open/close all folders
Star-Lord is a constructed identity Peter Quill invented to pick up girlsThe, ah, original origin for Quill is that he was bestowed the title of Star-Lord by a mystical cosmic being called the Master of the Sun. However, later on it's revealed that Master of the Sun is an evil space lizard thing named Ragnar. But just suppose Quill made up the whole "Master of the Sun" bit to sound impressive, and what really happened is that he was simply abducted by Ragnar (pretty much his movie origin, with Ragnar replacing Yondu). After all, "chosen by cosmic forces" is more impressive-sounding than "abducted by space-lizard-Fagin".
Star-Lord is a Time-TravellerBendis Star-Lord appears to be younger than D'n'A Star-Lord, and this could be the reason why. It would also explain Star-Lord's Unexplained Recovery after the Thanos Imperative, and the fact that he wore his original costume in Avengers Assemble. Some time after the Thanos Imperative, Rocket and Groot ran into a younger Star-Lord, probaby very soon after his early stories ended, and reformed the Guardians. This Star-Lord went on to appear in Avengers Assemble, and later the third volume of the Guardians. At some point in the future, Star-Lord will travel back in time to a point before Annihilation, and will end-up fighting the Fallen One, landing him in the Kyln and setting up his later appearences.
Drax's body was teleported out of Cancerverse along with the surviving GuardiansAnd he was later resurrected once again, like many times before. This explains how he is still alive after dying in Thanos Imperative. [[WMG: Star-Lord left Nova(Richard Rider) behind in order to escape the Cancerverse.
Malcolm Reynolds with show up in Knowhere as a friend of Star-Lord'sJames Gunn has already confirmed that Nathan Fillion will have a short cameo in the movie, so we can all hope that Marvel will give us a Firefly crossover in the Firefly Spiritual Successor.
Both Nebula and Gamora were raised and trained by ThanosThats the first thought that came to mind when Karen Gillian said Nebula has a complex relationship with Gamora.
An Infinity Gem will appear in the movieThis is very likely since, the Collector appears in The Stinger to Thor: The Dark World and is indeed in possesion of an Infinity Stone (not Gem).
Yondu is The Obi-Wan to PeterMore like Trickster Mentor, but yes, confirmed.
Ronan is just an actor pretending to be RonanBecause, let's face it, this is the new Epileptic Trees/meme for Marvel movies on this site.
The post credit scene will feature Adam WarlockIf you look carefully at the Thor: The Dark World mid-credit scene, you can see what looks like his cocoon in the Collectors collection. The mid-credit scene will feature him hatching for the first time.
Groot will pull a Heroic SacrificeAnd the post credits scene will show his regeneration.
There will be a nod to The Avengers.It'll be quick reference, with the team coming across the wreckage of the Chitauri, maybe salvaging an image of Tony flying the nuke through the portal from whatever equipment survived the blast. That or they pick up one of the boosters that the Mk. 7 jettisoned to send Tony back through the portal.
The backstories of some characters will not be told in the movie.Putting five different backstories in one movie would be hard to pull off, plus it leaves the room for possible spin-offs.
Nova Prime Rael will have a Badass Grandma momentShortly before being killed off by the villains of course.
The team's name is Star-Lord's idea.He's the kind of guy that goes around calling himself Star-Lord. "Guardians of the Galaxy" sounds dramatic enough for his standards.
"Rocky Raccoon" will play over the end credits.Either the original, or Bradley Cooper will record a Rocket-themed cover. It would be a waste of an opportunity otherwise.
The team's name exists in a Stable Time LoopIn the future, a group of people will find historical records mentioning 'Guardians of the Galaxy', and will decide to use the name for themselves. At some point, a member of the team will travel back in time, meet Peter Quill and tell him stories about the Guardians. Quill will like the name and will decide to use it for his own team, the same one that the future Guardians will find in the historical records.
Some one at some point is going to write a Redwall crossover with Guardian.Seriously, one of them is almost exactly like a racoon, it is going to happen.
Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out for a Hero" will play during the film's climax.Because when you're using music from the 80s in a superhero movie, there are some chances you just can't pass up.
