Amidst all the rumours flying around about Guardians of the Galaxy 2, the most intriguing one surrounds the apparent identity of the antagonist our rag-tag bunch of heroes will be facing.
Geek reports that the villain in question could be unlike any seen in a Marvel film before - largely due to the fact he is a sentient world, aptly referred to in the comics as Ego the Talking Planet.
In the comic universe, Ego is a planet who, when granted consciousness by a character known as The Stranger, embarks on a mission to conquer other planets. Unsurprisingly, the renowned Marvel hero most commonly seen encountering the destructive planet is Asgard's very own Thor who attempts to put a stop to the planet's destructive ways.
With Thor: Ragnarok following the sequel, could Guardians 2 be priming Ego for future appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)?
With Star-Lord, Groot and co. rumoured to be present in the next Avengers film Infinity War (which is being split into two parts), it seems Ego could become as key an enemy as Thanos (Josh Brolin) who made his first appearance in Avengers Assemble (2012).
The Guardians of the Galaxy sequel will be written and directed by James Gunn with the film's lead cast - Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon - all down to return also
Following the news of David Bowie's passing, Gunn revealed that the late musician was in talks to make a cameo appearance in the sequel, due out in 2017.