by: S. Scott Stanikmas
James Gunn’s little movie that could, Guardians of the Galaxy, was such a great piece of storytelling. It had drama, action, comedy and heartfelt tear-jerking moments (if you weren’t moved by “WE are Groot,” then I feel bad for you). So how does Gunn top this film? By just doing what he does best and upping the ante.
First let’s start with the title. During an Ant-Man press junket, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige let the title slip and a little later on James Gunn confirmed the official title:
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
This makes sense for a couple of reasons. The way that comic books name their trade paperback collections is usually in volumes. With this being the second film, Vol. 2 does fit. Also, at the end of the first film, Star-Lord finally opens the gift his mom gave him back in the day, and it’s AWESOME MIX VOL.2. So with a new tape we get a new story and a new direction for the film to possibly go in.
James Gunn was super relieved that someone other than him finally blabbed a bit of news about the upcoming space-action-drama-comedy. The filmmaker is known for accidentally dropping little hints on social media that I’m sure the studio probably wishes he wouldn’t.
As far as story goes, we know that Chris Pratt has read the script and it made him cry. James Gunn elaborated a bit on what we can expect when we finally get to see the Guardians return to the big screen:
“It’s gonna be exciting. I think it’s a more emotional movie. I think it’s both a bigger movie and a smaller movie ‘cause we focus more intensely on some of the characters. We get to learn a lot about fathers in the second movie, and I think we focus a lot on that…”
“[T]he new script is actually funnier than the first script, or at least seems to be from the reactions. I don’t have to introduce a bunch of new characters so it gives way more room for development – emotional stuff and humorous stuff. It’s very freeing.”
In superhero movies, more often than not the sequels are excellent due to the first movie having to be an origin story. But films like Superman 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Dark Knight, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 and X2: X-Men United have all proven to be wildly successful second chapters in their respective franchises. Could James Gunn join this list of fan favorite films?
We’ll find out when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hit theaters May 5, 2017.