Drax will kill Ronan near the end of the movie......and Ronan's dying words will reveal that Drax's daughter is still alive, living among the Kree. This will set up both Moondragon's and Phylla's appearence for possible sequels.
Rocket Raccoon and Sly Cooper are relatedMy logic goes like this. Rocket Raccoon is a raccoon, he is voiced by Bradley Cooper. Sly's last name is Cooper. Sly is raccoon. Therefore Sly is Rocket's ancestor. (Silly as hell but I just had to put it up here)
Peter Quill is from Earth in the 1980sMy guess goes like this: Quill was a kid (possibly a teenager) in the 1980s who through some unfortunate freak accident (possibly related to the Infinity Stone Of Space), is whisked to a distant area of the universe. At first he thought this was awesome, as he'd be able to be a Buck Rogers style hero choosing the name "Star Lord". However, instead he's been stuck on the other side of the galaxy (if not universe), like John Crichton in Farscape for decades, and over the years he's been looking for Infinity Stone of Space so he can get home. The opening of the trailer, where Quill is arrested by Ronan the Accuser, is when he's finding either a clue to the Stone's location, or the stone itself. This also explains why Quill is so protective of the Walkman - it's his last connection to home.
Related to the above, the main Infinity Stone in the film's plot is going to be the Infinity Stone of Space.Jossed. The Tesseract was said to be the space gem by Word of God. Doesn't rule out the chance of this film's stone being the time stone.
The Nova Corps is going to be destroyedAs a show of power, Thanos will have them wiped out, either personally or through one of his minions. The Stinger will reveal that Dey managed to escape as the sole survivor and is heading towards Earth to find help.
The Red Skull will make an appearanceThe Tesseract obviously did something to him at the end of Captain America, and since it is the Space Stone, it may very well have teleported him halfway across the galaxy.
I am Groot.I am Groot. I am Groot. I am Groot. I am Groot. I am Groot.
Groot will have a Crowning Moment of AwesomeLike turning into a giant while yelling I! AM! GROOOOT!
Ronan will be a Generic Doomsday VillainUnfortunately, confirmed. It becomes hard to distinguish him from Malekith at some point.
The Box of Bombs will turn out to be Chekhovs GunsOne of their enemies will be escaping in their ship, and the Guardians will lament that they got away. Then Rocket will pull out a detonator and grin. Kablooey.
Nathan Fillion's cameo will be...
Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel will have cameoesAt some point, they will show up for a few seconds as Xandarians or prisoners or something.
Nathan Fillion will cameo as Cosmo, the Russian Space Dog.Because want people Cosmo, and there are enough rumours of Fillion appearing for it to be plausible.
Lloyd Kaufman is the voice of CosmoJossed, Cosmo doesn't speak in the film.
The Guardians of the Galaxy were a legendary team of heroes centuries ago, led by the original Nova for which the Nova Corps of the present is named.Which is the actual reason Quill's team is met by derision and disdain from the "what a bunch of a-holes" guard, because he sees them as being disrespectful.
Yondu will be a Stealth Mentor for Peter and later the group as a whole.He will also turn out to have been one of the original Guardians.
Drax will kill Ronan at exactly the wrong moment.Similar to the way he killed Thanos in Annihilation.
In gratitude for them saving the galaxy, the Guardians will be rewarded with their blue/red uniforms from the comics◊Admit it, it would be awesome
The 'Kree Emperor'?Normally the empire is overseen by the Supreme Intelligence, a Hive Mind supercomputer comprised of all of Hala's greatest minds. The fact that it's not mentioned, even offhandedly, tells us that the 'Emperor' Nova Prime spoke to near the beginning of the film is probably a functionary of House Fiyero—who ran the empire from around 2001 to 2008/post-Annihilation Conquest, while the Supremor was dead. The sequel, as well as a Mar-Vell future film, could neatly depict the Supremor's return and expulsion of House Fiyero.
Peter Quill and Tony Stark are half brothers.Because both of them specifically landing on '12%' is way too much of a coincidence. Unless, of course, the writers just included it in as an Easter Egg.
