Superhero movies don't come much more fun than Guardians of the Galaxy, as the sequel courtesy of Vol. 2 promises to follow on that tradition. Prior to the April 25 release right on the cusp of summer, director James Gunn discusses favorite characters and what struggles they face in this installment.
While the 2014 original delved deep into Peter Quinn's (Chris Pratt) personal history, seeing his abduction from rural America into space, the filmmaker explains that the next film will showcase the backstories of a number of the other players of the piece.
"That's the first thing people say when they see the movie," started Gunn. "The first movie was about Peter Quill, and the second movie has every single character have a complete arc, a complete story. They each learn something. It's a story about Peter Quill, with his father, but also his abusive step-father, Yondu."
Gamora-Nebula Relationship A Key Pillar
Although the introduction of Kurt Russell's Ego was one of the major talking points for the flick at Comic-Con, the dynamic between Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) will be a central subplot seen throughout.
"It's about Nebula's relationship with her sister, Gamora, and how that's not all that we saw in the first movie," remarked Gunn. "It's a lot deeper and more complicated than that. We thought in the first movie that Gamora was the good guy, and Nebula's the bad guy, but that really isn't the whole story."
Voiced by The Hangover star Bradley Cooper, Gunn believes the audience has only just touched the surface. At least in regards with understanding Rocket Raccoon.
"I think it's a story about this poor little Rocket, who is in search of a father and in search of somebody to give a s***, who cannot find it, and maybe does a little bit with Michael Rooker's character."
Baby Groot To Be Universally Popular
Pom Klementieff's Mantis has an unusual relationship with Drax the Destroyer, a point outlined by the director.
"It's about Dave Bautista and Mantis together, who become on the one hand close friends, and then on the other hand she's a surrogate daughter for the daughter that was murdered."
Then there is Baby Groot, the offspring of the original hero.
"And of course Baby Groot's relationship with all of them, they are the worst parents in the entire world! Who else brings a two-year-old son into a giant battle with a giant monster? Terrible parents! And maybe Gamora and Rocket are better than the other two. The other two are terrible. All of those things come together in a way that seems pretty magical."