(WARNING: This post contains potential spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. None of this, however, should be taken as fact, it is all purely speculation.)
Earlier this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a new trailer for #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy2 dropped and it has plenty of new footage. Among this footage is our first look at the planet of the Enclave and #KurtRussell's #Ego (above). The new footage, of course, reveals new plot details and further complicates my plot summary from the last trailer breakdown. In this post, I will explain #EasterEggs and locations and speculate on the plot. I will go through the footage in groups of locations and characters instead of the order in which they appear in the trailer.
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Ego And His Homely Self
The reveal of Star-Lord's father, Kurt Russell's Ego the Living Planet (top right) is definitely the highpoint of this trailer, but it also clears up some of the footage from the first two trailers. As you can see above, the forest planet that I thought the Guardians had crashed on (explained in my breakdown for the first trailer) is, in fact, the same planet as we saw in the introduction scene for Mantis (bottom right). Rumors suggest that this planet is actually Ego himself and Ego's human avatar (Kurt Russell) and Mantis live there. This would make sense because it seems like they are the only people on that planet and Mantis was raised in solitude in the comics.
For those who don't know, Ego the Living Planet is, obviously, a living planet and Star-Lord's father. Because he is the only living planet, he made a human avatar (top right) in order to socialise with (and have children with) various other aliens and humans around the galaxy. He also raised Mantis (bottom right) as his daughter.
Piling together with the theory that the above planet (on which Ego is living) is himself, this theory suggests that the large cavernous (and organic-looking) planet is actually the inside of Ego. As suggested in my previous trailer breakdowns, the Enclave will be attempting to kill Ego for some reason (either because he is protecting the Guardians, he is Peter Quill's father, or he has done something completely separate to anger them) and the only way to do so is by physically going inside of him and taking out of his heart or brain (they have been seen in the previous trailers below). This will probably be either the final showdown or near the beginning of the film, being almost a filler battle. It is more likely to be near the beginning, however, because James Gunn has said that all of the footage in these trailers is in the first 15 minutes of the film (though, I doubt this).
The Enclave And The Abilisk
The Enclave is most recognizable by the gold skin and is a genetically perfect race of aliens that are grown in cocoons (bottom right) lead by Elizabeth Debicki's Ayesha (seen in the Super Bowl trailer). They supposedly kick off the film by hiring the Guardians to defeat the Abilisk (the giant space squid). They look like they are living on a planet on which the "Universal Church of Truth" is located (top right, more on that later). This "Church of Truth" is often associated with #AdamWarlock (bottom left), who is rumored to be in the film (maybe he could be #SylvesterStallone's character).
The rumors suggest that after the Guardians are hired by the Enclave to defeat the Abilisk, they either fail in doing so or do something to betray the Enclave (possibly break Nebula out of captivity) and the Enclave pursues them for revenge. One of the most impressive shots in the trailer is the gathering of thousands of ships (presumably, #JamesGunn is trying to beat the record number of on-screen deaths that the first Guardians of the Galaxy set). These ships are, in fact, Enclave ships and probably lead on to kick off the starting battle of the movie (maybe coincidentally leading to an underground battle in Ego). We know this battle cannot be at the end of the movie because the #Milano (Star-Lord's ship) looks to be being destroyed by Gamora and her giant gun later in the trailer after she is almost gunned down by her sister, Nebula.
The Abilisk fight will probably be the opening scene of the entire movie and looks to be a good reintroduction to each of the characters. In this new trailer, we see Groot actually plug in some speakers (top row) so the Guardians can have music while they fight. This is awesomely meta and is the perfect example of how overly confident both the characters and the film will be.
We also see Quill use a device with an American Football pitch on to track the Abilisk. This is probably an attempt by James Gunn to explain how Quill got his tape player from the first film (the device is probably from some sort of intergalactic pawn shop). We then see some more Abilisk footage, which looks like the CGI is probably unfinished but is still impressive.
The Enclave Planet
We also see this beautiful planet (top left) throughout the trailer. This will probably be seen after the Guardians have defeated (or failed to defeat) the Abilisk and are granted brief asylum by the Enclave before they turn on the Guardians and hunt them down. We also see #Gamora dance (bottom left), which means this could actually be at the end of the film, after the Enclave have been defeated. This would also explain the top right frame and how that could fit into the plot.
This planet also would seem to appear in other places in the trailer. Though the fauna does not look the same, the sky is definitely identical in both the above frames and the landscape seen earlier. I am not sure how this factors into the plot but it could take place midway through the film, when Gamora turns on the Guardians to rejoin #Thanos' side for #InfinityWar. It looks like Gamora actually tries to kill #Nebula after she almost guns her down. This would explain the other ship seen throughout the trailer.
The above scenes look like they could either be taking place on Ego at night or on a similar planet. It looks like Rocket Raccoon helps the Ravagers out on a job but then they turn against him (top two frames) after he sabotages their mission. It seems as if Rocket then stages a getaway attempt single-handedly with a series of hidden guns and traps (middle frames).
Yondu must survive this and imprison Rocket and #Groot in a now Ravager-run prison. Yondu then helps break them out (bottom right) after a mutiny against him lead by Taserface (bottom left). This would set up Yondu to become "one of the fr***in Guardians of the Galaxy" (as seen in the Super Bowl trailer) and continue to help them defeat the Ravagers (having been hired by the Enclave to take down the Guardians and maybe Ego) and the Enclave itself.
A New Ship
Another one of the major reveals in this trailer is this new ship Rocket can be seen piloting (bottom left). It may come into play after Yondu, Groot and Rocket escape the Ravager-run prison or after Gamora destroys the Milano because of Nebula. Either way, this is definitely not the Ravagers' ship, as the interior is different from that seen in Guardians of the Galaxy and the shape of the cockpit is different. This could be the ship in which the Guardians crash on Ego, thus factoring into the suggested plot and explaining why — in the top right frame — Quill, Rocket, and Groot are jumping (jetpack assisted) into Ego.
This is also the ship where Groot eats his peanut M&Ms (though intercut with footage of Quill in the Milano).
After the Enclave hires the Guardians to defeat the Abilisk, the Guardians likely discover that Nebula is being held captive on the Enclave planet and attempt to break her out of captivity. After they do so, Nebula (probably under influence of something) turns on them and tries to gun down Gamora. Gamora crashes the Milano (which Nebula is piloting) and destroys it with her massive gun. They then go on the run from the Enclave and take Nebula under their wing (no longer under influence of something).
Meanwhile, Rocket and Groot are helping out the Ravagers on a job when the Ravagers turn on them and put them into captivity. Yondu then helps them break out (leading to the "raining men" scene) and meet back up with the other Guardians. During this escape, Groot, Rocket and Yondu bring the new ship into play. All the Guardians are now united and on the run from the Enclave. The Enclave hire the Ravagers to take down the Guardians and this leads to a big fight. Ego could also be in a bad situation with the Enclave or they purely attempt to kill him because he is Quill's father. Either way, a big space battle leads them underground on Ego, where the Guardians must protect Ego's heart/brain. This is the main, final battle of the film and leads to the Guardians defeating the Enclave and stopping their annihilation of all things imperfect in the galaxy.
Let me know what you think I may have missed in the comments and be sure to check out my movie/book review blog at Readers of the Lost Arc or my trailer breakdowns for Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner 2049, or the first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.