If you’re reading this then you’ve already seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and like many fans, you have lingering questions about those post-credits scenes. Fear not! James Gunn and the cast are here to break them down and also reveal a sixth scene that ended up on the cutting room floor. Naturally, there are major spoilers ahead if you have not seen the movie yet, so get out while you still can…

Still with us? Okay, so the first scene sees Kraglin inherit Yondu’s prototype fin, of which he needs some practice, to say the least. Sean Gunn revealed his appreciation that his role was further explored and expanded on in the sequel, adding that his brother typically likes to kill him off:

“Kraglin is certainly a survivor,” says Sean, adding that his director brother “was kind to me on this movie. He hasn’t always been kind to me in the past. He’s killed me in a lot of stuff. I was incredibly grateful just to be in the second movie, [especially] when I see my story has more of an arc to it.”

The second scene sees Sylvester Stallone, who plays Stakar Ogord, reunite with his old Ravager buddies. Inspired by the original comic book team of Guardians, the squad consists of the diamond-studded Martinex (Michael Rosenbaum), Charlie-27 (Ving Rhames), Aleta Ogord (Michelle Yeoh), the robot Mainframe (voiced by Miley Cyrus) and the red-skinned Krugarr, who is purely a CGI character at this point. Kevin Feige was asked if their inclusion was just for fun or teased a future story:

“It’s always a bit of both. It’s always, we do it because it’s fun in the moment and it’s fun as a potential sneak of what’s to come. I think all things being equal, I think James and everybody at Marvel would love to see the continued adventures in some aspect, whether it’s a large pat in a future movie or as James just said to somebody else, a Howard the Duck level appearance down the line of any or all of those original guardians. But really the most important immediate thing for us really just to establish and showcase that yes, those original Guardians, though they may never call themselves that in our movie mythology, but they exist.”

A major character called “Adam” was featured promently in the original draft for Vol. 2, but was ultimately cut from the final version. However, he made his long-awaited debut with a teaser by the villainous high priestess Ayesha in the third post-credits scene. The Golden Gladiator’s expanded role was removed by the director after he realized there were already more big egos than the story called for, reveals Gunn:

“I love Adam Warlock. He’s one of my favorite characters. In all truth, I wrote an early treatment where I had Adam Warlock as a part—this is your big scoop, because I don’t think I’ve told anybody this—It was Adam Warlock. He was a big part of the screenplay and I realized it was one character too many. And I adored the character. I adored what we had done with him. I think we did something really creative and unique with Adam Warlock. But it was one character too many and I didn’t want to lose Mantis and Mantis was more organically part of the movie anyway. So I decided to save him for later.”

Seeing as Vol. 2 takes place just months after the events of the first film and four years prior to Infinity War; this leaves us a lot of time for Baby Groot to go through some growing pains. Scene four shows Quill “parenting” an angsty pubescent talking tree as we see Teen Groot rather play video games than clean his room. Vin Diesel explains the evolutional journey of Groot:

“He couldn’t be more naive as Baby Groot. I always think of the Groot that we saw on the first Guardians as a college-level Groot, so he’s not fully grown yet, but he’s a man. And once he sacrifices himself at the end of the movie, now he has to start all over, so to speak, but we’re gonna see this goofy, adorable, baby Groot thing running around the screen and just learning as he goes.”

Recently, Feige confirmed a long-standing fan theory about Stan Lee’s role in the MCU. Gunn says Lee was “overjoyed” by his part in Vol. 2, which featured his cameo midway through the jump gate sequence at a cosmic pit stop talking to none other than The Watchers. The director elaborates on his thoughts behind the final post-credits scene:

“When he first brought up the Watchers in the ’60s, the other writers were making fun of him and thought they were a stupid idea. He was like, ‘I like them,’ and he put them in. So Stan feels particularly redeemed.”

And lastly, the scene that didn’t make it into the final version of the film featured Gef the Ravager (Steve Agee), who appeared to be mortally wounded during Yondu’s arrow assault on the entirety of his Ravagers faction. Apparently, Gef was the lone survivor of the ordeal as the post-credits scene featured a conversation between Mantis and Gamora during which the Ravager painfully cries out, interrupting the Guardians. Gunn explains why the scene didn’t make the cut:

“We realize that Gef has been on the ship the entire time mortally wounded. It ended up being a little confusing.”

For a more thorough explanation of the post-credits scenes and how they set the stage for Vol. 3, check out our breakdown where we speculate even further. Which one was your favorite and how do you think we can expect these teases to play out in Vol. 3?

Source: USA Today, Collider