Throughout Marvel’s marketing campaign for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – which has been rather impressive so far, we must say – the spotlight has been placed mostly on Baby Groot, and it’s not hard to see why. The adorable little guy has worked his way into the hearts of fans around the world is set to move boatloads of merchandise for the studio. He’s without a doubt going to be one of the biggest highlights of the upcoming sequel and as we inch closer and closer to its release, he continues to take center stage.
The latest piece of promotional material comes in the form of a new cover for Empire’s latest issue which is sure to put a smile on your face, as it sees little Groot playing around with the Vol. 2 mixtape and seemingly enjoying himself while doing so. There isn’t anything revealed here about the film itself, but it’s a great shot and one that those who get their hands on the magazine will get a kick out of.
What’s more revealing, however, is some recent comments that director James Gunn made while being interviewed on The Adam Carolla Show.
“We do have a couple of characters who are very important to the Marvel Universe who are going to make their debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which people don’t know about,” he revealed. “Sylvester Stallone plays one of these characters…my friend Michael Rosenbaum also has a pretty decent movie in the role as well and it sort of works in tandem with Sly’s character.”
If you recall, Rosenbaum was actually linked to a part in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, though it ultimately didn’t pan out. To hear that Gunn managed to get the Smallville actor on board for the sequel then is definitely welcome news, even if we don’t know who he’ll be playing. Of course, speculation has already sprung from the director’s comments, but don’t expect anything to be revealed until May 5th, which is when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will blast into theaters.