Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’s James Gunn dishes on Sylvester Stallone

James Gunn discusses Sylvester Stallone’s role and why the trailers are so spoiler-free

Guardians Of The Galaxy is very good at trailers. With each new look at Vol. 2, we’ve become more hyped while also somehow feeling like we know even less about the film’s plot. That’s the mark of a good preview: you want to be excited without really knowing what you’re excited for. Trailers are sacred, and even the smallest plot point reveal can leave a bitter taste in your mouth.

The success of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 badass trailers come down to one thing: according to James Gunn, almost all the footage featured was taken from the first 15 minutes of the film.

“We worked really hard to create a series of trailers that don’t give away much of what’s in the movie,” Gunn says. “It’s been very, very difficult because almost every single thing you see in the trailers… is from the first 15 minutes of the film. Oh yeah, almost all of them.”

Gunn admits that keeping the trailers spoiler-free can by quite a difficult task. “It’s hard!” he said. “The move takes a lot of twists and turns, and you talk a couple of steps into that and all of a sudden you’ve given away too much. But you want to sell the movie, and you want people to come and see it, so it’s hard.”

Alongside major plot points, something else rather massive has been missing from the Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 trailers: Sylvester Stallone. There’s less than a month to go until the film’s release and we still don’t know who exactly he’s playing. However, Gunn has weighed in on the subject, leaving some cryptic clues.

“Sylvester Stallone is a very important character,” he tells us. “He’s primarily a very important character to Yondu, played by Michael Rooker, who is honestly one of the stars if not the star of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Vol. 2 is as much Yondu’s story as it is anybody else’s and so his relationship to Sylvester Stallone, which in a way is another sort of fatherly relationship, is a part of the overall story.

“I love [Stallone]! I had such fun with him on set, and he’s a really great guy, being somebody that, to me, was a true icon, like no actor I’ve ever worked with before, and it was a lot of fun and a surreal experience.”

Marvel is yet to officially announce Stallone’s role in the film, but Italian site Movies Book seems to think that he’ll be playing a character called Stakar. However, the only Stakar in the Marvel Comics canon, Stakar Ogord, doesn’t have all that much to do with Yondu. Either Movies Book is off the money this time, or the character has been adapted for the film. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is in UK cinemas from 28 April. Get a behind the scenes look at the film with the new issue of SciFiNow.