About John Stamos...Peter hasn't been back to Earth since the late 80s. He still thinks John Stamos has that Magnificent Full House mullet. Lucky bastard.
Quill and Skye have the same father.Skye has mysterious alien parents and Quill had a mysterious alien father. Maybe he really got around while visiting Earth and they are half-brother and sister.
In the sequel, Mama Quill's mix tapes are going to be plot coupons.Odds are, Star-Lord's dad will factor into the sequel in some way. Either he'll identify Peter as his spawn by the fact that the mix tapes contain all the songs his parents listened to during their brief time together on Earth, or it'll turn out that they're not really audio cassettes, they're alien recording devices that also function as audio cassettes, and contain the map to the McGuffin, or whatever. The Stinger shows Howard The Duck among The Collector's... collection. Therefore, he's an official part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the 1986 film is the first installment in the franchise, not Iron Man.
The first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is SlitherAmong The Collector's... collection is a zombifying slug from Slither. Therefore, in theory at least, it's canon. This would also be some what of a good explanation for a catalyst for the creation and implementation of S.H.E.I.L.D.
The Celestial that Knowhere used to be is Quill's uncle
When The Collector's assistant uses the Infinity Gem Quill and the gang had, what happened to the Aether?The Aether is an Infinity Gem as well, shouldn't it have reacted somehow to the presence of another one? And since the one Quill and the gang had went of and destroyed the area it may have been in, shouldn't that have set it off?
Ronan's army was supplied by the Red King.The movie says they're Sakaaran (shadow people?), and given how much of a cruel bastard the Red King was in the comics it's not all that unlikely to think that he openly or secretly aligned himself with Ronan in order to destabilize the galaxy (or maybe he's also aligned with Thanos).
Loki is Peter's father.I'm going film-universe only here, as I assume Peter's father is an entirely different issue in the comic canon. There are a few points of evidence here:
Howard the Duck will appear in future films as the Collector's assistant.We know that the Collector's lacking an assistant at this point, and, well, we've already established Howard's there. Given the apparent prominence of the Collector in the Thanos stuff, he'll keep showing up... and it's not like anyone's going to greenlight another Howard the Duck movie unless the character gets a LOT of fans in the other MCU films...
Peter's father is a literal angelPeter's mother mentions that he was a pillar of light, and we all know angels are wavelengths of celestial intent, as Supernatural says. I'm also drawing a blank so I can't recall if this is Marvel or Doctor Who, but there was an alien race of bright orbs of light that circled their distant planet who rarely had any contact with anyone that wasn't part of their pantheon.
Peter's father is an Asgardian, but not necessarily LokiLots of the evidence for this is the same as the Loki theory. But in addition, we already know from the Thor films that Odin frowns heavily on interbreeding between Asgardians and non-Asgardians. If this were to happen, then in order for Peter's dad to pick him up without Odin knowing, he wouldn't be able to just use the Bifrost to go and get him. Thus a third party are needed- Yondu and his gang.
Peter's father is StardustWell, Mama Quill said something like he was a angel made of pure light (I forget the exact words). And SD is an alien made of pure light. And since since Big G is owned by the Fantastic Four people, Stardust can sort of represent him as Big Bad in absentia.
Some songs that were on Quill's Awesome Mixtape 2, and could show up in the sequel
When the Guardians join the main Avengers continuity, there will be a huge fight between Black Widow and GamoraBecause tell me that wouldn't be awesome.
Peter's father is Starfox/ErosIt would explain his ladies' man nature and provide an interesting dynamic to his relationship with Thanos.
Peter's father is Adam WarlockDey said it's likely his half-alien physiology is the reason he was able to hold an Infinity Stone for so long without succumbing. And thinking of people who would be exceptionally able to control a Stone, while also fitting Mrs. Quill's "radiant" description...the list is small.
Peter's father is Captain Mar-VellAlthough I really like the Starfox theory, I have to posit this. Captain Marvel is a character who might actually get explored in more depth in the MCU- although not very well known outside of comic fans, he is somewhat important (for dying, but hey, he could die in the movie), has fought Thanos (then again, who hasn't?), and could be active in the 60's alongside movie!Ant-Man.
