Somehow Marvel struck gold when they gave the green light for Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. Seeing the blockbuster score $773.3m at the box office while satisfying fans and critics alike. Providing characters that few have ever heard of before outside of the comic book faithful, the film managed to utilize the best talents of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Michael Rooker. Oh, and let's not forget the unlikely duo of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper in animation voiceover roles.
Seen as something of a gamble in that spirit, director James Gunn explained this week that the studio would be playing it safe if it stuck to what they produced with the original. The alternate would be to take a risk and innstead going in a different direction. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will debut May 5, 2017 and, while expectations will be sky high for the follow up, the filmmaker argued that the audience should not go in anticipating more of the same.
Not A Safety First Franchise For Gunn
Speaking with USA Today a couple of months out from the premiere, Gunn outlined the philosophy of the movie. Focusing on how the sequel will veer away from convention in every sense of the word.
"The first movie was successful because we took chances and gave people the unexpected," he remarked. "This movie can only really be what it is, Guardians can only be what they are, if they're taking a risk. It means giving them a much different movie."
The sequel will take place two months after the first flick. As this installment will see the introduction of Peter Quill's father Ego as well as Mantis. But that should not overshadow the return of Yondu and Nebula for good measure.
New Pics + New Detail = Exciting Opportunities
With baby Groot riding on the shoulder of Yondu and a first look of Pom Klementieff's character Mantis, Marvel are drip-feeding updates to the fans by the week as we get a greater insight into the picture. Kurt Russell's Ego has yet to be seen through any official channels, but the actor is happy to be part of the MCU.
"Ego is the most powerful character I'm ever going to play," Russell told USA Today. "I mean, he created himself. He's the real deal."
Bautista's Drax might still be the tough guy of the group, but the former MMA fighter believes there is more at the heart of the superhero. "He looks like this big tough brute but there's a sense of innocence and heartbreak about him."