Super duper holy cow spoilers. If you do NOT want to know anything at all about the upcoming sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, stop reading right here.
If, however, you want to know all that there is to know about the post credits scenes in the film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, then we will allow you to continue reading.
Here’s the trailer to act as a buffer to keep you from seeing any spoilers you may not want to see.
Okay. If you’re still here, then you obviously want to know all about these scenes, so here we go. We should warn you here, these will not go in order of how they are revealed, but simply by order of how we took our notes.
1. TEENAGE GROOT
If you remember the first Guardians film, then you’ll remember that Groot sacrificed himself to save the rest of the team from Ronan’s ship, The Black Aster, as it crashed to the surface of Xandar. However, that was not the end of Groot due to Rocket saving a twig of his friend and planting it in soil, only for Groot to be reborn. As such, all throughout this film, Groot is a baby; hence the name Baby Groot. He does all the things a tiny toddler would do, including needing to be picked up, coddled, watched after and wanting the attention of his family. And all of it is adorable.
However, during the credits we see an older Groot, this time as a teenager, staying in “his room” and playing video games. His room is a mess, covered in roots and leaves that he’s just left lying around. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) enters the room and yells at him to clean the place up and stop wasting his talents stuck playing video games. Groot, the whole time, can only say “I am Groot,” but he says it with so much teen angst you can almost swear you know what he’s saying.
What makes this fun, and possibly poignant, is the gap in time between this movie and Avengers: Infinity War. This film, Guardians Vol.2, takes place in 2014, just a couple months after the events of the first film, so the Infinity War film in 2018 will take place four years after the fact. It’s entirely possible that this scene with angsty Groot takes place a couple years after the fact.
2. STAN LEE AND THE WATCHERS
You remember that spoiler warning, right? Okay, just wanna make sure, because this is a big one. In the middle of the movie as Rocket, Baby Groot, Yondu (Michael Rooker)and Kraglin (Sean Gunn) jump from planet to planet, they come across a surface where we see Stan Lee in a space suit talking to three mysterious figures that are quickly revealed to be none other than The Watchers — mysterious beings tasked with observing all in the universe and recording the history and knowledge gained.
In the specific post-credits scene, which is what we are here to discuss, we see The Watchers leaving Stan the Man, having heard all of the knowledge they need to from him. Due to rights issues, it’s almost a certainty that we’ll never ever see Uatu, the Watcher of Earth, though it is fun to theorize that Stan Lee actually is that Watcher, just in human form.
3. THE OG GUARDIANS
This is possibly one of the biggest, most exciting reveals of the entire film. At the very end of the film, the warring Ravagers factions all come together for an event that we refuse to mention to you here. We know we’ve warned you about spoilers and you’re all in for our talk here, but there are some things we just refuse to put down into writing. Rest assured, an event brings the warring factions together for the first time in a long time.
And just who are those warring factions composed of? The original Guardians of the Galaxy, some of them from the 1969 team and a couple others from the 1990’s run in their first title. You’ve heard rumors already that Sylvester Stallone is playing Stakar Ogord, a.k.a. Starhawk — those rumors are true. Starhawk is one of the original Guardians of the Galaxy, joining their team soon after their creation. However, what you may not have heard yet is that the whole team is now back together and happy for the reunion. Other than Stakar Ogord there is also his step-sister Aleta, as played by Michelle Yeoh, and their other teammates of Martinex (Michael Rosenbaum), Charlie-27 (Ving Rhames), Krugarr and Mainframe, voiced by Miley Cyrus.
We’ve heard from James Gunn that Stallone and his crew will play a vital role in the Marvel Cosmic Universe moving forward, and we can imagine that that means we’ll see the original team in some capacity showing up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Between this scene and the OG Guardians scene, it’s hard to say which is the bigger, more exciting reveal — that said, this is tremendously exciting.
Ayesha (Elizabeth Debecki) has learned to hate the Guardians of the Galaxy as they have, in her mind, slighted her; hence, she wants revenge on them and has started an experiment of her own to create the next stage in evolution for her species. As she looks lovingly at the cocoon before her, she says she’s decided to name her creation — Adam.
Why is Adam so important? Because Ayesha is creating Adam Warlock. In the comics, a group of scientists on Earth called The Enclave created a genetically perfect being. Though he was initially referred to simply as “Him,” he eventually took the name of Adam Warlock and became one of the most important characters in the Marvel Cosmic Universe. He’s fought against Thanos, wielded the Infinity Gauntlet, set beings free from the Soul Stone and kept watch over all its constituent pieces. He’s also been a vital member of the Guardians team, wielding a power they refer to as Quantum Magic
In the comics, Ayesha was actually created to be Warlock’s perfect genetic match and was initially simply known as “Her,” before she took off on her own. Obviously, the film took some creative license with their origins, choosing instead to make them an entire race of artificially created beings who’s purpose is genetic superiority.
Finally, and this is a big finally, seriously if you don’t wanna know the biggest spoiler of this movie at all, stop reading here. The scene itself is not a big reveal or spoiler, but the reason for its existence is.
Okay. Kraglin shoots Drax in the neck with Yondu Udonta’s whistle-arrow. And why does he do this? Because he’s now grafted Yondu’s mohawk onto his own head and is now training himself how to use it. Obviously, he’s not quite got the hang of it yet.
Look for Jeff Goldblum in the end credits playing the role of The Grandmaster.