USA Today has posted new images of a key character in James Gunn‘s "Guardians of the Galaxy" that many comic fans having been asking about - Yondu.
MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD
In the film, when Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) was a young boy on Earth he endured a tragedy. He was then taken off his home planet by Yondu (Michael Rooker) who became the kid's surrogate father figure.
Yondu raises Peter alongside the space biker gang the Ravagers. He and Yondu scheme to steal a mystical and powerful orb which Peter grabs and decides to go off with on his own - setting off the events in the movie.
As a result not only is the film's villain Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) seeking the orb for his master Thanos, but Yondu and the Ravagers are also after Peter and the rest of the so-called 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.
The character doesn't have either the red loincloth or giant head fin of his comic counter part, though Rooker does sport a smaller mohawk shaped metallic prosthetic made to look as if it's erupting from his head.
In other 'Guardians' news, James Gunn tells Moviefone that the upcoming film boasts a "ton" of Marvel references, in fact there's around four times as many in here as there are in any previous Marvel movie"
"I actually have to clear everything with legal. We put in little things like graffiti on the walls and stuff like that. There's a ton of characters from the comics in this movie, in little tiny roles. But we have to clear everything with legal because once I use their name then I'm screwed in that scene or whatever. We have just tons of reference to Marvel Cosmic throughout the movie. And I'm certain probably the most Marvel comics characters ever in one movie."