The interwebs had a cosmic meltdown today as the first (teaser?) trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 was released.
It wasn't a long video - mostly just catching us up with our favorite characters, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saladana), Drax (Dave Bautista) and the lovable duo of Rocket Raccoon and Groot (voices Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel). We also got to catch up with supporting characters from the first film like Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Nebula (Karen Gillan).
Though brief, the Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 trailer nonetheless left us with some questions about where the film is headed. Here are the Top 5 Questions we have after watching the trailer.
Where is Star-Lord in That First Shot?
This Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer is colorful is nothing else, and one of the more stunning images is the first one we see of Peter Quill/Star-Lord, standing in front of a strange luminescent environment, in a seeming callback to his first scene in the first film.
So where is Star-Lord in that scene? The possibilities are universal (get it) - hell, it could even be the inside of his own dad (phrasing), as Kurt Russell's character, Ego, is a living planet (though he appears in human form during the film).
In any event, director James Gunn and his crew have made some sweet eye candy out of the Marvel Cosmic Universe, here.
What's that Strange Machine Gamora is Standing By?
It was nice to see Zoe Saldana's Gamora get a featured moment in the trailer, since she is such a badass character. And in the featured scene, Gamora is definitely in the middle of some badassery, seemingly throwing down with an unseen opponent, while wielding here signature sword.
We want to know whom Gamora could be battling, yes, but our eyes were more drawn to the strange contraption in the background of the scene. What is that machine?
MCU fans will no doubt see that it bears aesthetic resemblance to the BiFrost Bridge from Thor, making us wonder if it's just set design, another Marvel MacGuffin, or something more significant to the story.
Why is Rocket Working With Yondu?
Rocket Raccoon is featured in when scene where he's casually strolling through an industrial facility alongside a whistling Youndu, while Yondu's men, The Ravagers are all (floating? Falling?) through what looks to be zero gravity.
The question we have is: why is Rocket working with Youndu in this scene? Last we saw, Quill and The Guardians had stolen the Infinity Stone from Yondu and delivered it to the Nova Corps. Yondu wasn't happy about that, so it's interesting to see him acting so chill around Rocket - just as it's curious to see him doing so while his own men look to be out of sorts.
We know these two galactic hustlers will do just about anything for the money; is this an alliance for profit? Or something more noble?
Who Captured Nebula?
In another scene we get a quick appearance from Karen Gillan's Nebula, who is thrown down on her knees, seemingly at the mercy of some unseen captor(s).
So who nabbed Nebula? The aesthetic of the room suggests it could be the same facility that Rocket and Yondu are in, but there's no way to confirm.
Whoever captured Nebula, he/she (they) would need to be formidable. Thanos' least favorite daughter is still a dangerous warrior - last seen nearly conquering the universe alongside Ronan the Accuser - but she looks plenty scared, here. Since Nebula is such a potentially pivotal player in a story like Inifity War, we want to keep a close eye on where she ends up in GotGV2...
Who Is That Web-Faced Gang?
Another one of the more gorgeous images in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer is that of a massive explosion of what looks like blue fame, propelling some very strange-looking (and heavily armed) being upwards toward the camera in slow motion.
So who are these alien beings, with their web-faced aesthetic and dreadlocked hair?
The great thing about what director James Gunn has done with this franchise is that these alien beings don't necessarily need any real basis in Marvel Comics lore - they could be an original invention of Gunn's and that'd be just fine.
...Would be cool if it's a Marvel Comics Easter egg, though. Fans are likely arleady tracking down that lead.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; and Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019.