Part of the fun of these mega-spectacle superhero movies is speculating on what comic book character might pop up in a cameo when the lights go down. We recently reported that Sylvester Stallone would be making an appearance in James Gunn's raucous space sequel, along with Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum, in a "significant role," but the secret shroud over which superhero it was remained securely fastened.
"We do have a couple of characters who are very important to the Marvel Universe who are going to make their debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which people don't know about," Gunn told Adam Corolla. "Sylvester Stallone plays one of these characters ... my friend Michael Rosenbaum also has a pretty decent role in the movie as well and it sort of works in tandem with Sly's character."
Now, thanks to a tweeted international press release from Italian entertainment site, Moviesbook, we believe that mystery might be over. According to the promotional document that contained the entire cast list, the name Stakar accompanies Stallone's name and that most certainly is the spacefaring hero and original Guardians of the Galaxy member, Stakar Ogord ... aka Starhawk!
The likelihood of Stallone playing Starhawk is further amplified when Gunn's comments on this next installment introducing one of his favorite characters are added in, especially since it's well-known that he has a particular affection for the antihero crusader imbued with the powers of the Hawk God. Starhawk was created by Steve Gerber and Sal Buscema and first appeared in The Defenders #27 from 1975
In the '70s comics, Starhawk was an adopted Reaver and part of the first group of intergalactic a-holes which included Major Vance, Yondu, Martinex and Charlie-27, either of which (except Yondu) could be the Michael Rosenbaum role that "works in tandem with Sly's character." It's also interesting to note that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's initial production title was Guardians 3000, an excellent 2014 comic book series written by Dan Abnett that contained this original 31st century lineup.
What do you think of Sly Stallone playing Starhawk and who do you hope his evil-fighting partner might be?
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 lands in theaters on May 5.