While there may not have been a clear cut winner and loser between Warner Bros/DC and Marvel Studios at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Marvel’s panel at the world famous convention did not disappoint, surprising the thousands of fans in attendance with a brand new look at their slate of upcoming properties. Marvel president Kevin Feige unveiled new footage from Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, and even some concept art, pre-viz, raw footage from Thor: Ragnarok, which effectively recharged the fanbase eager for new material.
While the addition of the Hulk in the third Thor adventure has been well-documented for some time, at SDCC Marvel confirmed that the movie would have elements from the “Planet Hulk” run from the comics. Fans have waited to see the Hulk in gladiatorial combat and they will get their wish, along with presumably other elements from the comic book storyline, blended into the plot of Ragnarok.
It seems that Marvel will continue to expand the cosmic side of the MCU, as we and That Hashtag Show have uncovered another possible connection between Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Thor: Ragnarok. Apparently their sources have revealed that the Cotati, an ancient cosmic race from the pages of Marvel Comics, will be making an appearance in Thor’s third solo adventure. (Click above)
The Cotati race is of note because they gave life to Mantis, one of the newest Guardians of the Galaxy, who will be introduced in the sequel next year and is being played by Pom Klementieff. It’s unclear how much her backstory will be explored in the sequel, however the addition of the Cotati also opens up the universe, while also making the cosmic side of the galaxy have more interconnected cohesion. The Cotati are an ancient race of tree-like beings, who once had a humanoid form. It’s unclear if they will have a plant-like appearance, or one closer to that of Mantis in the film, but regardless of looks it’s an intriguing Easter Egg, or perhaps more it opens the door for the character to return in Thor Ragnarok.
In the comics, Mantis is able to commune with plant life and it’s only logical that director and writer James Gunn did not miss this aspect when including her in the sequel to Guardians. From the footage screened a SDCC, it’s clear that Baby Groot will play an important part in the sequel and the addition of Mantis will certainly play a pivotal role in his development and “growth.” Mantis’ telepathic connection is sure to play a significant role in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and getting to see her backstory fleshed out even more (even if only an Easter Egg) should be rewarding.
With the release of Thor Ragnarok, still over a year away, there is surely much more to come on this and much more from the Marvel cinematic universe.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 opens on May 5th, 2017. Thor: Ragnarok opens on November 3rd, 2017.
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