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06 May, 2017

By going in the opposite direction of "The Avengers" in many ways, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" represents something that feels totally new: That is, it's a single, contained, smaller thing that exists in its own mini-universe within the larger one, and doesn't feel constrained by foreshadowing mirages. The first, 10cc's "I'm Not in Love", expresses sadness and confusion, and the second, Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love", carefree fun.

Casual fans remember the specifics of those pop songs, but likely little else, plot-wise.

It's probably all under wraps until Avengers 4 is out in 2019 - but Gunn has teased that it will start some kind of seismic shift in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It might even be more stunning than the first one.

The characters, though - well, they stuck out, mostly because of how odd they were.

While the first "Guardians" movie centered around how the band of misfit heroes - played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper - came together, the sequel functions as an origin story. For Marvel noobs, that just means the next big chunk of Marvel films - and to put it in context, we're about to enter the meaty bit of Phase 3, which includes Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther and which will culminate in the third and fourth Avengers films. The most distinctive part of his Earth backstory was that his mother left him with a Sony Walkman and a mixtape, which became his most prized possessions as he flew through space.

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Is it the last film in a trilogy?

There he attempts to sway Quill to do possibly sinister, father-son-god things, which have little to do with whatever overarching story the Marvel Universe is now trying to tell. The Guardians clash with a race of gold people, an amusing species of rigid, self-important oligarchs who must lay out the red carpet for their empress (Elizabeth Debicki) no matter how gross of a planet she happens to be on.

This brings the question, who will take the lead in the fourth film? "I think he's a better-written character than the first Groot in some ways". James Gunn is once again at the helm, but whereas he co-wrote the first movie with Nicole Perlman, this time he scripted solo.

"It was a whole montage around "Livin" Thing, ' and it was awesome", Gunn continues. Greens, browns, pinks, and blues clash like polyester plaid suits in the same scene, sometimes the same shot. We'll just have to wait and see.

"My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison - Ditto, especially since Quill calls himself "Star Lord". They're a function of a person's headspace, a way of using tastes in music to forge human bonds. Marvel, which considers Groot to be "the galaxy's top tree", joined with the Disney Conservation Fund and the Nature Conservancy to plant a tree every time the hashtag #GrootDanceBomb shows up on social media. In 2012 "Marvel's The Avengers" opened to $207 million - now the third-highest sum of all time behind two 2015 blockbusters ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Jurassic World").


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