For the longest time, details about Sylvester Stallone’s mystery role in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” have been scarce.
However, thanks to a few selected people who got to watch the film ahead of its premiere, it’s been confirmed that the 70-year-old will appear as a character called Stakar, better known as Starhawk.
Director James Gunn previously teased that although Stallone’s cameo “is not a huge role”, the character will play “a very, very key, important role”. Created by Steve Gerber and Sal Buscema, Starhawk – who is the son of intergalactic heroes, Quasar and Kismet – was first introduced to comic book fans in 1975’s “The Defenders #27”.
An official description from the production notes detailing the history between Stakar/Starhawk and Yondu reads:
“A lifelong respected Ravager, Stakar isn’t fond of Yondu. Sylvester Stallone offers the character’s back story: “Stakar has banished Yondu many years earlier for doing something wrong and he finally sees him almost 20 years later at this particular establishment called Iron Lotus where all of the Ravagers go to blow off steam. And then we have a confrontation which is pretty intense and it’s kind of a father/son type thing and now he’s going to have to pay the piper. His karma has come back 10-fold.”
With Starhawk stepping in, it does result in Yondu’s sudden change of fate. However, fans are curious about the nature of Starhawk’s powers and if he’s destined to team up with the Guardians.
We’ll see how his appearance affects the storyline when “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” opens in cinemas on 27th April.