Actor Michael Rooker is known for portraying some amazing and sometimes controversial characters during his career. His role as Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead saw him portraying a racist man who was quick to anger but, in the end, tried to redeem himself. He is also well known for his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as Yondu in the Guardians of the Galaxy series of films.
Rooker's Yondu, a Centaurian leader of an exiled fraction of the Ravagers, quickly became a fan favorite. He is the adoptive father of Chris Pratt's Peter Quill, and the two battled against Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) in the first movie. Sadly, in the second movie, Yondu meets his match against Ego (Kurt Russell). But Rooker was able to reprise his role in the third movie in an Obi-Wan-esque cameo in a battle sequence.
While it may have seemed his death would halt any other projects featuring Yondu, Rooker reprised his role in the first season of the series What If.... The What If... series is an anthology of alternate tales featuring variant characters of prominent MCU heroes and villains.
The nine-episode second season began airing on Disney+ on December 22, with a new episode released daily until December 30. Rooker appears in the first episode of season 2, "What If...Nebula Joined the Nova Corps?"
Will there be a Ravagers spinoff featuring Michael Rooker as Yondu?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 set up storylines for several spinoffs within the MCU. Director James Gun has stated in interviews that he believes The Ravagers would make an interesting series. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige once told Gunn if Guardians was a success, he could do whatever he wanted. Only time will tell if this idea develops into a new series.