James Gunn's upcoming third Guardians of the Galaxy film released a new teaser featuring Sylvester Stallone's returning character, offering fans a sneak peek of what's to come.
In the previous installment, Stallone played the role of Stakar Ogord, one of Yondu's original teammates.
The Hollywood legend confirmed his return to the franchise via social media back in November 2021, sharing an image of himself undergoing a 3D facial scan session. Shortly thereafter, he posted another photo of himself in full costume, which has since been deleted.
Sylvester Stallone Returns to the MCU
In the brief new footage, audiences get their first look at Sylvester Stallone's Stakar Ogord, who first appeared in Vol. 2.
There is more to the new footage than just a quick look at Sylvester Stallone's character.
In the teaser, there is also a shot of what appears to be the ship of the High Evolutionary breaking through the surface of a vast body of water.
The big bad himself, played by Chukwudi Ewuji, also gets his moment to shine as he violently powers up.
Viewers even get to see Nathan Fillion's cameo—of which zero context is offered.
The full trailer can be seen below:
What Will Stakar Ogord's Role Be in Guardians 3?
It's hard to know what Sylvester Stallone's character might be up to this time around.
While one might look to the comics for inspiration, the MCU's take on the character has little in common with the more abstract and high-concept version of the original hero.
If Stakar is back, there's a good chance the rest of his teammates will follow: Ving Rhames' Charlie-27, Michelle Yeoh's Aleta Ogord, Michael Rosenbaum's Martinex, Miley Cryus' Mainframe, and Krugarr. After all, the High Evolutionary looks like he'll be quite the challenge—perhaps the Guardians of the Galaxy need a little backup.
Maybe some members of Yondu's original gang will be reintegrated into a new iteration of the titular team by the time the movie comes to a close.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 lands in theaters on Friday, May 5.