With each passing day, we get closer and closer to Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 and all of the marketing and press tours associated with one of the most anticipated superhero movies of the year.
Come May, we'll be seeing three new members — Yondu, Nebula, and Mantis — join the lovable losers tasked with protecting the cosmos and through the handful of trailers and TV spots we've seen so far, a large part of the movie focuses on the trials and tribulations growing families face.
Director James Gunn, the mastermind behind bringing the Guardians to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, says the deep family-based arcs are his favorite part of the film.
"My favorite part is the center emotional storylines. The stuff between Ego and Quill; between Nebula and Gamora; between Rocket and Yondu," Gunn told Fandango in a recent interview. "These are all sort of new family relationships that have a lot of deep emotional aspects to them. It's fun to make them play in this huge action-adventure film."
In Vol. 2, Ego (Kurt Russell) is revealed as Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) long-lost father while Nebula and Gamora try to rekindle their sisterly relationship after the former tried killing the whole team on behalf of Ronan and Thanos in the original Guardians of the Galaxy.
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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) and is slated for release on May 5, 2017. 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).