Star-Lord and Baby Groot Start Greeting Guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios

In terms of the Marvel Universe, the Avengers had Loki, then they had to face each other. He also made it clear that the film will conclude the story of this iteration of the "Guardians of the Galaxy". Unlikely because, like Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con that Guardians of the Galaxy was one of their "obscure titles". Man, I can whistle and that arrow just flies. Pfft. What is that?

"Guardians of the Galaxy" surprised almost everyone in 2014 as Marvel went deeeeeep into its superhero bench and delivered a box-office smash that was amusing, stylish and kicked out some rockin", "70s AM-gold tunes. From there, the show splits into several subplots, with Rocket and Groot (Vin Diesel) being captured by space pirates, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) fending off her vengeful sister Nebula (Karen Gillian), Star Lord learning more about his father, and Drax (Dave Bautista) developing a relationship with a very literal-minded empath Mantis (Pom Klementieff). But the interesting part is that the plot concentrates on character building scenes in the middle of the film and thus, is one of the main reasons why the final act works, despite its initial amusing beginning.

Returning writer-director James Gunn had even more money to play with on this film (the L.A. Times estimates a budget of $200-million). And the jokes are not forced. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Nobody gives a bad surprise.

Said Russell: "You're coming in, and your challenge is to try to make it better the second time around". The team crash lands on a planet, where they are saved by team leader Star Lord's (Chris Pratt) biological father, Ego (Kurt Russel). And speaking of cameos, besides the obvious one, an unexpected three-second cameo by a popular TV star (and a cultural icon, no less) is, without a doubt, going to hassle the hoff out of you.

Widely expected to be one of the biggest movies of the year, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" arrives in theaters this week with high expectations from audiences hoping that the sequel can recapture the magic of the original film. Soon enough, things go wrong and Quill has to make decisions that are tough, well at least as tough as movies of these sort can allow emotional baggage to take centre-stage. Fortunately the filmmakers are able to overcome this by fleshing out the characters with plenty of oddball humor and the top-notch special effects that we've come to expect from a summer movie. It does not hurt your intelligence or trouble your eardrums.

  • Salvatore Jensen