Although Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 isn’t set to be released until May, we’ve already gotten a decent amount of information regarding the sequel, including the revelation that Star-Lord’s father is none other than Ego the Living Planet. However, with each new bit of information released regarding the highly anticipated sequel, it’s becoming clear just how much more ‘out there’ this film will be. The folks over at Empire Magazine ran a brand new, exclusive piece of concept art, which was designed by the always excellent Andy Park, that sees the original Guardians team taking on a mysterious beast of some kind.

(Click to enlarge.)

While discussing the new piece of art within the group, we all came to the conclusion that given that this features the original gang, as opposed to the crew showcased in the concept art from SDCC, it’s more than likely this scene takes place early on in the film. Perhaps it’s even the opening scene of the film? Either way, it’s an insanely weird, yet fun piece. Plus, how can you not adore Groot in this piece?

Speaking with the folks over at Empire Magazine, director James Gunn briefly commented on the foes the Guardians will be taking on in Vol. 2, indicating that Elizabeth Debicki’s Ayesha will not be the only threat. Along with Ayesha, and apparently crazy space beasts, they’ll also be forced to deal with Chris Sullivan‘s Taserface.

This so-far unnamed space beastie isn’t the only – or, indeed, main – threat the Guardians will be facing in the second volume. Elizabeth Debicki’s alien Ayesha is hungry for vengeance after they stitch her up early in the piece and has an army to help her on that mission. Then there’s Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his Ravagers, still in the picture but, hints director James Gunn, dealing with woes of their own. “There’s a mutiny and Taserface (Chris Sullivan) is a character that leads that,” he reveals.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, which was written/directed by Gunn and is currently in post-production, is set to hit the big screen on May 5th, 2017.

Source: Empire Magazine.