Published On: Sat, May 30th, 2015

‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ will not feature Kang, Shi’ar says James Gunn

Director James Gunn added some clarification for the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, eliminating two of the rumored villains, explaining the Fox factor.

Gunn ruled out some “big Marvel baddies” for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 during a Facebook Q&A. “Shi’ar and Kang are both owned by Fox,” he said.

Slash Film notes that “Although the Shi’ar and Kang have crossed paths with various MCU characters including Guardians of the Galaxy in the comics, they’re more closely associated with the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, and thus controlled by Fox.”

Guardians of the Galaxy 2008 comic book cover“All decisions about who is in GotG2 were made a long time ago,” Gunn added.

Kang the Conqueror first appears as Kang in 1964 Avengers comic, but he really debuted in a 1963 Fantastic Four comic under the name Pharaoh Rama-Tut. His real name, however, is Nathaniel Richards, and he’s a time-traveling scholar born in 3000 AD. As his name suggests, he’s a distant relative of Reed Richards from the Fantastic Four.

The Shi’ar were originally introduced in a 1976 X-Men comic. Along with the Kree (Ronan’s people) and the Skrulls (who also belong to Fox), they’re one of the three major alien empires in the Marvel comic book universe. They figure prominently into a number of X-Men storylines, including the famous Dark Phoenix saga.

Kang and the Shi’ar, the growing list of characters that will certainly not be in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 include Ronan the Accuser, Captain Marvel, Venom, Gladiator, Bug, Rom: Spaceknight, and Richard Rider a.k.a. Nova, the article concluded.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 opens May 5, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy free comic book day comic book cover

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