The greater the expectation, the higher the chance of disappointment. Considering the wild popularity of its cosmic predecessor, it's arguably a good thing that details of the storyline to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 are being held tightly under wraps, with little known about the plot, despite being only a mere few months away from release.
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That being said, the drip-feeding process of sending teasers and previews of what's in store is still important for keeping the buzz surrounding the film's release, something director James Gunn is fully aware of. Although he is still keeping his cards close to his chest, the director has given the most juicy, brightly colored insight to date.
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In an interview with CinemaBlend, Gunn provides fresh information on the Guardians' individual story arcs, with all the deftness of a tarot card reader; he says a lot, while not saying much, while also saying a lot. So, why would anyone want to save the galaxy? Let's find out the personal motivation of the different members of #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy2.
Star-Lord / Peter Quill
#StarLord (#ChrisPratt) was unquestionably the star of #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy. As the leader of the team of intergalactic misfits, the first film tended to center around his backstory, his relationship with Yondu, and his transition from recognition-hungry maverick to worthy chief of the space-set superheroes. But what's in store for Guardians of the Galaxy 2?
"That's the first thing people say when they see the movie. The first movie was about Peter Quill, and the second movie has every single character have a complete arc, a complete story. They each learn something. It's a story about Peter Quill, with his father, but also his abusive step-father, Yondu."
Gunn explains how Quill will be sharing the load next time around, with each of the characters in the crew having more time to flesh out their own personal struggle. However, the dynamic between Yondu and Quill's father, Ego the Living Planet, will have a big impact on the story.
Gamora And Nebula
The two half-sisters are paired together as their storylines will be closely intertwined this time around. They clashed violently in the first movie, but now Nebula has switched allegiances to away from her step-father, Thanos, how will the relationship change?
"It's about Nebula's relationship with her sister, Gamora, and how that's not all that we saw in the first movie. It's a lot deeper and more complicated than that. We thought in the first movie that Gamora was the good guy, and Nebula's the bad guy, but that really isn't the whole story."
This isn't a huge surprise, as Gunn has already spoken of how Nebula's (Karen Gillan) backstory will be explored in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. However, what is notable, and extremely interesting, is that the audience's view on who is good and who is bad could switch; after all, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is, objectively, "bad" at the beginning of the film. Will we see a different side to her now Nebula is on the good side?
Poor Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper). He puts on a tough act, but deep down, it's clear he's struggling. Struggling with his identity, struggling with his place in the galaxy. On top of that, his best buddy, Groot, has trees-formed into a smaller, juvenile version of himself. Out of everyone, Rocket could be set to have the biggest challenge. Gunn said:
"I think it's a story about this poor little Rocket, who is in search of a father and in search of a somebody to give a shit, who cannot find it - and maybe does a little bit with Michael Rooker's character."
The last part of the description is intriguing. Rooker's character, Yondu, will be fighting on the side of the Guardians this time around, and from Gunn's comments, it looks like he'll strike an unlikely pairing with Rocket. They are both bashful, loud-mouthed but ultimately good deep-down. This could make for some captivating exchanges between the pair.
Drax The Destroyer
Ah, Drax the Destroyer. Don't let the muscle mass and the name deceive you, he's a big softy really. Lacking in social skills but with a big heart, Drax (Dave Bautista) offers unique form of comedy relief to the crew, particularly during his interactions with the eccentric arrogance of Star-Lord. Gunn explained his role in Guardians of the Galaxy 2:
"It's about Dave Bautista and Mantis together, who become on the one hand close friends, and then on the other hand she's a surrogate daughter for the daughter that was murdered."
This is perhaps one of the biggest giveaways — newcomer Mantis, a telepathic, highly-skilled martial artists, will form a close bond with Drax, who presumably sees similarities with his daughter, who was slaughtered by Ronan the Accuser, a barbaric act which drives Drax to seek revenge. Expect even more of the emotional core to be revealed as Drax's paternal instinct kicks in.
It's clear that Groot is a huge draw for fans waiting for the sequel. He steals the show in most of the promotion teasers, his childlike form adding an altogether different challenge for the rest of the team to deal with. Star-Lord's modified spaceship, the Milano will, presumably, have a "baby on board" sticker attached to it this time around, but does that make it acceptable to take a childlike tree along for the ride?
"And of course Baby Groot's relationship with all of them, they are the worst parents in the entire world! Who else brings a two-year-old son into a giant battle with a giant monster? Terrible parents! And maybe Gamora and Rocket are better than the other two. The other two are terrible. All of those things come together in a way that seems pretty magical."
It looks like some will be more adept at looking after Baby Groot. But, in a way, that's what we want — mischievous mayhem. Taking Groot's role into consideration, the overall tone is quite clear: Now the team have been introduced, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will focus on the theme of family, and how, despite fighting to protect the galaxy, they also fight for each other. Not. Long. To. Go. Now!
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be released on May 5, 2017.
Which Guardians of the Galaxy 2 character's backstory are you most excited for?