Ah, puns, the lowest form of humor.
Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy are coming back to theaters May 2017 to do something good, something bad, and teach us proper spacesuit usage! In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the whole crew is back for the sequel to 2014’s smash hit to once again protect the galaxy… if they’re not too busy getting into trouble. Written and directed by James Gunn, same as the original, even the minute and a half teaser trailer released just a few days ago has me anticipating an entertaining and action packed film.
The trailer starts with a slow build-up featuring the theme song for the franchise, “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede. We see glimpses of the cast of characters gearing up for an unknown battle: Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, and Chris Pratt as Star-Lord Peter Quill all appear, looking somber and determined. The action and music continue to build as we see these characters marching into action, indicating a level of gravity and seriousness in this film. Two big things stand out at this point.
First there is Rocket, voiced again in all his snarky glory by Bradley Cooper, and Yondu Udonta played by Michael Rooker stalking along a catwalk amid a deluge of falling Ravagers. Besides looking bad-ass, the blue-skinned Yondu now sports a larger head fin/mohawk to appear more like his comic book incarnation. You’d think such a dated style would look somewhat out of place, if not outright silly, but I’ll be darned if they don’t make it work here!
Another interesting thing we see is the reveal of Nebula, a villain from the first film, again played by Karen Gillan (who is reportedly grateful she didn’t have to actually shave her head for the role this time). Who knows what exact role Nebula has to play in this movie? Having failed and apparently betrayed Thanos in the previous film, perhaps she has taken the space pirate role of her comic book counterpart and, like the original, is playing a much bigger game than before.
Among the chants of “Ooga-chaka” and the battle prep, an ominous yet purposeful message is displayed on the screen: “The galaxy isn’t going to save itself”.
Finally, we get some helpful relationship advice from none other than Drax the Destroyer. Looks like Star-Lord is seeking advice on how to impress Gamora, so Drax lays out some sage words for our hero: “You just need to find a woman who is pathetic – like you.” Ever the compassionate caregiver, Drax gives Peter a manly hug… whether he wants it or not. This would seem to indicate that Peter Quill is seeking to end the womanizing we saw in the previous film and start a relationship with “The Most Dangerous Woman in the Universe”.
Fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book will note that Peter Quill’s comic counterpart is currently engaged to Kitty Pryde of the X-Men – who has recently joined the Guardians crew with other Earth-based heroes like Ben Grimm (The Thing) and the current host of the Venom symbiote, Flash Thompson (A.K.A. Agent Venom). Of course, the rights to all three of these characters are currently with other movie studios. Even though Marvel Studios (owned by Disney) and Sony Pictures have made an impressive deal regarding the Spider-Man franchise, it is unlikely that Venom will evolve fast enough as a character to join the team anytime soon. Fox and Marvel are only just beginning a business relationship, so it is just as unlikely we’ll see anyone from the X-Men (Kitty) or Fantastic Four (The Thing) franchises either.
Bottom line, the teaser trailer certainly lives up to its intention; I definitely want to see more. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 looks like it’ll have the same level of awesome action and flippant comedy as the original. However, there is a drawback. When Guardians of the Galaxy came out in 2008, as well-established as the comic was, it didn’t have much mainstream attention and the team was relatively unknown to audiences. With the first film becoming such a hit, this movie has some heavy expectations that will need to be met or exceeded to prove a successful sequel. As I said, I still want to see more and can’t wait for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to fly into theaters on May 5, 2017.
Until next time: Don’t take life too seriously, you’ll never get out of it alive.