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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Guardians of the Galaxy
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Comics

    Comics 
Star-Lord is a constructed identity Peter Quill invented to pick up girls
The, 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-Traveller
Bendis 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 Guardians
And 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.

Films

    Pre-release theories 

Malcolm Reynolds with show up in Knowhere as a friend of Star-Lord's
James 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.
  • Jossed. Fillion plays a random inmate.

Both Nebula and Gamora were raised and trained by Thanos
Thats the first thought that came to mind when Karen Gillian said Nebula has a complex relationship with Gamora.
  • Confirmed by the prelude comics.

An Infinity Gem will appear in the movie
This 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).
  • The synopsis for the film talks about the Guardians having an object everybody wants, an Infinity Gem seems like a very likely possibility.
    • If not them practically screaming "confirmed" in our faces
  • The stone is likely the orb that Star Lord is stealing in the trailer.
    • Confirmed. It's inside that orb.

Yondu is The Obi-Wan to Peter
More like Trickster Mentor, but yes, confirmed.

Because, let's face it, this is the new Epileptic Trees/meme for Marvel movies on this site.
  • Jossed.

The post credit scene will feature Adam Warlock
If 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.
  • Alternate theory: The orb is the Soul Gem, and he's contained inside it. The Guardians accidentally free him and he joins them.
  • Jossed: The post credit scene features Howard the Duck. ...No, you read that right.
  • But very nearly Confirmed: The post-credits scene also shows the cocoon, which we'd seen again earlier in the film, only in the stinger it's split open, and empty.

Groot will pull a Heroic Sacrifice
And the post credits scene will show his regeneration.
  • Confirmed. He began to regenerate even before the credits though.

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.
  • Confirmed. Ronan meets Thanos in the same place he was shown in The Avengers. The Other who spoke to both Thanos during the credits and Loki during his visit also makes an appearance.

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.
  • At least they won't get into the details. (Gamora in particular) Mostly just flashbacks and throwaway lines.
    • Confirmed. Only Peter's backstory is shown, the rest are revealed through dialogue and Groot is just... there with no real backstory except being friends with Rocket.

Korath is an Anti-Villain and he will pull a brief Heel-Face Turn
I have been thinking the same thing. With Ronan's Adaptational Villainy, they might even turn Korath into an expy of comic!Ronan in future movies.
  • Jossed. He stays with Ronan all the way through.

Nova Prime Rael will have a Badass Grandma moment
Shortly before being killed off by the villains of course.
  • Jossed.

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.
  • Semi-confirmed. He borrows it from Ronan's sarcastic speech about the team.

"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.
  • Or Hooked on a Feeling
    • "Raccooned on a Feeling". I regret nothing.
      • Jossed.

The team's name exists in a Stable Time Loop
In 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.
  • Jossed.

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.
  • Jossed, unfortunately...

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.
  • Jossed.

Rocket Raccoon and Sly Cooper are related
My 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 1980s
My 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.
  • Most of this is actually confirmed. We don't know if that's why he's looking for the orb, or if he even wants to get back to Earth. But he was definitely taken from there when he was around eight, and the Walkman with his mix-tape is his connection to Earth.
    • Confirmed. Peter Quill is Star-Lord, who is a half-human, half-alien son of an evil emperor. He wasn't taken from Earth, he left it intentionally, looking for his absentee alien father. He hasn't been back since the eighties because he's busy and Earth isn't that important to him, aside from having good pop culture (specifically music from the eighties).
    • Peter was abducted, by Yondu. Though it's hinted that this was originally for reasons related to his father.

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.
  • Jossed. Word of God says that the Orb is the Power Stone.

The Nova Corps is going to be destroyed
As 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.
  • Jossed. Lots of the members die, but the organization persists.

The Red Skull will make an appearance
The 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.
  • Jossed.

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 Awesome
Like turning into a giant while yelling I! AM! GROOOOT!
  • More like multiple Moments of Awesome throughout the movie. Though this WMG is among them, it's not the most memorable one.

Ronan will be a Generic Doomsday Villain
Unfortunately, confirmed. It becomes hard to distinguish him from Malekith at some point.

The Box of Bombs will turn out to be Chekhovs Guns
One 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.
  • Jossed.

Nathan Fillion's cameo will be...

Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel will have cameoes
At some point, they will show up for a few seconds as Xandarians or prisoners or something.
  • Jossed.

