Before Guardians of the Galaxy made its cinematic debut in summer 2014, few new who the Guardians were and it remained unclear as to the whether the film would catch on or not. As one of Marvel Comics’ more niche stories, it was the riskiest movie project up until that point that Marvel Studios had decided to put out. Little did we know that the Guardians would go on to take the world by storm, with the picture itself taking in a gargantuan $773 million worldwide from a $232.3 million investment, and the film’s characters, including Star-Lord (Pratt), Rocket (Cooper) and Groot (Diesel), shooting up to the stratosphere of merchandising sales.
Beginning the final phase of its marketing run, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s promotional material has avoided giving away much of the movie’s story and has opted to focus more on its thrilling action and side-splitting one-liners. What we do know though, is that we will see, and get to know, who Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s father is, a character that was left out of the first instalment.
The sequel’s final full-length trailer builds on much of what its predecessors had done, simply bringing us lights, camera, action!, but this works because the music, the team’s dynamics, the sets, and everything else are so on point here that its satisfying enough. Director James Gunn did such a great job establishing who these rag-tag team of rebels are in Guardians 1 (or is that Rogue One?) that we as an audience are just delighted see them on screen again.
Family is going to be a big theme in Guardians 2. As mentioned before, Peter will be reunited with his biological father, Ego the Living Planet (Russell) – who appears at the end of the trailer -, and Gamora (Saldana) and Nebula’s (Gillan) back story will be explored. We didn’t delve very far into the relationship between the two sisters in the first film, so there’s sure to be some interesting information regarding their past. We’ll see Yondu’s (Rooker) softer side in the film, and, as shown in the trailer, he ends up joining with the Guardians (though not necessarily a permanent alliance) fighting alongside Rocket and Baby Groot. It’s clear Yondu has a soft spot for Quill, being his adoptive father figure and all, and this leads him to get involved with the team, presumably deserting the Ravagers in the process.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 flies into theatres May 26th.