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This article is going to be fairly brief. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 includes no less than five post-credits scenes, all of which contribute something to our understanding of where the MCU is going to go in the future, particularly as things start turning in a more cosmic direction. In this article I will look at the five post-credits scenes (something that’s already been done a few times) and what they may mean for both Avengers: Infinity War and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as well as any other upcoming cosmic adventures.
Obviously there are spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Scene One: Kraglin Practicing
Summary: Kraglin now has Yondu’s fin and arrow and is practicing with the arrow when it shoots off and hits Drax.
Future: It seems like a safe bet that Kraglin’s role in the franchise is far from over (even if Drax at this moment would like to practice his “Destroying” on him). It’s a good guess that Kraglin will at least appear in 1 of the 2 upcoming movies (Infinity War or GotG3) as a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, taking Yondu’s now-vacate place on the roster.
Scene Two: Stakar and the “Original Guardians of the Galaxy”
Summary: Stakar Ogord, the Ravager leader who previously banished Yondu, reunites with his old teammates (Martinex, Charlie-27, Aleta Orgord, Krugarr, and Mainframe) and, inspired by Yondu’s sacrifice, decide to work together again and “steal some stuff.”
Future: James Gunn has confirmed that this team is going to return in future films, but he didn’t exactly say when. I doubt that the original Guardians of the Galaxy (who may never use that name) will appear in Avengers: Infinity War, but it’s likely that they will be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. In fact, if Marvel does something crazy like kill off Star Lord’s team in Avengers: Infinity War, Stakar’s team could be the focus of Vol. 3. I’m planning to talk more about this team next week, so we will delve into their possible future much more at that point.
Scene Three: Adolescent Groot
Summary: Peter comes into Groot’s room and gets upset with him for not cleaning it, and Groot acts like a typical pre-teen/teenager in ignoring him.
Future: This doesn’t say much, including how long it takes for Groot to age to this point. However, since this movie takes place in 2014 and Avengers: Infinity War will (likely) occur in 2018, it’s not a bad guess that Groot will have aged considerably in that time. I suspect that Baby Groot is done (at least barring any future sacrifices) and we will get Tween Groot in Avengers: Infinity War.
Scene Four: Ayesha Introduces Adam
Summary: The Sovereign Elders are upset with Ayesha’s waste of Sovereign resources in pursuing the Guardians of the Galaxy. However, Ayesha reveals that she has completed work on a new type of genetically-engineered person: she names him “Adam.”
Future: Obviously, “Adam” is “Adam Warlock,” who is the keeper of the Soul Stone in the comics. It has already been confirmed that he will not appear in Avengers: Infinity War, but it is just about certain that Adam will be a major factor in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. My guess is that he will begin as an antagonist, but will eventually turn and join the Guardians in saving the galaxy.
Season Five: The Watchers Ditch Stan the Man
Summary: The Watchers get up to leave, and Stan Lee is left sitting on the asteroid without a ride home.
Future: This really isn’t setting up anything for the MCU’s future. Obviously this movie establishes that not only do the Watchers exist but Stan Lee’s cameos are all connected together. It could be acknowledged in some future movie that Stan Lee is an agent of the Watchers, but it doesn’t have to be.
It is incredible just how much world-building and future-teasing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was able to accomplish even while telling a very strong story. It sets up elements for Avengers: Infinity War and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as well as hinting at other possible developments on the cosmic side of the MCU. I will talk about all of those things in the next couple weeks, but for now, how many times have you seen this movie? Which is your favorite post-credits scene? Let me know in the comments!