The name Brahl will no doubt mean something to long-term Guardians fans; appearing in the original comic book series sporadically across the 1970s and ’80s, he was a member of the descriptively evil group Minions of Menace, nemeses of the original Guardians team.
The design of comic book Brahl is a bit different to what we see here – there he was a black figure with impressive eyebrows – but the original movie wasn’t all that accurate to the team’s comic legacy either (taking basic character ideas rather than specifics), so that’s hardly surprising. In fact, this Brahl sounds to be filling a completely different role to the comic version; at SDCC 2016 Gunn revealed that he was a member of Yondu’s Ravagers – so instead of an energy blasting, spectral villain (his key power is being able to make himself intangible), expect a Brahl who’s more of a ruffian.
The Ravagers themselves are set to play a bigger role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel in general. Sean Gunn, who plays Kraglin, has said there’s dissent among the ranks in the new film, following Star-Lord getting away with the Infinity Stone. That may culminate with a Ravager rebellion against their leader, Yondu – and it may even account for why Yondu becomes a Guardian in the first place.