As most fans already know Guardians of The Galaxy not only qualified as one of Marvel’s best and most successful transfers of a comic book narrative to the big screen, it also qualified as one of the best science fiction movies of the last ten years or so. Its blend of action, adventure, and humor also qualified it, arguably, as one of the best movies of 2014, not only as a genre film, but as a great film period. Its simply close to perfection.
Prior to the first Guardians of the Galaxy, writer/director James Gunn never worked on a feature with a budget higher than $15 million, but any and all doubts about him as a blockbuster filmmaker were put to rest with the movie’s release. Throughout production, Gunn and Marvel got along famously, which is perhaps a big part of why he is coming back to both write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Guardians of The Galaxy 2, coming May 5, 2017 is one of the most highly anticipated sequels out there at the moment, in a world where sequels have become commonplace. Here is what we know about the second installment so far.
Its likely to be rated PG-13 like most of Marvel’s other films, Marvel simply does not seem interested in making R rated films
The story will presumably pick up some time after the events of the first movie, and while we don’t know precisely what the titular misfit crew will be up to, we do know that it will somehow involve Peter Quill’s father – who was set up as a mystery figure at the end of James Gunn’s Marvel debut. As you may remember, it was revealed the Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, was not entirely human, which opened the window for mystery and revelations regarding Quill’s history regarding what led up to him being a kid on earth, and more in the way of an explanation about why Yondu and friends grabbed him in the first place.
The writer/director has said that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will feature fewer characters in order to prevent the blockbuster from being too sprawling and crazy, so expect that it will be a more intimate tale about the space heroes, but I think its likely the story will involve Thanos, and its also likely we’ll see more of Nebula and Yondu in the sequel.
Other than the full tracklist for “Awesome Mix, Vol. 2,” the biggest cliffhanger left in Guardians of the Galaxy is the identity of Peter Quill’s father. While the hero always thought that he was 100% human, the reality is that he is actually 50% alien. Whoever Star-Lord’s dad is, he’s part of a powerful, ancient race, and is described by Peter’s mom as looking like an angel (though Yondu does call him a “jackass.”)
James Gunn has already said that the search for Star-Lord’s dad will play a big part in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and that they will be deviating from the comics (sorry J’Son of Spartax, you are NOT the father). That being said, Gunn has also noted that the big reveal of who the dad is won’t be what the entire movie rests on.
The best news in all of this, however, is who James Gunn decided to cast as Star-Lord’s dad: the brilliant and eternally awesome Kurt Russell. We now know that Russel will be playing the role of Ego, the living planet, even though, after the casting was announced Marvel has continued to stay mum about the character’s identity, until Gunn himself confirmed after SDCC 2016 what we now know to be one of Marvel’s iconic characters.
Another one of the exciting new characters who will be introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the hero Mantis, who will be played by actress Pom Klementieff. In the comics, Mantis was born in Vietnam and was left by her father at a young age at an alien temple to be cared for by Kree priests. Sylvester Stallone will also be appearing in the film in a role that remains a mystery.
That about wraps it up as far as what we know now, and if we knew more it would be in poor taste to reveal it. One thing’s for certain, the surprises in store with the film’s release next year is a big part of what makes it so exciting, and I am sure it will provide plenty of those.
At the end of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the the Guardians tricked a roving gang of space outlaws called the Ravagers into taking a decoy version of the Infinity Stone instead of the real one.
So in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” the Ravagers are going to come after the Guardians. They’re going to want the Infinity Stone, either to use its power themselves or to sell it. And, with Yondu at the helm, they’re going to be angry.
The Ravagers will also have at least nine more aliens joining their ranks. Director James Gunn revealed their names and faces on Instagram, and they include luminaries like Scrote, Half-Nut, Wretch, and Gef the Ravager. You can view images of them below.
Below is a link to a Facebook post w/video by James Gunn featuring some information about the movie along with remarks addressing why the footage shown at SDCC 2016 has not yet been made available to the general public. If the link doesn’t work, the video can be found on James Gunn’s Facebook page, second video down that features his face.
*UPDATE – 12/3/2016*
The first teaser trailer for the sequel has arrived! (see below)