GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 || Set a few months after the first Guardians Of The Galaxy, the whole crew of the Milano will be returning to go on their next mission, which will have something to do with Kurt Russell as Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) father. The teaser is just that, and does not offer much in the sense of tangible storyline. We get a few quick images of everyone and a quick joke and then we are out. Likely the next trailer will be centered on the actual story of the film.

What we do find out from the trailer is that there is slight trouble in paradise as Star-Lord and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) are no longer an item, with Drax (Dave Bautista) offering words of wisdom and condolences: “you just need to find a woman who is pathetic… like you.” Awhile back, some concept art was released of the team fighting an Abilisk, a multi-dimensional beast that apparently the Guardians are tasked with destroying. Many believe this is how the film will open, giving us a taste of the team back together. It is hinted at in the trailer if you’re willing to scrub through frame by frame, with someone pointing out one of the legs/arms of this beast in the corner of a shot as Gamora lunges at it. The team is also shown on a planet that some are speculating whether or not is Ego the Living Planet, who has already been said to be Kurt Russell’s character and Star-Lord’s dad.

The team is separated for most of the teaser, with Star-Lord, Drax, and Gamora shown arriving on the planet while Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) is shown with Yondu (Michael Rooker), who looks to be working with the Guardians now, as bodies float around them in what can only be assumed is another one of Rocket’s brilliant ideas. Even Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) is back, this time as a younger version of himself, wearing a miniature signature Star-Lord jacket and riding behind Rocket. We are even given a glimpse of Nebula (Karen Gillan), Gamora’s sister and daughter of supervillian Thanos, who she betrayed in the previous film and, from the looks of her in the trailer, has been captured by someone.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 will be the first of three films to be released in 2017, with Spider-Man: Homecoming coming out in July and Thor: Ragnarok coming out in November. After that, we’ve got Black Panther to look forward to in February 2018 and then it is on to The Avengers: Infinity Wars in the summer of 2018, which will likely be the culmination of the Infinity Gauntlet (Infinity Stones). How the new Guardians might fit into the bigger picture of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still anyone’s guess, but with the success of the original film, I have high hopes going into this one, along with some big expectations for the soundtrack, which was so good in the first film and which was utilized well in the marketing, which is re-highlighted in the teaser, with the reuse of “Hooked On A Feeling” by Blue Swede.

Release Date: May 5, 2017
Directed By: James Gunn

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