WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS FOR GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 AHEAD! ONLY LOOK IF YOU WANT TO KNOW!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which officially opened worldwide this weekend, saw the ragtag gang of misfits gain some new members. While some were assumed based off of the film's trailers - such as Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Yondu (Michael Rooker) - others, such as Nebula (Karen Gillan) might have caught the audience by surprise.
And in the film's final moments, as well as its first post-credit scene, it appeared that another character would be joining the roster, but this time, to fill a void left by another character's demise.
After Yondu sacrificed himself to save Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), the team was left mourning the loss of their friend. Joining them was Kraglin (Sean Gunn), Yondu's right hand man, who had had a significant hand in helping the Guardians throughout the film.
Since both Kraglin and Peter had long histories with Yondu, Peter gave Kraglin Yondu's fin and Yaka Arrow, seemingly as an invitation to join the team. And in the film's first post-credit scene, Kraglin is shown practicing how to use the arrow and fin while on the Guardians' new ship - ultimately hitting Drax (Dave Bautista) in the process.
Does this mean that Kraglin will officially be joining the team as a sort of stand-in for Yondu? It's way too early to tell, but given Gunn's involvement with the franchise, it does feel likely. As it is, Gunn is already portraying one of the current Guardians members, as he performs the on-set motion-capture for Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper). And of course, he is also the brother of the franchise's director, James Gunn.
With all of that in mind, fans can safely expect to see more of the budding fan-favorite Kraglin in some capacity - hopefully as an official member of the team - in future Guardians installments.
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Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 5, 2017.