New Guardians 3 Photos Reveal Lylla's Adorable Real-Life Reference

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The reference for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3's new animal creation, Lylla, was just revealed online for MCU fans.

Even though Lylla became a big regret for director James Gunn after he used her for a Guardians of the Galaxy Easter egg, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 utilized the character for some wildly emotional moments in her full MCU debut.

The otter played an important role as part of Rocket Raccoon's long-awaited MCU backstory, with Gunn giving her life and bringing plenty of heartbreak as she ended up meeting her end before her free life even truly began.

Lylla Reference from Guardians 3 Shared Online

Marvel Studios Director of Visual Development Andy Park shared images on Instagram from the lobby of Marvel Studios' main headquarters, where he highlighted a set of pictures featuring the real-life model for Lylla from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.


Lylla is seen standing tall with her robotic arms hanging down from her side in front of Will Poulter's Adam Warlock.

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Right next to the model for Lylla is the model for Bradley Cooper's Rocket Raccoon, who wears the new Guardians costume that he and the entire team got in Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

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The model looks nearly identical to what was seen on screen for Lylla, who was played in this movie by Laura Barton actress Linda Cardellini.

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Park also shared concept art for Lylla, where the character has her arms up in the air as she looks ahead.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is now playing in theaters worldwide.

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Release Date
May 05, 2023
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Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.