Getting an actor like Sylvester Stallone to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe might have seemed like a long shot – especially for a movie like Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 – but director James Gunn has revealed that Stallone was interested and definitely has a future in the setting. Gunn also notes that he first had to fight to get Michael Rooker to play a character in the previous film.
ComicBook.com took note cast interviews from USA Today and Toronto Sun. The latter interview involved Gunn’s plans for Stallone’s character in the future.
“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. [Marvel Studios boss] 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 [SPOILER] in the future.”
The presence of Stallone’s character is in and of itself a minor spoiler, so we won’t reveal his name here. In the meantime, the former interview concerned Rooker, and he delved into the casting process for the first movie. As it turns out, he wasn’t an incredibly likely choice when Marvel was looking for an actor to play Yondu Udonta.
“I don’t think I was Marvel’s first choice. I’m sure there are many other stars and actors that would have brought in more money. I wasn’t in the room when he was convincing them, but I would bet you my right arm that he had my back in a big way.”
Rooker is currently dancing around his possible involvement with Avengers: Infinity War. Considering that his performance in this movie has been widely praised, it’s not unimaginable to think that he could make another pass around in other Marvel movies.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 blasts off on May 5, 2017. The film stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, and Kurt Russell as Ego. Many of these characters will also make appearances in Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel.