A view of the atmosphere at The World Premiere of Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA April 19th, 2017.
And then there's Groot (Vin Diesel).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 lands in theaters May 5. The characters continue their rough, and very amusing, barrage of insulting questions about whether Rocket is a raccoon, a "trash panda" or merely a really ugly puppy.
Zoe Saldana has revealed she and the "Guardians of the Galaxy" cast were "in shock" when they began shooting "Avengers: Infinity War" because the scale of the movie is so "big". Groot's name appears throughout the credits, which are worth sitting through for the inevitable Marvel movie-ending "Easter eggs" that hint at future action.
Honestly, I could care less what the storyline of either "Guardians" film is about because all I really want is an opportunity to hang out with these lovable misfits who bicker, call each other names, and complain about each other's shortcomings but when the time comes, are always there to have each other's back.
Although the scene relies a bit too much on Baby Groot's cuteness (and he is damn adorable without being saccharine) it does do something genuinely clever.
As the smart-alecky interstellar stepchild of the Marvel film empire, the original Guardians of the Galaxy had room to create its own playground unbeholden to the demands of cross-promotion and continuity with the rest of an inflating universe. Family matters are top of the mind in the sequel, which explores the back story of the half-human and half-alien Star-Lord Peter Quill.
Responding to a fan's question on Twitter, director James Gunn said: "Vol. 3 will take place after Avengers 3 & 4". That is meant as a compliment to Gunn for his determination to make his movie one of the most overblown meditations on the garish idiocy of the genre to date.
There's more great classic hits to re-discover (or, for you kids, get to know), including a fantastic piece of action set against the backdrop of ... wait for it ...
"I think the first three movies tell a single story and that story is pretty simple".
The development certainly complicated the relationship between Groot and Rocket, a notoriously lonesome creature with only the talking plant as his true friend.
The sequel of Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Rocket the Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel voices Baby Groot, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula and others.
Chris Sullivan plays Taserface, a member of the gang of smugglers known as the Ravagers; Kurt Russell is Ego, who has a mysterious connection with Peter Quill; Sylvester Stallone is a Ravager who has a bone to pick with Yondu. Will his vocabulary finally expand?
Last year, Captain America: Civil War premiered the first week of May, like Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is this year.