In an exciting update for Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, follow up to the 2014 smash hit about a group of unlikely space heroes, THR reports that relative newcomer Pom Klementieff has joined the cast of the 2017 sequel. While the actresses’ role has gone unannounced, the inclusion is reportedly a major one. Marvel, who conducted a wide search for the mystery part, specifically sought an Asian actress. Actresses were subject to several rounds of chemistry reads, presumably with the other members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and Drax (Dave Bautista). (I doubt anyone had to undergo chemistry reads with Vin Diesel’s Groot).

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Two Marvel Comics characters that come to mind for the mystery role are Mantis and Moondragon (pictured below), two characters associated with the Guardians of the Galaxy in the comic books. While Pom Klementieff will be joining the highly anticipated superhero sequel, we know someone who won’t be joining the merry band of intergalactic A-holes on their next adventure: Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey. The Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective actor reportedly passed on the lead villain role, Variety reports, though no explanation was given on why McConaughey declined.

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While McConaughey passed, the actor has previously stated that he would be open to starring in a comic book film – if the story and character are right. “I’ve read some Marvel and DC scripts,” said the Texas native. “I’ve talked about working with them on some scripts. Nothing has been right for me yet. But I’m sure open to it. It’s very simple for me. I look at the script. It starts with the story and character.” Clearly the role of lead villain in Vol 2. wasn’t right for the actor, but it will be interesting to see whether McConaughey ends up joining the Marvel or DC Cinematic Universe. It was previously rumored that McConaughey was desired for the villainous Norman Osborn role in Marvel’s 2017 Spider-Man movie, but nothing much has come of that stale circulation. With production underway in Georgia, look to more Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 news – especially the casting of its lead villain – arriving soon.

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Meanwhile, while making the press rounds for Spotlight, Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo spoke briefly with the Daily News about the much-asked-about Thor: Ragnarok. Shortly after Hulk was rumored to be involved with the third Thor film, the green goliath’s involvement was then confirmed, with Ruffalo speaking openly about the upcoming film, which also releases in 2017. After we found out Ragnarok would carry an “apocalyptic vibe” and that Hulk and Thor would be going on a “cosmic road trip” together, many questions have been posed about the latest Marvel team up! After Thor and Hulk’s battle on the Helicarrier in 2012’s The Avengers was interrupted, many want to know: when are we going to see a rematch?

“I don’t know that much about it, but I think it’s going to be a buddy picture with Thor and Bruce Banner,” said Ruffalo, before revealing that, “They’ll probably fight. There’s no doubt, everyone wants us to fight at one point.” When prompted for more details, Ruffalo replied: “I know that it’s about (the Norse legends of) Ragnarok, or the end times in the Marvel universe as it pertains to Thor – which seems to be quite the theme these days in movies.”

Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins. What We Do in the Shadows‘ Taika Waititi will direct, with the film set to arrive on November 3, 2017.

Finally, we have a rumor for Captain America: Civil War which comes with a possible spoiler warning. As the official concept art revealed in August, the good Captain’s team will consist of Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Meanwhile, the heavy-hitting team of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) will feature Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Vision (Paul Bettany).

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A member of Stark’s team will reportedly defect, switching sides and joining up with Captain America. Who will become disillusioned with Iron Man? None other than the newly-birthed Vision! After his debut in this Summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, we learned that Vision is, essentially, pure of heart. As a “newborn,” Vision has a lot of learning to do, despite his advanced understanding of the world. And in spite of his personal relationship to Tony Stark, Vision just may learn that he’s on the wrong side of this conflict – causing him to instead choose to fight for Cap’s cause.

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The Marvel Universe goes to war on May 6, 2016.

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