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.
  • Jossed, he's just a random inmate. In all likelihood, the voice of Cosmo is...

Lloyd Kaufman is the voice of Cosmo
Jossed, 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.
  • Jossed
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.
  • Jossed. At least, not in this movie.

Drax will kill Ronan at exactly the wrong moment.
Similar to the way he killed Thanos in Annihilation.
  • Jossed.

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
  • But Jossed.

    Post-release theories 

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.
  • Bonus points for House Fiyero, if it is them, condoning Ronan's actions. Corruption!

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.
  • Hey, "it's all connected"...

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 first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Howard the Duck
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.
  • I doubt that they would want to make that movie part of the MCU, since it is not very popular. Also, Howard the Duck from this movie looks different from the one seen in the 1986 movie.
    • It's been nearly thirty years, and it's been established that characters in the MCU age (almost) in real time. Besides, considering what happens in the comics, where Beverly eventually leaves him and his record business gets taken over by Reprise, I'd say that the years haven't exactly been kind to him.

The first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Slither
Among 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?
  • Theory: Certain infinity gems have different levels of sensitivity. The Tesseract, while harmful to touch, could be bounced around and picked up by metal without much difficulty. The Aether was only ever violent when it was being threatened. The Purple infinity gem meanwhile seems to be instant death to those handling it. It's possible that the Aether was just knocked off its case, but didn't trigger this time. And eventually, it will be picked up and handed off to Thanos for his mighty gauntlet of power.
  • Another Theory: The Aether wasn't there. We already know that the Collector knows how powerful they are, and that he was given the Aether by Loki... just because the Collector had it at one point doesn't mean he didn't pawn it off to, say, Thanos, or someone else... or just decided to put an artifact of uber destruction somewhere more secure.
  • Besides, the Collector is usually depicted as having multiple little storehouses for his collection. The one on Knowhere was probably not where the Aether was.

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:
  • Peter is said to be half-Terran, half-"ancient". Asgardians are pretty much established in the MCU as being thousands upon thousands of years old.
  • Peter's mother said that his father was kind of heart. Since Peter's mother would've had Peter before Loki went down the crazy wormhole, she likely would've seen him as a slightly cocky but still empathetic god. Peter is also, despite speaking in 80s vernacular that's wholly alien to most of his counterparts, extremely good with words, much like Loki, and manages to pull off some impressive backstabbing, also like Loki.
  • Peter's caretakers neglected to drop Peter off with his father because his father was "a jackass". Trickster God Loki would probably out-troll all of them, yes.
  • While Thor shares a lot of these traits with Loki, only Loki knew of the wormholes to other realms. Unless Thor was asking Heimdall to send him places so he could pick up women, Loki would likely be the only Asgardian who could come to Earth and impregnate a woman. On a related note, Thor couldn't figure out a coat-hanger in Midgard, while Loki is implied to be adept at blending into Earth's populace, and wouldn't have raised the suspicions of anyone near Peter's mother nearly as much as a guy who hurls coffee cups into the ground.
    • Not a bad theory, but one thing they mention is that, while Nova Corps determined that something was up with him, they didn't know what it was. Presumably, Asgardians aren't completely unknown to Nova Corps, but then again, the cosmic weirdness of the Marvel Cosmic stuff could confuse this a bit?
      • Loki isn't really a native to Asgard remember?
    • This may or may not be relevant, but in the original Norse myths (which, granted, neither 616 Marvel nor the MCU stick to much), Loki is not a father. He's a mother, having transformed into a female horse and gave birth to Sleipnir, Odin's steed.
      • Loki is also a father of many monsters in the Norse mythology, including Fenrir and Jormungand.
    • Small problem with this theory: the Collector seems to be familiar with Asgardians and the rest of the Nine Realms. The former is noticeable in the stinger for the Dark World, and the latter is noticeable because he's got a Dark Elf imprisoned in his collection. If he knows about them, it's pretty reasonable to expect that the Nova Corps are familiar with them.
      • It is possible that the Nova Corps are aware of the Asgardians, but that the general isolation of the modern (as in, last couple of millennia) Asgardians and even more so the Jotun means the Nova Corps lacks any known Asgardian or Jotun genetics or neurology to compare with Peter's (they might well have old stuff on record, hence how they know it's ancient, but if they don't know what kind of being it comes from that's not of all that much help in identifying what Peter's father could be).
    • Was it ever said that the Nova Corps know about the Asgardians? Asgard is not in another planet, it's in another dimension, and space faring will not help Xandar to be any closer of knowing about the Asgardians than those savage primitives of the "New Mexico" planet, before an Asgardian was banished among them. The Collector does now, but as an Elder of the Universe, he can get away with it.

