We all know that the Guardians of the Galaxy movies are known for having cameo appearances from certain characters and actors that fans are familiar with. However, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 stepped things up by bringing in more cameos that certainly delighted many fans the moment they saw these people. Of course, some of the names that we are going to mention are quite familiar to a lot of fans of movies and television shows out there.
However, the cameo appearances in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 contributed to the storyline (except for one character). That is why these cameos didn’t seem forced, as they all happened naturally and were consistent with the flow of the movie’s storyline. So, with that said, let’s look at the most important cameo appearances in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Ogord
We first met Sylvester Stallone’s Stakar Ogord in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when he made it clear that all of the other Ravagers had exiled Yondu Udonta and his Ravager faction. Of course, Stakar was the leader of the United Ravagers and was the man calling the shots for them. However, they all gave Yondu a Ravager’s funeral at the end of Vol. 2 when they discovered that Yondu died a hero.
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Stakar makes another appearance when he and the other Ravagers board the ship of the Guardians when they are on their way to the Orgoscope to infiltrate it. It was revealed that Nebula had contacted the Ravagers through Gamora, who had become one of them. Stakar was the one that briefed the Guardians on what they had to do to infiltrate Orgoscope and obtain the data they needed to save Rocket’s life.
Jennifer Holland, as the Security Desk Worker
Many people would be familiar with Jennifer Holland in her role as Emilia Harcourt in the James Gunn-directed Suicide Squad and Peacemaker in the DCEU. That means she is no stranger to superhero movies, as she has seen her fair share of roles in the DCEU. Of course, some people might not know that Jennifer Holland is actually James Gunn’s wife. They got married back in 2022 after dating for years.
Jennifer Holland’s character in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is yet to be named, but she is the security desk personnel working for the Orgoscope. She was the one that detected the anomaly in the Orgoscope when the Guardians infiltrated it. After that, she was the first to realize that the Guardians were the ones that were responsible for the security breach. However, her leg was shot during the action scene involving the Guardians and the Orgoscope guards.
Nathan Fillion as Master Karja
Nathan Fillion is not a stranger to sci-fi productions set in space, as he starred in the Firefly series in the early 2000s. He also had a chance to work with James Gunn in a small cameo role back in the 2021 Suicide Squad film that Gunn directed. Fillion played the Detachable Kid (TDK) role in that movie. That means that he is like Holland because he also worked with Gunn in the past.
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Nathan Fillion played the role of Master Karja, the head of the guards of the Orgoscope. He had a comedic personality focused on how he often picked on one of his dumber underlings. Karja ended up fighting the Guardians when he found out that they were the ones that infiltrated the Orgoscope. He and the other sentries lost that fight when Peter Quill messed with their suits’ gravitational device.
Seth Green as Howard the Duck
Howard the Duck is one of the most obscure Marvel characters ever because he has a weird backstory. Nevertheless, this wasn’t the first time we saw Howard the Duck as we first saw him in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie in a small cameo appearance wherein he was one of the creatures in the collection of the Collector.
Played by Seth Green, Howard the Duck made his MCU return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 when he was on Knowhere playing cards with the other members of the Guardians. He had a small role in that scene as the scene focused more on Cosmo the Spacedog and the fact that she was still trying to convince Kraglin to take back what he said when he called her a bad dog.
Michael Rooker as Yondu
We can never forget Michael Rooker’s masterful portrayal of Yondu Udonta, the Ravager that kidnapped Peter Quill and took him in as one of their own after he found out all the other children that he abducted for Ego were killed. While he may seem like a person that’s rough around the edges because he tends to have that anti-hero persona, he cares a lot for his men and was a true father to Peter. And we saw him sacrificing his life to save Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
While Yondu didn’t actually return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Michael Rooker’s character appeared in a cameo wherein he was a vision that inspired Kraglin. That was when the Hellspawn of the High Evolutionary were attacking the people of Knowhere. As such, Kraglin saw Yondu in a vision and was inspired to finally master using Yondu’s arrow to save everyone on Knowhere. This vision of Yondu telling Kraglin to use the arrow from the heart saved the people of Knowhere from the menacing Hellspawn unleashed on the base of the Guardians.