James Gunn has cast Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which Marvel Cosmic fans may know of in the comics as Adam Warlock's better half, Her, or Quasar fans may recognize Ayesha as Kismet. Following Kismet, she renamed herself as Ayesha in the pages of Fanastic Four.
With the history lesson over, Comic-Con saw Elizabeth Debicki reveal some plot details for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, as she told io9 the following:
“Ayesha is this leader of the Sovereign people,” explained Debicki. “She enlists the Guardians to help her fight a sort of galactical beast. They’re this sort of ragtag bunch of people but they happen to be very good at getting rid of things and cleaning up the universe, in a way. So she enlists them and it’s all going swimmingly until it all turns very very sour. Let’s just say it goes from amiable to not-so-amiable quite quickly.”
“The wonderful thing about James and the writing in the film is that every character has a really great arc,” she said. “And that’s why I really wanted to play her because she finishes in a very different place than where we first see her. She shifts a lot. How she looks kind of shifts, and I don’t want to give anything away.”
Worth a mention is that Debicki states the look of Ayesha shifts in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, meaning changes. As previously noted, Ayesha went through different names, so maybe Gunn will show Ayesha as her first incarnation of Her.
It's also possible that Gunn could be going a different route with Ayesha in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and she's actually Starhawk. In the comics, Starhawk is at times both a male and a female as the character shifts timelines.
It's also been rumored the original members of the Guardians of the Galaxy (from the 1969 comics) are appearing in the film, so including Starhawk would definitely fit. Another possibility with the use of Ayesha would be the obvious introduction of Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (especially with the oncoming Infinity War).
The Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Comic-Con footage also showed Rocket Raccoon making fun of Ayesha's people, so that may play into the plot as well, and the footage also seems to set up Taserface as having a rather large role.
Further plot details include that Ego the Living Planet is Star-Lord's father.
"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.