Peter's father is Starfox, who has used various alternate identities (like Captain Mar-Vell and J'son of Spartax) throughout time to pick up girls in barsEverybody wins!
Yondu is lying about his men wanting to eat Peter.As Peter points out, regular decent folks don't go around eating people, and the Ravagers, while thieves and pirates, don't seem to be in the habit of eating any other sentient humanoid species they come across, let alone one they were specifically contracted to pick up. Yondu made it up as a way of guilting Peter and keeping him line.
Yondu intentionally lets himself get conned.He knew about the multiple spare containers from the briefing and the "don't open it" lines completely gives the scam away to anyone as savvy as him. Yondu realized that possessing the stone, let alone pawning it to someone would be bad news for him and intentionally let Quill get away with it as to not make himself appear weak in front of his crew who just risked their lives for nothing. That's why he ain't even mad at the end.
Humy is a racial slur for Terrans.Rocket refers to Quill as a ďHumyĒ two times in the movie. Both times he uses it derogatorily and Peter is not in a position to hear him. And even at his most pissed off and sarcastic, Rocket still doesnít use the term to Peterís face.
Peter's father is Fandral.Reddish-blond hair, roguish personality, womanizer with a good heart, and Asgardian.
Howard was actually setting up an April Fools prank.Next April 1 Marvel will release an "exclusive trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron." This trailer will, in fact, contain new footage from the movie, as well as original footage not in the movie, but all of them will have been alterred to show Howard as leader of the Avengers.
Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers) will appear in the sequel.Well, she was on the team in the comics, and another female member might be a good idea.
Nova will appear in the sequel.At least the setup for him will appear. Considering the Nova Corp has been drastically reduced from Ronan's assault, it would not be surprising to see the Xandarians creating the traditional armored uniform that allows one to harness the Nova Force to improve their odds against future invasions like the one Ronan led. A possible Sequel Hook could be the armor being lost in space and landing on earth where it will be found by Richard Rider.
The Soul Gem will be seen in the sequel.In the possession of Nebula, who uses it to create Adam Warlock as a weapon to use against Thanos.
Peter's father is a CelestialEven in the comics, nobody knows what a Celestial looks like under their armor, so one could have taken human or light form and impregnated Meredith. If they want to get really twisted it could even be Eson the Searcher, the one seen destroying planets in the hologram.
Peter's father is ThanosBecause it'd be shocking, unexpected, and ironic.
Nebula will be a member of the Masters of Evil in a future appearance.Since she escapes at the end of the film and many of the Infinity Stones seem to end up on Earth, she'll be this film's representative to a big super-villain team-up.
The bloopers will include Ronan accepting the dance offBecause it would be hysterical.
Kevin Bacon will cameo in the next film featuring the Guardians.They will be honored to meet such a renowned hero. He will be confused, but flattered.
Groot really is dead.Yes, we see him regenerate, but we never see Rocket, his closest friend, act with relief when he sees it happen. The sapling is a new Groot, with all the memories and experiences of the old one, but... it's not the same Groot. To Rocket, it's not his friend coming back. It's his child.
Guardians of the Galaxy was the first movie of the Thanos sequenceThe same way Iron Man was the first movie of the Iron Man sequence and so forth. Thanos needs to be introduced if he's going to be the main villain of some later movie, so he will get his own series in which he will be gradually introduced against various heroes. This does mean that the Got G sequence won't be continued. Yes, we know the Guardians are going to return, but we don't know for certain that A) it will be in a sequel movie, or B)it will be the same Guardians we saw this movie 'round (Vance Astro's group could fight Thanos in a later movie.)
Peter's father is J'Son (a.k.a. Jason of Spartax)Because that's who Peter's father is in the comics.
Peter's father is Rocket, who is also an EternalHear me out. Back in 1979, Rocket was an Eternal under a different name (let's call him Kirbi in honor of Jack Kirby) engaged to Sersi of the Eternals. However, his true love was a woman on Earth, who he had a child with. When Sersi found out he had a different wife, she was furious and searched across the universe to find him. Thinking that if Sersi took the child's life instead of him, Kirbi hired Yondu to take Peter from Earth to give to Sersi as a tribute. However, when Yondu took Peter, he found pity on the boy and did not think handing him over to the Eternal to be worth it. When Sersi eventually found Kirbi, Kirbi apologized to a ridiculous extent and told Sersi about his plans to give her Peter to kill. Disgusted by his barbaric recompense, she transformed Kirbi into a raccoon, and, just to put him more into his place, wiped his memories clean. The raccoon was eventually found by Xandarian scientists who took him in for testing, finding that he still had capacity for great intelligence. The cybernetic implants and genetic experimentation was just the scientists unlocking the speech and critical thinking locks Sersi put onto Kirbi. Without any memory of his past life as an Eternal, the raccoon began calling himself Rocket, and the rest is history. This will all be revealed in the finale of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, putting the team in a very awkward position for their third movie, post Avengers 3.
Yondu is Peter's father.Peter's mother says that his father was "an angel". Late in the film, Yondu conspicuously says "I may look like an angelÖ". The flippant way that he and his goon refer to Peter's father toward the end, as well as his reaction to finding the Troll doll, are extra hints. If this is true, then Yondu will probably be a much more important character in the sequel(s), and will almost certainly be revealed to be far more powerful than he initially appeared. That arrow trick can't be something a normal smuggler would discover/invent.
The Sequel will revolve around Nova Corps using the Infinity Stone to create powered armorThe Nova Corps in this film are just space cops, with none of the powers they have in the comics. We already know that another Infinity Stone created advanced armor and weaponry (the Tesseract), and with the significant losses of personnel and equipment, and with a potentially hostile Kree Empire out there, they'll want to rearm quickly. It's a pretty basic temptation, and the Stone has to come into play for the Thanos arc... and the third Avengers film is going to be AFTER Got G 2. Perfect confluence of events.
Deep down inside, Ronan really wanted to dance when Peter was distracting him.Just look at his eyes for a split second during that scene. Down past all the genocidal shit, past all the hate and anger, he wanted to groove deep down in his soul. The same as Gamora, when she saw what Peter was doing. This entire galaxy NEEDS a Kevin Bacon.
Peter's father is Howard the Duck.Well, he's pretty much the only character who no one speculated to be his father yet, might as well throw it in, right?
Gaarthan Saul will return as SupernovaHis apparent death was given special attention and Saul did eventually have an insanity driven heel face turn in the comics.
Peter Quill has never seen FootloosePeter was less than ten years old in 1988, when he was abducted from Earth, and we can assume he has not seen that movie since then. When he describes the film to Gamora, he gets all the details wrong. Peter just knows it's about Kevin Bacon dancing.
Peter's father is StarhawkPeter's dad is described as a being of light; Starhawk fits. He's described as a total asshole; Starhawk fits. He is a legacy character associated with the Guardians of the Galaxy in the comics. His weird temporal nature could be tied to the Time Gem, which otherwise would be really hard to fit into any of the likely movies.
Peter's father is a universe hopping Darth Vader.Hey, they are both owned by Disney. And it makes more sense than Howard the Duck.
Bereet is responsible for the orb that allowed Peter to see a holographic representation of Morag before was destroyed.It's consistent with her comic book history and we know that Quill has slept with women before in the hopes of securing information.
Peter's mom died from an alien STD or because she had sex with a being made of light.Let's be honest, having sex with something described as a being made of light was probably akin to hugging the sun if we take what she was saying literally. Even if it was just a metaphor, coitus with an alien might have had unforeseen side effects.
Peter's father is a Time LordThree guesses as to which one.
Peter is the DoctorBecause, as per the Eighth Doctor, he's half human, on his mother's side. And that ship of his seems to be bigger on the inside...
The Broker, like the Collector, is an Elder of the Universe.That's why he was part of such an important transaction; he's spent millennia building his reputation. But due to the clandestine nature of his chosen profession, the Broker keeps a low profile, unlike the Collector.
The movie takes place in the Large Magellanic CloudWhich is where the Kree homeworld is in the original comics.
