Our first look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally here, and in true Marvel fashion, it was pretty amazing, allowing us to reconnect with our favorite space a-holes.
However, with all the excitement in the teaser, as well as our fanboy minds being blown away, there are a few things you might have missed or simply want to look into more. So, let's break down Vol. 2's first official teaser:
Our Heroes Are Still Having Fun
Sequels tend to go a darker route than their predecessors. Judging from this image, that's not the case for this sequel. The humor and fun of the first Guardians movie was what set it apart from everything else, and James Gunn & Co. don't appear to have forgotten that here.
At the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, our heroes are on a mission to look for trouble and the "or for fun" below the security warning on spacesuits (most likely written by Rocket or Star-Lord) seems to indicate they've already found plenty of trouble. Could this lead to a few cool Easter Eggs for other space-based Marvel characters?
Star-Lord Faces A Big Challenge
This installment will have a much grander scale than the first movie, and one of the shots from the teaser that best represents that is this one: Peter Quill/Star Lord looking at... what is he looking at? It certainly looks like space but the structures in front of him are very similar to Knowhere from the first film:
Will we see the Guardians return to Knowhere? If so, why? Star-Lord is clearly prepared for battle, so, with the gigantic scale of what's in front of him, could we see a battle between the heroes and a Celestial? Better yet, could Peter be looking at the inner workings of his father, Ego, The Living Planet?
Is The Team Fighting In A Different Dimension?
This shot gives us a hint about the movie's plot. Gamora is standing in front of what appears to be a portal in outer space. We know who/what she's fighting (explored below), but the real question is, what is happening? Is this the final battle? Is the main baddie of the movie a much more cosmic entity, whose nature forces the Guardians to have a battle in outer space? All big questions we'll hopefully get answers to.
Gamora Vs. The Tentacled Monster From The Concept Art?
Gamora is fighting a giant creature in the footage, and on closer inspection, I noticed the thing has tentacles and it's the same color as a creature highlighted in concept art for the movie:
I've seen speculation that maybe the scene with this creature is part of a montage but seeing how in the same scene Gamora is standing next to what looks like a portal, I doubt that's a detail that would be overlooked. James Gunn referred to it as "an Abilisk" and the Guardians are reportedly hired to fight it. But as an inter-dimensional being, could this even be the MCU's version of Shuma-Gorath? The entity does have strong ties to Doctor Strange, after all.
Nebula was one of the stand-outs in the first film and now, thankfully, she's back. From what we've learned, she is joining the Guardians but, going by her ratty clothes, she's been on the run. It also appears she's been captured by Ravagers, judging from the red coat on the person who uncovers her.
This may be a stretch but perhaps Thanos hired mercenaries to hunt her down; after all, we know the Mad Titan prefers to remain seated. The thing is, how does she escape? What if Peter Quill and his crew rescue her and that's how she becomes part of the team?
Could The Enemy Be Ego?
As of right now, we don't know who the ultimate villain for Vol. 2 will be (other than the aforementioned Abilisk), and with Thanos out of the mix, it's been hard to pinpoint, but I have a hunch that Peter Quill's father, Ego, played by Kurt Russell, will be the movie's main villain. Unfortunately, we didn't get a look at him in this teaser but, with no clear bad guy and Ego known to be a bit of an unstable jerk in the comics, it's quite possible he's the one wreaking havoc for the Guardians. An interesting thing to note is that these people seem to be the same ones falling next to Rocket and Yondu above.
With the blue tint in the picture, it's easy to see a weapon sent them flying away, so here's a wild theory: What if Ego uses an Infinity Stone for whatever he's planning and it's both what's hurting the people in the clip and what ultimately turns him into the planet he's known as in the printed page? The last Infinity Stone left is the Soul Stone (we know the Time Stone is almost definitely Doctor Strange's Eye of Agamotto), so it makes some sense.
Are The Guardians On Earth?
Months ago, it was revealed through leaked set images and footage that at least a portion of this movie would be set on Earth, with a creature wreaking havoc on our beloved planet. This got me thinking: Could this clip be of the Guardians arriving on Earth? It might be a bit of a stretch but if there's such a big threat on Earth from their end of the universe, we can assume they would try to fix it. Another thing to note: Drax doesn't pack lightly.
Drax Is Much More Emotional...At Least, He Tries
Drax's deadpan delivery and completely logical mind were some of the funniest aspects of Guardians of the Galaxy. In the sequel, while he appears to still be a very literal individual, he acts much more openly with Peter Quill, and his bond with the team is very evident. Or at least...he tries. As we can see, the whole social awareness and sensitivity aren't really his jam.
I'm very excited to see more of Drax, as it seems like James Gunn found a sweet spot for letting him grow, as it already feels as if he's evolved as a character.
Rocket And Baby Groot Are Back
The moment we were all waiting for: Seeing Rocket and Groot back together. While it's not very clear where they're standing or who the bloodthirsty raccoon just shot through a wall, it seems like they're in the same place where the bodies were floating. Vin Diesel recently talked about this new version of Groot:
"He couldn’t be more naive as Baby Groot. I always think of the Groot that we saw on the first Guardians as a college-level Groot, so he’s not fully grown yet, but he’s a man. And once he sacrifices himself at the end of the movie, now he has to start all over, so to speak, but we’re gonna see this goofy, adorable, baby Groot thing running around the screen and just learning as he goes.”
Well, going by how he grinned after his furry friend shot someone, Baby Groot is learning at a rapid pace. And also has a keen fashion sense, judging from his Michael Jackson leather jacket.
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That was the first teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. From what was shown, it's great to know that James Gunn and Marvel are evolving the world of the Guardians without losing their essence, which is something I was afraid would happen in the movie. Hopefully, the final product will be even more awesome. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.
What did you think of the teaser? Do you think Ego is the main bad guy? Are you excited for the movie?