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Guardians of the Galaxy came from nowhere in 2014, charming its way into the audience’s hearts with a winning combination of sassy humor, heart and bombastic ’80s synthpop. I think it’s fair to say (spoilers!) I’ve never been more sad about the death of a tree.
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe so full of Avengers team-ups, Captain America movies and new solo outings like this year’s Doctor Strange, we’ve been made to wait three years for the sequel to Guardians, but it’s finally due to drop next May.
Let’s take a look at everything we know about so far.
Who’s Back, Who’s New?
Good news: the entire team is back. That means Drax (Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) will reunite for another intergalactic adventure bound to be punctured with interference from Yondu (Michael Rooker) the Ravager.
Those who thought Karen Gillan was excellent as the cold and combative Nebula, adoptive sister of Gamora, will be pleased to know she’s back too, and Gunn has teased that we’ll dive deeper into the hate-fuelled relationship between the two. Here’s Gillan looking decidedly non-bald on set in March:
— Karen Gillan (@karengillan)
Besides the embarrassment of talent returning from the first movie, including Glenn Close as Nova Corps leader Irani Rael, there are one or two pretty exciting new additions: Chris Sullivan is rumored to play Taserface (as yet uncomfirmed by director James Gunn), while Sons of Anarchy‘s Tommy Flanagan is either an associate of Ronan the Accuser or a member of the Ravagers.
Most interestingly of all, Elizabeth Debicki, the fast-rising Australian star who you may have seen in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. or The Great Gatsby, is also on board. If the whispers of Debicki playing Ayesha, the lab-birthed all-powerful being whose story frequently intertwines in the comics with Adam Warlock, are true,
Just in case that immense ensemble cast list wasn’t impressive enough, a certain Sylvester Stallone was spotted on the set of Vol. 2 earlier this year. Gunn is keeping schtum, but could Sly be the father Star Lord is searching for?
That brings us neatly to…
What’s The Story of Vol. 2?
It’s easier to tell you what the story isn’t than what it is: as per Gunn’s own words, Vol. 2 won’t pick up where the first movie left off with Thanos looming large over the galaxy as he attempts to complete his Infinity Gauntlet. It seems that will be saved for the two-part Avengers: Infinity War (or whatever it’s called these days).
Thanos is a large part of the MCU but he will not feature significantly in . Weve got another fish to fry.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn)
Proper plot details are scarce, but Gunn has teased on Twitter that the story of the sequel is nothing like what we expect, and when you’re talking about a man with an imagination as crazy as James Gunn’s, it’s probably best not second-guessed.
If Debicki is Ayesha, though, could it be that she’s the main villain of the piece? Her backstory is perfect for a vengeance storyline, although it’s not clear how that would tie in with the Guardians themselves.
All will become clear when Guardians releases on May 5, 2017, and before then you might want to It’s always entertaining, if nothing else.
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