Drax's daughter is aliveIt will be revealed that she was taken to be trained and is now one of Thanos' "daughters" like Nebula and Gamora, and has been renamed Moondragon.
Peter's father will reveal himself after beating Peter upAnd Peter will lampshade how it's just like Star Wars.
Thanos is playing an insane Xanatos Gambit with the Infinity StonesThe Collector is working with Thanos directly or indirectly; either Thanos gets enough stones to build the Gauntlet or the Collector does it for him. Either way Thanos wins.
Howard the Duck will have a Max like personalityHe will tag along with the Collector, carry a big gun and ride Cosmo like a horse.
Howard the Duck will get his own movie.It'll begin with him escaping the Collector, and soon finds himself on Earth, crash-landed in Cleveland. Beverly Switzler will be the Secret Keeper, and Thog the Overmaster will be the Big Bad. There'll be one scene where a kid saw him and say "Mommy, look! It's Donald Duck!"
Groot's recovery was due to his exposure to the Infinity Stone's power.
Peter's father is a Vorlon. They appear to all races as literal angels of pure light. Case closed.
The infinity stones are the Elements of Harmony.In the illustrations, the stones have the same colours as the Elements in the series. And the one in Guardians was purple and all about thieves discovering generosity.
I am Groot.I AM Groot. I am GROOT.
Groot's ablities apply to how many are a part of his 'Forest'.Hear me out, we don't know a lot about Floral Colossus and I came up with a theory that Colossus (Colossi?) exist in family units known as Forests, and the more members of the Forest, the better protected the Colossi are, as the connection to each other unlocks abilities that otherwise lie dormant. At the beginning of the movie, we just see his regenerating (probably a default ability that even lone Colossus have) and growing vines that he can use to trap others (an ability that his connection to Rocket grants him). As the film goes on and the group bonds, we see more of Groot's abilities being displayed. Why are they never shown or mentioned before Groot uses them? Because he couldn't use them until he bonded with the other Guardians making them part of his Forest hence his 'We are Groot' comment when he sacrifices himself for the good of his Forest, knowing both that he could regenerate, and that unless he used that final self sacrificing ability, that his Forest would die and he would be alone once more.
When Groot was responding to Peter's "Ark of the Covenant" remark, he was actually trying to tell Peter what it was.But of course, Quill has no idea what Groot was saying at the time and Rocket was in front far enough not to hear it. Since Groot saw that everyone was naturally moving to secure the Infinity Stone over the course of the series, he didn't feel like he needed to speak up on the matter again.
When Quill had to dive-tackling Groot out of the way of Rocket's ship.Groot was actually intending to stop the ship or perhaps didn't care because he knew he was tough enough to survive. Of course, in the span of seconds, Quill couldn't have known that.
Rocket seeing the Ravagers risking their lives is his personal moment where he fully embraces being a hero.This was the first time he'd met the Ravagers. It's not unlikely that he might see them similar to himself - rejects and oddballs stealing and scavanging to survive. To see them sacrifice themselves and to hear Dey and Saal depend on Rocket is the moment Rocket realizes he could be better as 'one of the idiots who live in the galaxy'.
One of the casualties of the Kree-Xandarian wars somehow ended up on Earth.
Thanos was never threatened by RonanHe probably already had at least one of the stones (whether it's the Aether or not doesn't matter here), and could probably use it better than Ronan.
Richard Rider will show up in the sequelHe will be a human who accidentally came in contact with an experimental Nova force trainee who crash-landed on Earth, granting him the power instead. His character arc will be coming to terms with the awesome and troublesome powers he was granted. He will act primarily as a NaÔve Newcomer and Audience Surrogate, and will eventually take responsibility for his powers and become a liason between Earth and the rest of the galaxy. Also, to acknowledge their Bromance from the comics, Peter Quill will act as his Big Brother Mentor. :Sounds a lot like Green Lantern's origin story.
The reason the Guardians could contain the power of the Infinity Stone without blowing up was due to their status as Fire-Forged FriendsThe Stone was not just contained by the physical power of its wielder, but also by the wielder's strength of will. Thus Ronan, through his intense hatred of Xandar, could hold onto the Stone and place it on his hammer. So why were the Guardians able to briefly harness its powers? Their connection had to be similar to the pilots of the Jaegers from Pacific Rim, so as to concentrate their will power towards one purpose. Their connection was already foreshadowed in a previous scene where they were all able to silently communicate that Peter needed to distract Ronan while Rocket prepped the Hadran Enforcer.
