A few days ago saw new digital art released for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 by artist Andy Park.
The art features the Guardians battling it out with some sort of alien space creature.
James Gunn was asked about the creature during a Facebook Live event and offered details.
"What is the name of the alien monster in the promo art? That's an Abilisk. A multi-dimensional being. The Guardians have been hired to fight him," Gunn said.
Mention of the creature being multi-dimensional is rather interesting as Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson also mentioned dimensions noting that Doctor Strange was the start of the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse and teased "other-dimensional psychotropic violence" for the film. It's also been confirmed that Dormammu, another extra-dimensional being, will be in Doctor Strange.
Fans of the Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning Guardians of the Galaxy 2008 comic book series should also recollect that the Guardians battled extra-dimensional creatures from The Fault and the Cancerverse, which came to a head in Ream of Kings and the highly fan-favorite and critical hit The Thanos Imperative.
It would be pretty cool if Marvel's Phase 3 films with Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War led to Marvel's Phase 4 with The Avengers 4 battling some of those extra-dimensional beings -- or even alternate versions of themselves.
Ant-Man even featured a different dimension of sorts with the Quantum Realm.
Check out Gunn's Facebook Live post below.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 digital concept art of the Guardians battling the alien monster:
Comic book art from DnA's Stellar Marvel COSMIC run:
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" has a May 5, 2017 release starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn. New cast members include Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan and Kurt Russell.
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" continues the team's adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.
James Gunn video: