Kraglin Obfonteri first appeared as a member of the Yondu Ravager Clan and Udonta’s right-hand man in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The character is portrayed by James Gunn’s brother, Sean Gunn, and since that first appearance, Kraglin has become a fan-favorite character. In the first movie, the character didn’t have a large role, but the second Guardians movie saw Kraglin becoming a more prominent character and one of the candidates to become a Guardians of the Galaxy member. Of course, other events got in the way of the official induction – Yondu’s death, fight against Ego, and ultimately, Thanos’ Snap. Suspiciously, Kraglin was absent from the Avengers: Infinity War movie, which made some fans curious about his whereabouts. The director of the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy, James Gunn, revealed Kraglin’s whereabouts after the Snap and during the five-year period, which we will explain further in the article.
According to James Gunn, Kraglin was well and alive during the Avengers: Infinity War events and was doing “his own thing” with Ravagers as the new leader after Yondu’s death. In Avengers: Endgame, we see Kraglin and his team help in the Battle of Earth, where he is seen leading ships to fight the alternate universe Thanos and his army.
Kraglin has been mostly the supporting character of the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy; however, if the last movie indicates something, it is that the leader of Ravagers might have a more prominent role in the future of MCU. Kraglin was absent during the Infinity War, so let’s see what it was all about. Beware of spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 movie.
Kraglin’s journey in the MCU before Avengers: Infinity War
One of the best parts of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy was his efforts to make the supporting characters interesting. It might help that the director likes to share his thoughts and creative decisions from his movies with the fans on social media, which brings the public more perspective of some characters.
Kraglin Obfonteri is one of them, a character portrayed by Sean Gunn, the director’s brother, who did a really good job of playing the character on our screens. Kraglin’s origin story is quite interesting in the MCU, and his journey starts on planet Xandar where he was born.
He joined the Ravagers and became the so-called first mate of the Yondu Ravager Clan, where he loyally followed the leader of the group, Yondu Udonta. He was present when Yondu kidnapped young Peter Quill from Earth. In the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, he revealed to no other than Kevin Bacon that the young boy loved the actor and was constantly talking about him.
Kraglin also revealed that Yondu destroyed all of the Christmas ornaments, meaning he was well included in Star-Lord’s life before the eventual Star-Lord formed the Guardians of the Galaxy team.
The first Guardians movie sees Kraglin loyal to Yondu, who puts a bounty on Star-Lord, who has stolen the Orb for himself. After they finally catch up to Star-Lord after visiting the Broker, Kraglin, with the rest of the Ravagers, observes the interrogation of their former teammate.
Ravagers eventually join the Guardians to kill Ronan the Accuser, and together go to the movie’s final fight, to Kraglin’s hometown, planet Xandar.
After the deal that will give the Ravagers an Orb, and the ultimate win, the mercenaries departs from Xandar when Kraglin and Yondu discuss the decision on not giving Quill to Ego.
They realize that was a good choice, but only before they realize Star-Lord tricked them again by giving them a fake Orb. In the second Guardians movie, we see Yondu’s Ravagers hired by Ayesha, who wants them to capture Guardians of the Galaxy who have stolen Anulax Batteries.
This is where Kraglin shines since his character turns against Yondu, accusing him of favoring Quill over everyone and even watching some of his teammates die because they stood with Yondu.
Kraglin realizes he made a mistake and decides to help Yondu and Rocket to escape the Eclector ship. The movie’s peak is extremely emotional, where we see Yondu sacrificing himself for Quill and others while Kraglin observes from afar. The man eventually gets Yondu’s famous Yaka Arrow, while Kraglin gives Quill his Zune for the songs.
Yondu’s funeral is held, Ravagers and Kraglin are devastated, and we see the new leader of Yondu’s Ravager Clan travel across the galaxies for new adventures. This leads us to Avengers: Infinity War, where Kraglin was suspiciously absent, so where was he? Let’s find out.
Where was Kraglin during ‘Infinity War’?
Avengers: Infinity War marked the peak of the Infinity Saga, where many MCU superheroes joined forces to defeat Thanos, The Mad Titan. Of course, we saw the infamous Snap occurring and erasing half of the universe’s population, and some of them included the most prominent members of the Avengers.
We saw Groot, Star-Lord, Scarlet Witch, and others deleted from the Earth with a simple Snap, but the hope was still there since other superhero team members stayed alive, and some allies were somewhere in space, waiting for the call to help.
We know all about Captain Marvel and her storyline in Infinity War and Endgame, but some fans noticed the absence of Kraglin and his Ravagers, who were seen moving on after Yondu’s emotional sacrifice that visibly affected the members of the clan.
The movie’s credits suggest that Kraglin was part of the Infinity War, but we never saw the character actually appear in the movie. Of course, James Gunn loves interacting with the fandom on social media, and when asked where Kraglin was during the Infinity War movie, he stated:
Kraglin is still around – don’t worry! He has important stuff to do and all will be eventually revealed (thus has been my top question of the day btw so I’m glad to see you’re keeping him in your hearts!)– James Gunn on Twitter, May 1, 2018
Since then, I don’t recall Gunn actually confirming where Kraglin truly was during the Infinity War, but we can assume that the new leader and his Ravagers were traveling through space “doing their own thing” until they got recalled to join the Battle of Earth.
If you closely look during the famous “Avengers Assemble” scene, you can barely spot Kraglin and his Ravagers entering the fight.
Since the Endgame, we saw Kraglin appearing in Thor: Love & Thunder movie, where he is seen traveling with Guardians of the Galaxy, and finally, in GotG 3, officially becoming a member of the esteemed superhero group leading into a new era of MCU.
Kraglin emerged from a supporting character to a potentially important participant in the Marvel Cinematic Universe future, which only emphasizes how the director of the Guardians movies values the inclusion of minor characters, who eventually have a massive impact on the story.
Kraglin is a great character, and hopefully, we see Sean Gunn featured more in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.