teen Groot
Not a huge reveal for the Marvel universe, but the appearance of teenage Groot is a great gag and retires the prospect of having to endure another whole film in the company of the adorable, sometimes painfully cute, baby Groot.
4. Adam who?
We meet The Sovereign in Vol. 2, a race of genetically engineered, gold-skinned aliens who come off as losers when they try to take on the Guardians. In this post-credit scene, ruined by the defeat, Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) says she’s working on creating a new weapon and it cuts to a shot of a golden sarcophagus. Ayesha says she’ll call her creation: Adam. She’s referring to Adam Warlock, a character from the comics who dates back to 1967. Adam Warlock is a godlike character in the Marvel universe who has spent time as a member of various superhero teams. He has also fought Thanos several times and features heavily in the comic book run The Infinity Gauntlet saga, which is the inspiration for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2. Adam Warlock plays a vital role in the direction Marvel are heading based on the loose trajectory of plot they take from the comics. Speculation around who will slap on the gold paint for this role will go into overdrive following this reveal.
5. Oh Stan Lee
There are two Lee cameos in Vol. 2 and they save the second one for last. Lee is shown dressed as an astronaut, stranded on a planet talking with a group of aliens. While it’s easy to shrug off this post-credit scene as a funny cameo, the aliens who appear in this scene are important. They are The Watchers, a vastly powerful, ancient extraterrestrial race who eons ago undertook the task of passively observing the phenomena of the universe. The Watchers only appear when major universe changing events are in motion, so it’s not a good sign if they show up. We now know The Watchers are active in the Marvel universe and their appearance signifies something big coming.
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