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...
  • Considering that movie is older than many of its current fans, and how film franchises are getting rebooted left and right, I'd say there should be zero problems getting a green light for Howard the Duck.

Peter's father is a literal angel
Peter'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.
  • Supernatural isn't exactly the best place to go for specifics on beings in religious mythology.

Peter's father is an Asgardian, but not necessarily Loki
Lots 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 Stardust
Well, 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 Gamora
Because tell me that wouldn't be awesome.
  • My money's on Gamora in that hypothetical. They were both trained as lethal assassins, but she's alien, and she's enhanced, c'mon.

Peter's father is Starfox/Eros
It would explain his ladies' man nature and provide an interesting dynamic to his relationship with Thanos.
  • That, and Yondu calls Peter's father a jackass. Which describes Starfox pretty well.

Peter's father is Adam Warlock
Dey 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.
  • This makes a lot of sense, considering Warlock's strange and changeable physiology and his unique relationship to the Infinity Gems.
  • This would tie Peter to a well-known enemy of Thanos from the comics, who fits the physical description of an angel and has at least some of the selfless traits.

Peter's father is Captain Mar-Vell
Although 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.
  • And don't forget, Mar-Vell was a bitter enemy of Thanos. It's possible he'll at least show up.
  • Mar-Vell was a Kree and was beloved by most of his people. But he was Thanos' Arch-Nemesis alongside Warlock, so it's plausibe.
  • But they said his dad was some race they didn't know about. They would have been able to figure out if he was Kree.

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 bars
Everybody 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.
  • Fandral's hair is straight up blonde (though he could have got the hair from his mother) and the rest of the universe seems to know about Asgardians, judging by the Collectors reaction to Sif and Volstagg.

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.
  • Since Whedon has confirmed four prominent female roles in Age of Ultron, one taken by Natasha, the other by Maria Hill and a third by Wanda, this leaves a space open for Carol Danvers.

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.
  • But Adam seems to already be around, since his cocoon is in the Collector's collection.

Peter's father is a Celestial
Even 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.
  • Well, the comics state that Peter's grandfather is "Emperor Eson". Perhaps he will be his father in the MCU.

Peter's father is Thanos
Because 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 off
Because it would be hysterical.
  • Partially confirmed, as Word of God states that during one take of the scene, Zoe Saldana and Lee Pace accepted Chris Pratt's invitations to dance while the cameras rolled.
  • Totally confirmed, as it has been released and shows Chris Pratt, Lee Pace, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista all dancing. And is hilarious.

He was taken apart multiple times by the people who created him, he's treated either as a monster or an animal by almost everything he meets, and he's pretty clearly traumatized by it all - it's not a big leap to imagine that he tried at one point. Why couldn't he? The scientists digging around in him that were rewiring his brain made it so he can't commit suicide.

Eventually he learned to live with his condition, probably after he met and started working with Groot. After having someone around who treated him like an equal he began to stop lamenting his life. He fell into stride and began to enjoy his existence as a thief.

I'm hooked on a feeling!

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.
  • Alternatively, The new Groot doesn't have the memories of the old one, thus Rocket and the gang will give him/her a seperate name.
    • Groot Jr.

Guardians of the Galaxy was the first movie of the Thanos sequence
The 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.
  • Small problem with this. While he is indeed a jackass, aside from the fact that he's the Emperor of a relatively powerful empire, there's little special about him. He's not ancient and it is very hard to believe that his people would be unknown to the Nova Corps.

Peter's father is Rocket, who is also an Eternal
Hear 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.
  • Small problem. Peter isn't blue and Yondu specifically states that it was a good thing they didn't deliver Peter to his father, describing Peter as 'cargo'.
  • Controlling a Yaka Arrow by whistling is something that all(most) Centaurians are capable of doing.

The Sequel will revolve around Nova Corps using the Infinity Stone to create powered armor
The 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.
  • I can imagine the conversation.
Nova Corps Commander: In the wrong hands these stones have the potential to wipe out entire planets.
Nova Prime': Let's make weapons outta these bitches!
Nova Corps Commander: Best. Idea. Ever.