The Nova Force does exist ; the Nova Empire just hasn't found a way to empower individuals with it yet.One of the many applications of the Nova Force in the comics is the ability to create force fields. You know, like the one the Nova fighters created for slowing down the Dark Aster. For the moment, the Nova Empire has built receptors that allow their machines to tap in the Nova Force for limited applications, but they're actually trying to refine its use for getting more firepower. And then, some stupid Terran kid named Richard Rider will come along and accidentally absorb the entirety of the Nova Force within himself...
Alternatively, the "empowered" Nova Corps from the comics does exist, but in a different form.In the movieverse, instead of powering up all the corpsmen with the Nova Force, only selected individuals are allowed to harness it, making them a group of elite soldiers used for very specific missions. They didn't appear in the movie because they were "conveniently" on the other side of the galaxy at the moment, and couldn't make it back to Xandar in time.
Peter's dad is an urSkekBecause even though they have no connection to the MCU, it's just funny.
Peter's dad is Duncan MacleodFor three hundred years, he's been a wanderer. Warrior. Lover. Constantly facing other Immortals in combat to the death. Neural anomaly, you say? That would fit in with being immortal except in the case of spinal column severance. His final victory also bears a great resemblance to a Quickening, and he certainly comes out on the right side of exposure to a severed head. Heeere we are, born to be kings, we're the princes of the universe...
The Nova Corps plans to use the OrbThey'll use its power to create the MCU's version of the Nova Force.
The markings on Drax's upper-body have some cultural significanceThe reason Drax is always shirtless is that covering up the markings goes against his people's religious/cultural beliefs.
Peter's father is Elsa
Peter's father is The Silver SurferIncredibly ancient: Check. Made out of light (or a light-reflecting material): Check.
Richard Rider is already part of the Nova CorpsHow else could they know enough about human anatomy to tell if something was an anomaly or not?
The Orb Quill gave the nova Corp also contained a Troll-doll, or is otherwise a decoy.seriously: Quill knows from Gamora and from Ronanís actions that Thanos is looking for the infinity stone, and has the power to casually destroy worlds already. The last think he should do, if he wants to save the galaxy, is give the stone to the Nova Corp because thatís what Thanos is expecting. Itís the first thing Gamora thinks and she blurts it out in front of a bunch of random passersby on Knowhere. He has to hide it, somewhere Thanos wonít think to look for it. he's not going to give the Nova Corp a wepon they can't use when he knows he can use it against Thanos, if needs be. Itís on the Millano, hidden at the bottom of the fridge or in his sock draw or somewhere, and this will be plot significant in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or Avengers 3. Whatís more, Nova Prime may well be in on it: if itís a choice between painting a giant target on Xandar, or letting Thanos rebuild the infinity gauntlet, Nova Prime is possibly the only person willing to make that call.
Groot is a SeedrianThink About it, when he dies, he produces a sapling. He is a tree creature just like Cosmo and the other Seedrians.
Guardians of the Galaxy is set in the Mass Effect UniverseThink about it. Knowhere is a Skull that has acidic blood and flesh. And is mined. It's not a celestial head as they think it is. It's actually the head of the human reaper Shepherd destroyed in Mass Effect 2. Nebula is an Asari, because she is blue skinned and is female. Her adoptive sister Gamora is a Drell, and Ronan is actually a Quarian, but his immune system is well developed unlike other Quarians, which is why he does not have a mask. His helmet says it all. The Collector is, well, a collector in disguise.
Peter Quill's father is Captain Jack HarknessNova Corps said he was "ancient" and they do share a love of Badass Long Coats, making love to multiple species, and both are reformed criminals.
Drax is autisticBased on this and this.
