Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 hit theaters in the U.S. on May 5 and thus far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Marvel Studios once again seems to have hit a home run, as fans everywhere could not be happier with how the second installment of the franchise has turned out.
Indeed Marvel is firing on all cylinders once again.
Any time a sequel is released in Hollywood, audiences typically go in a bit reserved. After all it’s extraordinarily difficult at times to produce the same kind of vibe that made the first film a success. Marvel is very familiar with that fact thanks to Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 2.
But this time fans have nothing to worry about. Not only did Marvel live up to expectations, they surpassed them at many points during the movie. Marvel Studios delivered more of what worked the first time, and produced some shocking twists along the way.
The first Guardians film was successful because it was different. It was quirky. It was laugh-out-loud funny, and most importantly, it was unapologetic. The characters were unfamiliar to most of the mainstream audience, but none of them were changed to suit any particular tastes.
Rocket Raccoon is a smart mouth rebel in the books, and that’s exactly what he is in the films. Groot is a creature of few words, Drax is a naïve brute, Gamora is a killer looking for redemption, and Star-Lord is a brash adventurer. The team itself is a mash-up of several archetypes, with personalities that everyone can relate to, but they exist in bizarre forms.
Simply put, Guardians of the Galaxy shouldn’t have worked, but did. Fans connected to the film, and they connected to the characters. The defining aspect of the first film is the same one that grounds the second film; it’s the Marvel sensibility.
Marvel presents larger-than-life heroes in daring exploits that defy all logic. Men turn into monsters, gods walk among us and alien races seek to conquer the planet. But at the center of every story is heart. What makes Marvel tick is not the costumes, capes, or powers; it’s the characters behind all of that.
That’s why GOTG was a hit and why the sequel is being embraced by fans all over the world.
There is real emotion, relatable situations, and believable human struggles. Family is the theme for this film, as beings that have no reason to love each other ultimately do because they need each other. They’re all kindred spirits, and they’re all connected.
That’s the reality of the world we know, and that’s why Marvel Comics has always appealed to the masses. Marvel Studios is the direct extension of that creative system.
Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker are all back of course, as is Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel as Rocket and Groot respectively. This time around, the Guardians are joined by Kurt Russell as Ego, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, and Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Ogord.
It’s a unique cast, but one that meshes together incredibly well. Everyone is having fun in this film, and it shows from the opening scene to the end credits. Marvel plants the seeds for more to come from the franchise in the end, and fans are surely anxious to see the team share the same screen with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War.
But for now Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is a must-see for anyone that enjoyed the first film. The humor is there, the action is there, and the heart is of course there as well. Marvel delivered a fine film once again, and it’s a great addition to the cinematic family.