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Amongst all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe properties that exist in the ether of popular culture, Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the best outings Marvel Studios have created thus far.
The movie utilised music in a way that the other movies simply don’t; there were stronger elements of comedy and a gallery of characters that were not over-represented elsewhere in other mediums – I mean, how many of us could actually name every member of the Guardians before the movie?
Add to all of that the tearaway emotional connection that everyone felt towards Groot, and the movie was destined to be a good one.
And now we get to relive that all over again.
Coming out on the 28th of April, Vol. 2 looks as impressive as the last outing, with none of the fun seemingly lost either.
We have the developing relationship between Starlord (Chris Pratt) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the friendship between Starlord and Drax (Dave Bautista), the perfect duo in Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and everyone’s relationship with Groot for that matter.
The team have grown into a family, something that Drax comments to an angry returning Nebula (Karen Gillan), and family is one of the big selling points on Vol. 2.
We have the core group from the first movie returning, with Yondu (played by Michael Rooker) added to the Guardians and the new girl, Mantis (Pom Klementieff) who has had very little screen presence thus far, even in the trailer.
But the biggest and best news about this trailer is the long-awaited on-screen appearance of Kurt Russell’s character, Ego, though not in his planetary form.
Yep, we finally get to see Starlords’ daddy. Aww.
The trailer is full of explosions, a lot of action, so much comedy, and a new group of antagonists for the Guardians to defeat and save the galaxy, something that Rocket comments will help them jack up their prices for missions.
James Gunn is back as the writer/director, and after the work, he did with Vol. 1, expectations are bound to be high.
But when you’ve got a cast that works as well together as Pratt, Bautista, Cooper, Saldana, and Diesel, that’s surely going to be an easy feat – their interpersonal conflicts and relationships were what made the first movie so successful after all.
Again, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 will be in cinemas across the UK from the 28th of April.
– James Wright, 06/05/17