The latest trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 dropped just the other day, and it has opened up the Marvel Cinematic Universe significantly in less than two and a half minutes. I can only imagine what a full two-hour movie will reveal as a lead-in to Avengers: Infinity War. Unlike my previous article on the teaser trailer, I’m not going to go into minute details of every scene shown. Let’s just go over some new characters and major plot points revealed in the trailer.
We already know all we need to about the veteran heroes from the first film. Although they’ll each go through some form of character evolution in the film right now Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is still snarky, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is still bad ass, Drax (Dave Bautista) is still recklessly destructive (“Die, spaceship!”), Rocket (Bradly Cooper) is still awesome, and Baby Groot is absolutely adorable (Yes, I am aware I called Vin Diesel “adorable”). The newest character from the comics to make the movie team is Pom Klementieff as Mantis. In the comics, the Vietnam born Mantis is also known as the Celestial Madonna (No cone bra included) raised by a sect of alien Kree on Earth and destined to give birth to “the most important being in the universe”. She had done so and…nothing really came of it. Instead she is better known as a martial artist of exceptional skill and a former Avenger with inexplicable green skin in her later appearances. Fun Fact: when the writer that created Mantis left Marvel Comics the character took a tour of other comics companies most notably appearing in the pages of DC Comics’ Justice League of America under the name Willow before returning to Marvel. From a previous trailer, we’ve seen that the movie version of Mantis is more naive and innocent than her world-weary comics counterpart, causing her to bluntly blurt out things as a result of her heretofore unheard of empathic powers. Although her ability to read the emotions of others is new and will undoubtedly be used to great comedic effect among the dysfunctional Guardians of the Galaxy team, I fully expect her martial arts prowess to be on full, stinking display when the action starts. And from what we’ve seen in trailers so far there will be plenty of action.
The first possible major plot point this trailer reveals comes from the introduction of Elizabeth Debicki as the golden-skinned Ayesha. Oh boy. To explain the comics version of Ayesha/Kismet/Her/Paragon I’d have to explain the character of Adam Warlock/Him, who is a very powerful character and actually a major player in nearly all cosmic and “Infinity” events in the comics, but has not been introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as of yet. The Guardians are brought before Ayesha who chastises them for their “weaknesses” of “fear, jealousy, and betrayal” and claims it is the duty of her people to cleanse the universe of this. Her motivation and goal in the film is actually closer to a completely separate female aspect of Adam Warlock in the comics known as the Goddess who used the religious beliefs of several of the Marvel Universe to brainwash them into helping her destroy all sin and evil in the universe…by destroying the universe. Again, to explain I’d have to go into the Magus and more comics history and “Infinity” events than the MCU is even possible of setting up for. As this is clearly a separate character from the comics perhaps this may serve as a major plot point leading into the Infinity War. Or perhaps it’s just a red herring and we’ll all be surprised.
The final major reveal this trailer gives us is the one and only Kurt Russell as Peter Quill’s estranged father, Ego. Like Ayesha, Ego in the movie appears to be a combination of two separate comics characters. In the comics, Star-Lord’s father is J’son the corrupt and cruel king of the Spartax planetary system who had an affair with Meredith Quill when his spaceship crash landed on Earth. On the other hand, Ego the Living Planet as the name implies is a giant malevolent and megalomaniacal, celestial body that consumes other worlds and those unfortunate enough to be tricked into land on its surface. I’m not quite sure what to expect from Kurt Russell’s character in the film, but from planetary political intrigue to a giant head in space it’s most likely an evil scheme of some kind that will drive the main plot and further the character of Peter Quill.
I for one am highly anticipating the May 5th release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It’s already shaping up to be just as epic and entertaining as the original, but also looks like it will be a truly amazing lead-in to the biggest crossover movie event of all time: Avengers: Infinity War which will have the crazy cast of characters from Guardians of the Galaxy team with The Avengers and Sony’s Spider-Man franchise to face Thanos. Infinity War will serve as a culmination of the events put in motion all the way back in 2008’s Iron Man.
Until next time: Don’t take life too seriously, you’ll never get out of it alive.