We just got a major MCU reveal thanks to a promo shot for Funko’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 Pint Sized Heroes line. Hidden amongst images of adorable-ized Star Lords, Gamoras, and Groots we also caught a glimpse of one yet to be introduced character. Luckily confused fans were able to turn to Twitter for answers as to who she might be. Ultimate Guardians toy guide, director James Gunn, quickly chimed in to confirm that this is vol. 2’s villain, Ayesha.
Fans can be forgiven for not immediately recognizing the toy as Ayesha, since she seems to have gone through a major redesign on her journey to the big screen. On the page she’s typically dressed in a 80’s-era red leotard. The toy is adorned in a sleek, militaristic uniform with a gold and blue color scheme that’s slightly reminiscent of the the Nova Corps.
Unsurprisingly, this reimagining of Ayesha doesn’t stop at her looks since it appears that the character is also going to have a lot of her backstory left in the dust. In the comics she started life as genetically engineered superhero, created by the same scientists who built Adam Warlock. She was known by a number of different names including “Her” and “Kismit” until coming under the control of super villain Crucible. It was only then that she took up the mantle of Ayesha. But in a Facebook post written shortly after the Guardians panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Gunn explained that the movie’s Ayesha would be “the golden high priestess of a genetically-perfect people called the Sovereign. She’s not a woman to be screwed with – she, and her entire world, are extraordinarily deadly.” He even goes on to say that the character in the comic and the character on screen will be so different that the only thing they may have in common is a name.
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