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 Supernova
His 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 Footloose
Peter 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.
  • As far as I can tell, the only details he got 'wrong' were specifically so he didn't have to explain what a 'movie' is to an alien. Kevin Bacon, a city of people with (metaphorical) sticks up their butts, teaching people that dancing is not bad/evil. Sounds about right to me. Granted I've never seen the movie, but it's a vague outline and it agrees with every synopsis I've read.

Peter's father is Starhawk
Peter'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.
  • And he's powerful.
  • No... Peter IS Starhawk! Raised by Space Pirates slash raiders slash whatever. Strange connection to space. Unknown ability to manipulate energy, at least to the point that he can hold on to an Infinity Stone. If and when the Time Gem becomes relevant there's a chance Peter can meet his older self.

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 Lord
Three guesses as to which one.

Peter is the Doctor
Because, 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.
  • I don't think the Collector was actually called an "Elder of the Universe" here. For all we know, that might not be a concept in this continuity.

The movie takes place in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Which is where the Kree homeworld is in the original comics.

Drax's daughter is alive
It 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.
  • A second viewing of the movie revealed that when Ronan tells Drax, "I was mistaken. I do remember your family", he still doesn't claim responsibility for killing Drax's daughter.

Peter's father will reveal himself after beating Peter up
And Peter will lampshade how it's just like Star Wars.

Thanos is playing an insane Xanatos Gambit with the Infinity Stones
The 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.
  • If he doesn't get a Stone, he knows exactly where they are: the Tesseract is in Asgard (along with the Gauntlet itself), the Aether is with the Collector, the Power Stone is safe with the Nova Corps, etc. When the time is right he's going to strike and take them all.

Howard the Duck will have a Max like personality
He 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
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  • Rocket knew Groot could regenerate, but he didn't think the guy could regenerate from that extent (hence his emphatic protesting to Groot's Heroic Sacrifice). It's possible that when the Guardians were diluting the effects of the Stone through mutual contact, that some of that power flowed into the twig in Rocket's hand and amplified his regenerative abilities.
    • Rocket dropped the twigs he was holding when Ronan blasted him. It wasn't until after the Guardians defeated Ronan that he picked up another one.

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.
  • I am Groot?!
    • I AM GROOT!
      • WE are 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 Ronan
He 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 sequel
He 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 Friends
The 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 urSkek
Because even though they have no connection to the MCU, it's just funny.

Peter's dad is Duncan Macleod
For 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 Orb
They'll use its power to create the MCU's version of the Nova Force.

The markings on Drax's upper-body have some cultural significance
The 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 Surfer
Incredibly ancient: Check. Made out of light (or a light-reflecting material): Check.
  • It won't happen. The right on the Fantastic Four (which include Galactus and Silver Surfer) are owned by Fox.

Richard Rider is already part of the Nova Corps
How 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 Seedrian
Think 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 Universe
Think 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 Harkness
Nova 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 autistic

Based on this and this.
  • It is mentioned that his entire species is like that. That being said, there's nothing that denies the notion that his speech patterns and overall behavior was based off of someone with a spectrum diagnosis.

The Guardians of the Galaxy will have a cameo in The Avengers Age of Ultron or a hilarious introduction in Avengers 3
  • If it is the first, then it will show up as a post-credits scene. Perhaps a shot of the Milano cruising through space while the Guardians are bickering around the dinner table, only to be interrupted by Nova Prime who says the Infinity Gauntlet has been found...
  • If it is the second, one of the Avengers (or Selvig) will comment about life outside of Earth and wonder what strange, fantastical creatures are out there... Gilligan Cut to the Guardians getting drunk and clowning around to Peter's mix-tape!

It was not Peter's father who ordered his kidnapping
Everyone 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 Cotati
Because 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 Drax
As 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 2
He'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 sequel
Let'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 Potts
Because it makes just as much sense as most of the other theories on this page.

Korath isn't a Kree in this version
He'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 sequel
James 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.
  • I've seen another take on this theory where its the Avengers playing a homebrew version of D&D with Bucky as DM who is generous towards Steve (Rocket), Natalia is playing Gamora, Clint's character is Peter (duh), Drax's player is Thor and Bruce Banner (whose only half-playing because he's busy with something else) is Groot, thus why Groot has such a large range of powers and limited vocabulary, DM Bucky is filling in and randomising everything, he's also very lenient towards Steve. Natalia is pissed off in this turn of events because her character Gamora is being one-upped constantly by Steve's Lethal Joke Character Loonie antics.

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