New Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Stills Showcase Yondu, Rocket

As we get closer to the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, the marketing surrounding the much-anticipated Marvel Studios sequel is about to jump into overdrive. We’ve gotten our looks at LEGO sets, action figures, and have seen two trailers in addition to other little snippets of footage and now — thanks to Empire — we have some of the first high-quality stills from the film.

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While gearing up for the release of their Guardians-centric issue this week, Empire released three stills, include a tense shot of Rocket Raccoon and Yondu look like they’re about to face off in a fight.

After serving as a semi-antagonist in the first flick, Yondu Udonta is slated to join the Guardians team in the follow-up movie. Part of the original Guardians team based in the 31st century, director James Gunn messed with the comics timeline a bit when he decided to use the character with the current team.

(Photo: Empire Magazine)

Rocket, on the other hand, has been a part of the movie-based team for the vast majority of his lifespan in the comics. The Halfword native first appeared The Incredible Hulk #271 and was created by Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen.

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Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 5, 2017.