Marvel will start production on their next Phase Three adventure Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with filming slated to begin in Atlanta next month. There is still very little we know about this sequel so far, including who the main villain may be, since director James Gunn recently revealed he won't comment on any more rumors that have surfaced. Today, we have yet another unconfirmed report which claims that the villain is an obscure Marvel character. There will be potential SPOILERS below, so be sure to read on at your own risk.
The site's unknown sources claim that Ego, the Living Planet will make an appearance in this highly-anticipated adventure. In the comics, Ego was a normal planet who was made sentient by a "space wizard" known as The Stranger. This caused Ego to go out in search of other planets to conquer, where he was eventually stopped by Thor. After Galactus went after Ego, Thor actually came to his defense, and after they defeated Galactus, Thor and Ego made peace, with Ego joining a group known as The Wanderers, who had been displaced after their worlds were destroyed by Galactus. The truce didn't last for long, as Ego consumed The Wanderers, causing Thor to team up with Galactus to take Ego down.
The site mentions that such a bizarre character like Ego wouldn't exactly fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Thor, and the upcoming sequel Thor: Ragnarok, which is mostly set in Asgard. However, a talking planet that can change its shape does fit nicely within the Guardians of the Galaxy realm, and this character even has a connection with the Guardians in the comics. At one point in the more recent comics, Ego hired Rocket Raccoon to get rid of a space lice infestation he had contracted.
It's also worth noting that the Mad Titan himself, Thanos, had once tried to take over Ego, but we already know that Thanos won't be present in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The report claims this character would be perfect as a "cameo, side character, or even a villain," but their sources don't reveal how involved his character is in the story, so he may not actually be the villain. However, with the level of secrecy around this movie, it wouldn't be surprising to learn that he is in fact the Guardians' main nemesis.
We reported last week that Guardians of the Galaxy star Benicio Del Toro won't be reprising his role as The Collector in the sequel, but in the comics, Ego's brother Alter-Ego is held in The Collector's museum. Do you think a talking planet like Ego is too bizarre for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Or do you think he will fit in nicely?