Last week we delivered you news that an Italian movie site had accidentally leaked a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 press release that listed Sylvester Stallone as a character called Stakar.
Clever comic fans recognized that name as Stakar Ogord, one of the most notorious Ravagers in the universe and a founding component of the first Guardians of the Galaxy, better known as Starhawk.
Created by Steve Gerber and Sal Buscema, this soaring space adventurer debuted in 1975's The Defenders #27. In the '70s Marvel comics, Starhawk is the son of intergalactic champions, Quasar and Kismet.
A former Reaver of Arcturus adopted by Yondu and imbued with the power of the Hawk God, he was presented as a mercurial member of the initial group of 31st-century a-holes which included Major Victory, Yondu, Martinex and Charlie-27,
With the press tour for James Gunn's supercharged sci-fi sequel ramping up this week, some leaked media material has circulated, revealing some spoilery details about Stallone's character and some history between him and Michael Rooker's Yondu.
Here's a better description of Starhawk and his links to the storyline for the official production notes:
"A lifelong respected Ravager, Stakar isn't fond of Yondu. Sylvester Stallone offers the character's back story: "Stakar has banished Yondu many years earlier for doing something wrong and he finally sees him almost twenty years later at this particular establishment called Iron Lotus where all of the Ravagers go to blow off steam. And then we have a confrontation which is pretty intense and it's kind of a father/son type thing and now he's going to have to pay the piper. His karma has come back ten-fold."
Now that the mystery has been penetrated, that leaves the secret character that Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum will be playing. Many believe it to be Starhawk's dad, Quasar, furthering the father-son theme already established with Star-Lord and Kurt Russell's enigmatic Ego.
How do you feel about Stallone's Starhawk, and are you avoiding spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from this point on, or happy to absorb them all before it arrives on May 5?
(Via Geek Tyrant)