The 12 Best Easter Eggs in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’

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Marvel is no stranger to hiding Easter Eggs in its movies. By including hidden references to other Marvel blockbusters or even giving nods to Star Wars films, the MCU always has a few tricks up its sleeves. Most recently, we’ve been treated to 12 awesome Easter Eggs in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Some may play a role in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while others are just fun surprises the producers were generous enough to throw in…

Here’s a rundown sof 12 hidden references and secret cameos in GotG Vol.2 that only true Marvel fans would have noticed…

1. Stan Lee’s Cameo

Stan Lee, creator of Marvel, has had a cameo in almost every live-action Marvel movie. This time, his appearance was even more of a super-cool Easter Egg as it directly linked to Captain America: Civil War. As Rocket and Yondu spree across space towards Ego, they fly past Stan Lee in a spacesuit who’s sharing his experiences about being a Federal Express agent on Earth to a group of aliens. This references his small cameo in Captain America: Civil War where he played a FedEx guy. Stan really is the man…

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2. Stakar AKA Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone’s character has a rich history within the Marvel Universe. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, he’s simply depicted as Stakar – the leader of the Ravagers. While it was exciting for some to see Mr Stallone star in the movie, it was even more thrilling for die-hard Marvel fans who already knew his comic-book origins.

Stakar, also known as Starhawk is in fact a previous member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy (from the Guardians 3000 run). He isn’t just a smuggler or a thief as GotG Vol.2 narrates; in the comics, Stakar has the ability to generate blasts of energy, heat and light beams as well as fly – here’s to hoping we get to see him in his full superhero form in future movies…

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3. Original Guardians of the Galaxy Clan

Stakar isn’t the only original Guardian that made a cameo in the movie. Believe it or not, the majority of his team – the Ravagers are part of the native squad. Charlie-27, the crystalline Martinex and Aleta are all part of Guardians from the 31st Century (1969’s Marvel Super-Heroes No. 18). Of course, GotG Vol 2 simply featured and re-imagined these characters as members of the Ravagers. Still, it was cool to see these characters in movie form…

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4. Adam Warlock’s Introduction

Get set, Marvel fans – the infamous Adam Warlock has officially been introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you hung around to watch the end credits of GotG Vol 2, you may recall the after-credits scene which showed the golden-coated Ayesha admiring her new creation – a cocoon-looking-pod named Adam that she believes will destroy the Guardians. It looks like we’re about to meet Adam Warlock, one of Marvel’s most infamous heroes and possessors of the Soul Stone. We’re strapped in…

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5. Miley Cyrus’ Cameo

Miley Cyrus was also introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe through Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2! In what way does Miley correlate to Marvel, you may ask? Believe it or not, the singer had an obscure cameo in the movie. Remember when Stakar reunites with his Ravagers gang in one of the post-credit scenes? That robotic head (Mainframe) who says “I’ve missed you guys so much” is voiced by Miley. #Mindblown

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6. The Watchers

Dedicated Marvel fans have already heard of The Watchers. The Watchers are characters that Stan Lee co-created with Jack Kirby. They are described as silent beings who merely observe the events in the Marvel Universe, but never interfere. GotG Vol.2 gave nod to these cosmic Marvel mythos characters in scenes with Stan Lee – one where Rocket and Yondu are jumping across space and another in the post-credit scenes.

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7. Howard the Duck and Cosmo the Spacedog

Remember Howard the Duck from Guardians of the Galaxy? The feathered fella made an appearance in the first movie’s post-credits as part of Collector’s holdings. This time round, Howard the Duck showed up mid-film in what looked like a seedy bar. Howard wasn’t the only character from the Collector’s Collection to return. Cosmo the Spacedog also made a small cameo in one of the film’s post-credits scene to give the Collector a few licks and kisses.

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8. David Hasslehoff

David Hasselhoff made an appearance himself in the film’s final act but that’s not all, folks! The Knight Rider actor also had another hidden role in GotG Vol.2 – once again during the post-creditsIt’s Hasselhoff’s voice singing the post-credit song, “Guardians Inferno”, which was written by James Gunn and composer Tyler Bates. Cool, huh? Peter Quill would be impressed…

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9. Jeff Goldblum’s Cameo

A fun part of watching the credits for GotG Vol.2 was seeing the cast boogie on down to the movie’s soundtrack. We saw Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and even baby Groot busting a move. Most significantly however was Jeff Goldblum’s appearance. The actor made a cameo as his character, Grandmaster from the upcoming Thor movie. Did you see him shaking his thang?

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10. Groot’s Post-Credit Tribute

What’s a post-credit scene without Groot? Sure, we were treated to a funny glimpse of the superhero as a teen but if you looked even closer as the credits rolled, you would have spotted the words “I Am Groot” mixed in with other notorious names.

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11. Pac-Man’s Cameo

At least we know what Peter Quill’s favorite arcade game is! The iconic 80’s character made a small cameo in the movie during Star-Lord’s battle with Ego. When given god-like powers, Star-Lord triumphantly transforms into the beloved video-game character, Pac-Man. 80’s kids were pleased to unexpectedly see a gigantic version of Pac-Man as yet another retro reference in the film…


12. Mary Poppins Shout-Out

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will give fans a new appreciation for the Disney movie, Mary Poppins. Yondu delivers one of the funniest lines in the movie as he descends through a planet using his red arrow – “I’m Mary Poppins y’all” – he shouts. Marvel Studios is owned by Disney so it’s only fair that GotG Vol.2 gave it a shout-out. Plus, the remake hits theaters in 2018 – hopefully with a Yondu cameo…

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True Marvel comic fans would have had no difficulty in hunting these great Easter Eggs down whilst watching the movie. Did we miss any other hidden details in Guardians of the Galaxy 2? Let us know in the comments below…



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Angela Stephanou

Angela Stephanou

As an avid blogger and someone who eats, sleeps and breathes entertainment, I decided to take matters into my own hands and establish a pop culture website. Ever since I can remember, I've been interested in the world of celebrities, have listened to the latest music, and watched the newest movies. My guilty pleasure is watching cheesy reality shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but I’m also a sucker for all things Marvel and DC - two entirely different worlds, I know.

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