Marvel’s kicked things into full gear promoting the November release of Doctor Strange. Much of the buzz we’ve seen not related to that release has been tied to 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, while we’ve heard suspiciously little about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It’s been a strange development to watch unfold, namely because Guardians releases a full seven months before Ragnarok.
We finally have our first bit of significant promo now though, coming to us in the form of a thrilling teaser released by Marvel. It clocks in at a brief 86 seconds, but still gives us plenty to chew on all the same. So let’s jump in and see what we have here, shall we?
1. Star-Lord is back and in charge
When we last left our heroes, they were finally united together as a team and set to traverse the galaxy in search of their next adventure. From the look of it, they’ve found just that, and Peter Quill remains the man in charge. In the teaser, we once again see him donning his iconic mask and duel-pistols, ominously overlooking the expanse of space from the edge of what looks to be a drainage pipe. Where the Guardians are off to next isn’t exactly obvious, but wherever they’re going looks like a sight to behold.
2. It hasn’t lost its sense of humor
Set to “Hooked on a Feeling,” this initial run of footage shows us firsthand that the Guardians sequel will carry that same fun-loving sense of humor that made the original so groundbreaking when it first hit theaters. We can see evidence of that in the above still, with “or for fun” scribbled in as a proper alternative use for the emergency spacesuits on board Peter Quill’s ship. Odds are good that Rocket Raccoon is the one responsible, although it just as easily could have been Quill himself. Either way, it’s encouraging to see that Guardians Vol. 2 is picking up right where the first film left off tone-wise.
3. Gamora is as badass as ever
Gamora (Zoe Saldana) fills the requisite Black Widow role for the Guardians, as the morally questionable ass-kicking member of the team. Above, we see her once again playing that role, standing in front of something that happens to look decidedly Asgardian in nature. That’s of course all conjecture on our part, and with the wide range of sci-fi technology we saw in the first Guardians, what we see here could be from any number of alien species. Even so, with Ragnarok releasing later in 2017, a tie-in to the equally cosmic Guardians would make a whole lot of sense.
4. It’s raining Ravagers
Michael Rooker will be reprising his role as Yondu, the Ravager who took in Peter Quill as a child and raised him as one of his crew. Word is that Yondu will be helping the Guardians this time around rather than hunting them, and doing so looks to be putting him at odds with the rest of the Ravagers. Above we see Rocket and Yondu walking along a platform while Ravagers appear to be falling en masse from the sky. Most sources say that this scene is part of an escape, where Rocket and Groot are tasked with fetching Yondu’s fin, which is used to control the whistling death-arrow we saw in the last film.
5. Karen Gillan is back as Nebula
Among the returning characters for Guardians Vol. 2 is Nebula, the sister of Gamora and former cyborg assassin for Thanos himself. She was last spotted fleeing the scene of Ronan’s attack on Xandar, surviving long enough to fight another day.
Here we see her looking like she’s been captured by someone, but by who is a mystery. What we do know comes straight from actress Karen Gillan, who in the past has talked about the Guardians sequel “delving into the sisterly relationship between Gamora and Nebula.” Hopefully, we’ll soon find out how that fits in with the greater story of the film.
6. Star-Lord and Drax share a hilariously intimate moment
The deadpan delivery of Drax the Destroyer was one of the many highlights in the first Guardians film, as Drax is an alien who is not well-versed in basic communication quirks like sarcasm and hyperbole. It looks like he’s trying to learn in the sequel, attempting to give a heartbroken Star-Lord romantic advice. What follows is a hilariously awkward exchange about “those who dance, and those who do not,” followed by a suggestion from Drax to “find a woman who is pathetic, like you,” and finally a hug that you wouldn’t expect from someone whose title ends with “The Destroyer.”
7. Baby Groot!
Voiced by Vin Diesel, Groot returns for the Guardians sequel as an adolescent version of his typically much larger self. We caught him at the end of the last film in his infancy, fully reborn after sacrificing himself to save his friends. This new iteration of Groot has been described by Diesel as “naive … goofy, [and] adorable,” so suffice it to say, he’ll once again sit center-stage as our favorite Guardian.
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