The Guardians of the Galaxy have returned in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a sequel that provides just as much action and fun as the first movie.
Written and directed by James Gunn, the sequel stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell.
The soundtrack for the sequel is provided by Awesome Mixtape #2, the last gift that Meredith Quill gave to her son, Peter, prior to dying in the first movie. For Peter Quill, he has never known who his father is. The Guardians soon have to fight to stay together as they find out just who Peter’s dad is. This leads to enemies becoming allies as they work to defeat Ego–Peter’s dad who has other things in mind for his son.
In the comics, things are much different. J’son is the father in the comics so this is a big departure. Not only that but the way Peter came to go into outer space is much different than with what happened in the movies. Also, when his mother was murdered, he became an orphan and joined NASA but I digress.
Ego is not the nicest guy. He’s a Celestial being and his brain is in the caverns of his home planet. It’s up to the Guardians, with the aid of Mantis (Ego’s pet), Nebula, and Yondu, to defeat him.
In meeting his father and finding out just the type of being that he is, Quill re-evaluates the relationship with Yondu, the Ravager who chose not to take him to his father.
Five bonus scenes are included, one that paves the way for the introduction of Adam Warlock (and thus, the soul gem). Stan Lee’s cameo features him talking to a few of the Watchers, most notably associated with the Fantastic Four so maybe this means the rights are going to be reverted back to Marvel.
“I knew where I wanted the story to go before the first film was out in theaters,” says James Gunn. “I knew what the general shape of the sequel was going to be, but the one thing I had to figure out was if I was going to tell the story of Peter Quill and his father as Volume 2—which I thought was the big reveal—or save it for a later time. Ultimately I decided that it was the best story I have in hand right now and went with.”
Marvel Studios opened Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Friday, May 5th in the United States.