RUMOR: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2′ Villain Revealed?

By January 20, 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Logo & Release Date

I’ll start this off right away with the obligatory spoiler alert – take this with a grain of salt – this is nothing but a rumor – and finally – don’t shoot the messenger, line of writing. It’s fun to speculate. That is all. But until we get rock, solid confirmation from either James Gunn or Disney/Marvel, this just counts as a speculative post.

So in case you enjoy surprises with your movies, here’s a spoiler alert.

Spoiler AlertNot that this report is a huge stretch of the imagination. It makes sense in the Marvel canon AND Guardians. So now, on with the goods…

Over at, via Collider, a report has been issued claiming the villain for Vol 2 has been revealed. It’s far out there, in my humble opinion; it’s a villain I’m not too clear on – mostly because my knowledge of the source material from Guardians of the Galaxy is totally lacking.

For the rest of the fans who know what’s what – here’s the rundown:

Sources close to both and production on the film have told us that a fan favorite from the comic books will be making an appearance in the upcoming film: Ego, the Living Planet, is set to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

Ego_Living_Planet_h1Before I judge a planet by its cover, I trust James Gunn, Marvel, and all the powers that be behind the scenes. And since this is only a rumor as of now, I’ll reserve judgement. But judging by’s commentary in the article, mentions of Ego put (him, it?) in the ‘fan favorite’ category.

For me, a talking planet seems weird on paper. But this is James Gunn we’re talking about here. He made a talking tree work… and a talking raccoon… He made both work so damn well, why not a talking planet? Thinking about it more using Groot and Rocket as a template – doesn’t it seem like Ego, a talking planet, is right up James Gunn’s alley? Like, so ‘up his alley’ he hand picked it for the movie? These are my two cents.

For the uninitiated, like me, here’s some info on the planet in question, thanks to

Ego, in the most retconned of Marvel comic lore, was a regular old planet hanging out in space doing planet things, when the cosmic being known as The Stranger (basically a crazily powerful space wizard) gave it consciousness. In a search for self, Ego set off to conquer other planets, and that’s when Thor, the God of Thunder stepped in to put an end to Ego’s ambitions of conquest. brings out some interesting thoughts in their covering of the back story – this not only can work for Guardians, but it could also tie  in rather nicely with Thor:

At some point, the world eater Galactus took aim at Ego, looking to devour him. Thor returned to Ego, but this time in defense of the giant planet. After defeating Galactus, the two formed a truce and Ego even consented to allowing a group known as The Wanderers, who had been displaced when Galactus destroyed their world, to live on his surface. The truce didn’t last long, though, as Ego broke descended into madness, consuming the Wanderers. Thor returned — this time with Galactus in tow — to defeat Ego once and for all.

In the end, I think it makes a lot of sense in discussing a line of thinking with James Gunn. As I said, I feel like it’s been hand picked by James Gunn himself and see ties to both Guardians Vol 2 and Thor: Ragnarok. We know how much Marvel likes to tie everything together – could Ego be in both movies?

In the end, we will have to wait and see. As I have said throughout this article, this is nothing but a rumor for now. I don’t know how accurate is as far as scoops are concerned (though I do know it’s author, Meredith Placko – host of Marvel Movie News at the Popcorn Talk Network – and Meredith knows her stuff); meantime, let the speculation begin.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Kurt Russell, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. The movie drops May 5th 2017.

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Mark Reilly
Born a geek a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away - Tustin, CA - Reilly is a seasoned writer and producer with over twenty years experience in the film industry. He is the co-host of 'Far, Far Away' here on GeekNation as well as 'Meet the Movie Press' on the Popcorn Talk Network; which airs live every Friday morning at 9am pst. Tweet him at @Reillyaround