Director James Gunn has gone on record as saying Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is Yondu’s story as much as it is anybody else’s. He told Sci Fi Now that the blue-skinned Ravager is “honestly one of the stars if not the star of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.”
Let’s just pause right here to issue a SPOILER WARNING before we carry on.
In the film, we not only learn a lot more about Yondu, we also see him – sadly – meet his death. Sorry, but we did warn you about that upcoming spoiler. While we might bemoan the fact that this could mean the end of Yondu’s involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, let’s just stop and consider the fact that this is a comic-book movie. In the world of comics, dead doesn’t always mean dead. You know that, we know that. And that’s exciting.
It means that a return for Yondu isn’t out of the question, and since Gunn loves the character, we asked actor Michael Rooker - who plays Yondu in both Guardians films - whether he’d like to see his character return.
“My mortgage would like to see Yondu come back,” laughs Rooker. “I would personally love to see Yondu come back. Yondu is a great character, cool role. I had fun with it, and yeah, nothing wrong with that. That’s an all-out yes.”
And while Rooker teases that Yondu could come back in the future, it doesn’t have to transpire that he comes back from the dead. A prequel movie could be the answer.
“You know prequels are funny,” says Rooker. “How far back would you have to go? You’d have to get someone else to play Yondu, we don’t have a lot of time for a prequel. This boy ain’t getting any younger! You better start casting tomorrow, man.”
We point out that they de-aged Kurt Russell in GOTG2 – technology they could apply to Rooker.
“Oh, that’s a great idea!” he says.
Watch the interview above.
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' is out now in the UK and hits US screens on May 5.