The second trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 dropped at the Super Bowl last week, and it was a thrilling look at what is bound to be a bombastic followup to the first movie. A surprising hit, the first #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy was an innovative addition to the #MCU, leaning into the scifi side of the superhero genre and introducing us to a new, unconventional band of heroes. A lot of the movie's success rested on the Guardians themselves, the "A-holes" who took it upon themselves to defend the galaxy because, as Star-Lord so eloquently said, "I'm one of the idiots who lives in it!"
But apart from the lovable rogues themselves, there was something undeniably attractive about the Guardians of the Galaxy setting — psychedelic spaceports, sweeping starry vistas, and kaleidoscopic space battles all contributed to the movie's popularity. Instead of watching costumed heroes swooping around New York City, we were immersed in the delicious possibilities of life beyond Earth.
And according to James Gunn, #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy2 won't just emulate but exceed the wonderful weirdness of the original movie, going all out on that classic scifi pulp aesthetic.
Guardians Vol. 2 Will Be Weirder Than Ever
In their recent set visit, io9 interviewed director James Gunn about the style of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, asking which comics he was drawing from and whether this was more scifi or superhero.
"There’s a conscious return to pulp and getting a greater sense of getting pulp from all areas. But everything from ‘50s Amazing Stories covers to the ‘60s stuff that you can see in that ship, it’s very ‘60s-inspired. A lot of almost Ralph Bakshi-inspired, Yes album cover-inspired stuff."
Bakshi is an intriguing point of inspiration for Guardians — he directed the strange, animated version of Lord of the Rings and several other full-length animated features. His bright colors and psychedelic style does seem to fit with Guardians, though this is definitely an atypical choice.
According to io9, the sets for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 are "trippy, bright, and crazy", with a vibrancy that we don't often see in mainstream cinema. Gunn explained his choices, and why he's finally doing what he wanted to do with the first Guardians.
"I was scared last time. And this time I’m not really scared because I know that people want to go see the movie. There have been absolutely no restrictions placed on me in terms of that’s too far, that’s too artistic, or that’s too unique, that’s too dramatic, that’s too comedic. None of that stuff has ever come up. We’re really, really pushing it."
If you thought the first Guardians was weird and wonderful, it looks like Vol. 2 is ready to smash your expectations and transport you right out of the stratosphere.
Personally, this is some of the best news I've heard about Vol. 2. Superhero franchises often ere on the side of the grounded and mundane, trying to bring superheroes back down to Earth to make them relatable. While that can be very effective (Logan, in particular, looks awesome), the superhero-scifi genre is a veritable playground for the imagination. Literally anything could — and in the comic books, frequently does — happen, so it's nice to know that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be exploring the outer limits of scifi with gusto.
What's your favorite aspect of 'Guardians'?