The Guardians of the Galaxy will have a cameo in The Avengers Age of Ultron or a hilarious introduction in Avengers 3
It was not Peter's father who ordered his kidnappingEveryone seems to assume that he arranged for Yondu to fetch Peter, but what if one of his enemies ordered it (pretending to be him) and he spent the last years searching for his lost son?
Groot is a CotatiBecause when you've got 30 years of back story to stitch together in 4-6 hours of movies, some splicing gets done (See Also: every book turned into a movie, ever). It would help explain how the Collector even recognizes Groot (the Kree massacre [almost all] the Cotati in Kree Year One, making intelligent tree people legendary in Kree space) and why he put such a high price on his body; it's also better than a generic race like "Floral Colossus from Planet X" because the Cotati are not just intelligent, they're also telepathic. This would also open the door for Mantis to be the 4th female character.
The troll doll was something Yondu would steal from Peter and vice versa as a child in order to teach him to steal from everyone.So Peter giving it up to Yondu was then also a sort of "You're a better thief than I am, even though I stole the stone" kind of thing.
If Mantis shows up, she will have a Adaptation Species Change much like DraxAs James Gunn mentioned that the female characters showing up in Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 will not come from Earth, she probably won't have the same back story as her comics counterpart. It also helps that she's already green and has antennae, which can easily be explained as being part of her species' physiology.
Drax will gain a Second Love in the sequel.
Noh-Varr will have a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy 2He'll be a young Kree cadet who is interested in meeting the one who killed Ronan. Peter will let him listen to some of his mix-tape. Noh-Varr will then ask if there is any more Terran music like this. Peter will smile and suggest that Noh-Varr visit Earth to find out for himself.
Starlord will die in the sequelLet's face it, not every villain they fight will be as dumb as Ronan. Eventually, they are going to run into a Dangerously Genre Savvy Villain who will just shoot Starlord when he's doing one of his little song and dance routines.
The Guardians will eventually become the bearers of the Infinity Stones.In the comics, in order for them not to be used together again, Adam Warlock split the Infinity Gems between members of his group, The Infinity Watch. Said group already had Drax and Gamora among its members, so if the movies are gonna follow example of the comics, it seems likely that the Guardians will become the Infinity Watch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As for the sixth Infinity Stone, since the movie Thanos appears to be more villainous than the comic book Thanos (who's essentially an Anti-Villain), it seems unlikely that he will get it, so either Warlock keeps it himself, or it will go to a new Guardian introduced in the sequel (possibly Moondragon).
Peter's father is Pepper PottsBecause it makes just as much sense as most of the other theories on this page.
Korath isn't a Kree in this versionHe's a Sakaaran. In the comics, the Sakaarans are split into two subgroups, the grey-skinned Shadow People, and the red-skinned Imperials. It is possible that in the MCU, Korath is a a member of the Imperial subgroup. This could also explain why he lacks blue skin unlike every other Kree seen in the film, why he commands the Sakaaran soldiers, and why his clothing and weapons closely resemble those of the Sakaarans.
More members of the original Guardians of the Galaxy will show up in the sequelJames Gunn has mentioned that he would like to focus more on Yondu in the sequel. That might include his old teammates from the original Guardians of the Galaxy lineup like Major Victory, Martinex, Starhawk, Aleta, Charlie-27, Nikki Gold, etc.
The whole story is really just a tabletop roleplaying campaign.In accordance with traditional roleplaying cliches, You All Meet in a Cell. Groot and Rocket Raccoon are both Min-Maxed Lethal Joke Characters, especially Groot; Rocket is more of an attempt to make a viable character out of an irritable raccoon, but Groot is an obvious case of "my character can only say three words, but he can't be killed". Quill is basically just a self-insert, who looks and acts exactly like his player, but has higher charisma. Drax is played by a Real Man type, who's willing to partake in a certain amount of silliness but when he gets bored decides to phone his nemesis so he can do some fighting. Gamora is The Roleplayer, making a determined effort to play a character who'll actually advance the plot. Nebula is an NPC, and her Healing Factor is a result of Rule Zero: she can't be killed off if the DM doesn't want her to be. The only reason they manage to steal the things they needed in prison in broad daylight is because of some really lucky rolls. More than half the team is Chaotic Neutral.