We are so deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) it is hard to look back at its early days. So let’s not, shall we? In attempting that, there are those that love the original or the first installment of a franchise (say Iron Man over Iron Man 2) and those that feel the second film pales in comparison. Hey, we know you can’t have The Empire Strikes Back without having A New Hope first, but Empire is still our favorite. The Sci-Fi Movie Page hit Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from a different angle. We decided to give you “20 Things We Love” about the film.
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1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – The Soundtrack
To be honest, up until last week, we have spent more time with the soundtrack than the actual film itself. Why not? It is a fantastic collection of vintage pop songs. Plus, in spending all those days and long showers rocking out to ELO and Cat Stevens, our appreciation of their significance in the film has only gotten stronger.
2. Yes, that’s John Crichton as the Sovereign Admiral
In case you have lived under a rock, that is Farscape’s own Ben Browder painted in gold as the Sovereign Admiral. Director James Gunn has openly admitted to being a fan of Farscape, so why not feature Browder in a small part, playing a smug a-hole?
3. The Young Kurt Russell
The first moment you saw Kurt Russell as the young EGO you immediately thought of young Kurt Russell in Escape from New York (it was the hair). It’s a combination of makeup and special effects which make us believe the impossible.
4. Ego’s Entrance
Admit it, the film and the franchise are fun, but did you ever think you would see a little one-inch man riding in during a huge battle sequence? No, neither did we.
6. Another Howard the Duck Cameo
Certainly, his appearance in the first film caused a big stir. Naturally, he should show up again. Will Howard make the leap to Thor: Ragnarok? Only time and the Watchers can tell.
7. That’s Lex Luthor in there!
It’s a brief moment or two, but Smallville’s own Michael Rosenbaum does appear in the film as one of Stallone’s Ravagers, Martinex. Fans of the comic know the character as one of the original Guardians of the Galaxy team members.
9. The Ravagers’ Box of Hands
Apparently the Ravagers, despite appearances and their lack of intelligence, are actually quite handy, which was a good thing for Nebula (Karen Gillan).
11. Too Adorable to Kill – Groot
Even Taserface recognizes that Baby Groot is too adorable to kill. So what does he order done first in regards to Groot? He has the ship’s tailor make him a uniform.
12. Michael Rooker is the Man
The brilliance of the film is that Gunn, who not only wrote the script but directed it as well, took a small character like Yondu, played by Rooker, and made the entire audience love and cry for him by the film’s end. Certainly what is on page is one thing, but Rooker delivers in spades. Yes, he’s Mary Poppins y’all!
13. The Severed Toe
14. The 700 Space Jumps
Certainly hoping around the galaxy is one thing, but with worm holes, space bridges, and warps it was fun to see Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Yondu (Rooker) lose their cookies as they pinball their way through the galaxy.
15. The Watchers and Stan Lee
We finally know that all of Stan Lee ‘s cameos in both the MCU and the X-Men Cinematic Universe now make sense! He really is playing the same guy.
16. The Scotch Tape Scene
James Gunn provides the perfect amount of humor and tension as Rocket (Cooper) asks Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) for scotch tape. What’s even better is that if you turn the sound all the way up, you can actually hear Star-Lord ask his friends if they have any while they are fighting for their lives.
17. Star-Lord’s Eulogy
This is supposed to be a sci-fi superhero comedy, yet James Gunn has his lead character deliver one of the best heart felt speeches in the MCU ever. We can all hope that someone says anything as heart felt and profound when the day comes for us.
18. The Ties That Bind
Star-Lord, who was on a quest for his family since the first film, comes to the realization that he already has a family. They may not be as perfect as he would have liked but he has connected to each one of his friends. They are a family. Well, except for Gamora (Zoe Saldana); they have that unspoken thing.
19. The Unobtrusive Cameos
Cameos are great, but they can be sore thumbs in a film and take you out of a moment. James Gunn supplied the right amount of blink-and-you’ll-miss-them cameos for Michelle Yeoh, Ving Rhames, Miley Cyrus, Rob Zombie, and Jeff Goldblum.
20. The Next Step in Our Evolution
We will probably have at least two Avengers films which the Guardians will appear in before we get Volume 3 of GG. With that being said, it was great to see the seeds being sewn with the Sovereign (the golden bad guys) laying the ground work for Adam Warlock.