Even though Guardians of the Galaxy was based off a comic book series, let's be honest here- Marvel pretty much created a juggernaut franchise from scratch with this series. The original film was remarkably successful mainly because of the principle characters, including the roguish Star Lord (Chris Pratt), the trigger-happy Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), the endlessly charming Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), the fierce Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and the hopelessly blunt Drax (Dave Bautista). The story in Guardians came second to the humor and the big, crowd-pleasing elements, which also included a killer soundtrack of 70s hits. The first trailer for Vol. 2 relied primarily on familiarity, giving us a brief look at the whole gang in action, while setting the tone with Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling" (which served as the original's anthem). This second teaser is more impressive and engaging, blending together some new elements with a ton of indelible character moments. I love the use of Sweet's "Fox on the Run" and the two main comedic bits involving Drax and Rocket/Baby Groot, respectively, are dynamite. I love what Gunn does with these characters, and I can't wait to see what lies ahead. For me, this is one of the rare instances where the story and villain won't bug me all that much- I'm just excited to have fun with the Guardians once again.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.
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