The sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy is currently in theaters in what seems to be everywhere but the US, which releases on May 5. As you may have heard, the film has five post-credit sequences, which we break down here. We're talking about one of them specifically and giving you some insight from the comic books, so we can get a better understanding of what's going on.
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Warning: Spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ahead.
Specifically, we are taking a look at the post-credit sequence involving some very familiar faces. Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone) puts together his own team of Guardians. This team consists of Charlie-27 (Ving Rhames), Aleta Ogord (Michelle Yeoh), Krugarr, and Mainframe (voiced by Miley Cyrus). In the film, all of these characters were members of the Reavers.
These aren't all the original Guardians of the Galaxy team members in the comics. That team consisted of Vance Astro, Charlie-27, Yondu, and Martinex. However, these are all characters that are very much a part of the history and mythos of the team. In addition, the majority of their stories took place in an alternate universe.
Here are the characters we saw in the post-credit sequence and where they come from in the comics.
Stakar Ogord AKA Starhawk
Stallone plays Stakar Ogord, also known as Starhawk. The character first appeared in The Defenders #27 back in 1975. Ogord was adopted by a Reaver named Arcturus. He and his adopted sister Aleta accidentally brought Hawk God to life, and they both gained powers.
He has perceived knowledge of the past and future, and every time he tries to change his timeline, he creates an alternate reality. Starhawk has been reborn into an infant body many times. The comic book version is a bit overpowered, being able to travel faster than light, having super-human strength and a long lifespan, and not aging over the course of 1,000 years. More than likely, the cinematic version won't be as powerful.
Rhames plays Charlie-27, a co-founder of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the 31st century. He first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 in 1969, which was in the introduction of this now iconic team. Charlie worked on gas-mining platforms on Jupiter, but after his people were killed off by the Badoon, he started the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Because Charlie-27 is a genetically engineered human, he has increased strength, stamina, and durability. In addition, because he was created to work on Jupiter, he can withstand greater amounts of pressure and gravity compared to a human being. All of these abilities seem pretty reasonable for the cinematic universe, so if the team returns, Charlie-27 should be similar to his comic book counterpart.
Michelle Yeoh plays Aleta Ogord, the sister of Starhawk. She also had her first appearance in The Defenders #27 back in 1975. After she and her brother woke the Hawk God, all three of them became one being: Starhawk. Aleta spent most of her time in limbo, until later when she was separated into a being of pure light.
Because of this, she can control light and make constructs from it. In addition, she can become intangible. Much like her brother, she also has super-human strength and a long lifespan. For the movies, she may also have her powers dwindled a bit.
Krugarr first appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1 in 1991. He is a Lem, an alien species we don't see much of in the comics. He has ties to Doctor Strange, becoming Strange's apprentice during the 22nd century. Eventually, the alien became Sorcerer Supreme.
He's the alien version of Doctor Strange but--when he reaches his potential--a lot more powerful. Sorcery was just introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the chances of this character having ties to Doctor Strange, if they use Krugarr again, are slim to none. More than likely, he'll just be a regular alien who may have some enhanced abilities.
Finally, there is Mainframe, who is voiced by Cyrus. The character first appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy #5 in 1990. Mainframe is an evolved version of Vision. He became the operating system of an entire planet and controlled the climate. In addition, he also guarded Captain America's shield.
Mainframe isn't a physical being, although we do see holograms of the character in the comics. It's hard to say what the cinematic version of the character will eventually be like, since we only see her briefly during the post-credit sequence, so it's hard to tell if she will have any connection to the current Vision on Earth.