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Who does Sylvester Stallone play in Guardians of the Galaxy 2? Evidence points to an obscure hero

Remember that news about Sylvester Stallone being cast (opens in new tab) in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (opens in new tab)? If you were wondering whatever happened to that, you're not alone - after all, the movie comes out next month and everyone's still keeping quiet beyond a general acknowledgement that he's in it. But an alleged press release sent to Italian website Movie Book has the answer.

Considering that we haven't seen Stallone in costume yet, it's possible Marvel and director James Gunn want this to be a surprise. So read on if you like, or exit this article now to avoid any potential spoilers. You have been warned.

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In case you can't read Italian, the important bit translates to "Sylvester Stallone in the role of Stakar." In the comics, Stakar (opens in new tab) is an interplanetary, time-traveling hero who also goes by the name Starhawk. In that continuity, Stakar is the son of Kismet, AKA Ayesha.

If that name sounds familiar, it may be because you recognize her as the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 villain (who was revealed via a Funko toy) (opens in new tab). So will Stakar be fighting on the side of good or will he be a bit of a momma's boy? Hopefully we'll get some more official news soon.

Speaking of characters revealed via toys, did you see the Funko figures of Ego, The Living Planet (opens in new tab)? You can also catch a glimpse of Kurt Russell at the tail end of the newest trailer (opens in new tab).

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