It’s been three years since the first Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters, and according to James Gunn, not a single fan has been able to find that one super-obscure easter egg — though some have gotten pretty close. (And if you think Gunn’s pulling your chain, he offered $100,000 to anyone who could prove it doesn’t exist.) With the sequel hitting theaters next week, Gunn’s at it again, confirming that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 contains another one of those pesky, cleverly-concealed easter eggs, and he’s not giving you any hints.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
One of the best parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, of telling stories on an epic, cross-film and even cross-franchise scale, are watching characters we think we know surprise us as they reveal hidden depths over the course of many years. A perfect example is Nebula, the daughter of the mad baddie Thanos, who is played in the MCU by Karen Gillan. Introduced in the original Guardians of the Galaxy as a ferocious underling of the alien conquerer Ronan the Accuser, Nebula upends all our expectations about her in Vol. 2, which reveals more of her tragic backstory and complicates her relationship with her sister, Gamora.
Large studios are slooooowly introducing more diverse characters into their movies, and this year have been dipping a toe into the LGBT spectrum. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast featured that “exclusively gay moment,” and Power Rangers boasted history’s first gay movie superhero, but we have yet to have anything concrete. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn was asked about whether he’d consider putting a gay character in one of his Marvel movies, and his response kinda sounded like he already had.
While out promoting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 this week, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige reiterated that the next two Avengers sequels are separate stories — hence the studio’s decision to nix plans for Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2. Instead, we’re getting Infinity War and Avengers 4, with the full title for the latter yet to be revealed because, according to Feige, it’s kind of a big spoiler for the upcoming Avengers sequel. Maybe Zoe Saldana didn’t get that memo because she might have casually revealed that secret title…but it definitely doesn’t sound like a spoiler, like, at all.
In the final scene of Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord asked Zoe Saldana’s Gamora what they should do next. “Something good, something bad?” he wonders, before settling on “a bit of both.”
Young folks are probably best acquainted with David Hasselhoff in the ironic sense, like some kitschy relic unearthed in their parents’ attic during a recon mission to find the most absurd pop culture fossil for their growing collection of dank memes. But us olds know The Hoff as a beloved ’80s icon, star of Baywatch and Knight Rider, and a weird German pop music icon — so it’s not entirely surprising that James Gunn solicited Hasselhoff to help record a song for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. And it is special.
There are very few certainties you can count on in this life. Death and taxes are often at the top of that list, but Baby Groot being cute af might soon usurp one of Benjamin Franklin's oldest adages. Hot Toys knows you're going to be unable to resist the sapling's charms, and that's why it's making a life-size version of the ittiest, bittiest Guardian of the Galaxy to add to your toy collection.
The sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy is fast approaching, only two short weeks out from today. But of course the media blitz has long since begun, wallpapering major cities with colorful posters depicting the main lineup of intergalactic crimefighters/occasional crime-doers. Sharp-eyed fans will notice some shifting personnel, too — blue-faced gun-for-hire Yondu (Michael Rooker) earned a lot of fans with his magical floating murder-arrow in the first film, and has been accordingly bumped up to main-cast status through sheer fan demand. As for new faces, Kurt Russell and Pom Klementieff bring some fresh blood to the franchise as Star-Lord’s long-lost father Ego and empath servant girl Mantis, respectively.
For fans of Marvel Comics, the fact that they’re doing two Infinity War movies without one key character present is a little strange. Adam Warlock is a very important component of the Infinity War saga, namely because he sort of starts the whole thing. But here’s some (possibly big) news: Adam Warlock was originally part of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and James Gunn revealed that he will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Well, well, well.
Thanos finally getting some real screen time in Avengers: Infinity War as the ultimate big bad is pretty exciting, but possibly even more exciting is the fact that we’ll also get to see our two favorite Marvel superhero teams come face-to-face for the first time. Until now, there hasn’t been any connective tissue to bridge the gap between the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, but a foe like Thanos needs more than one group of heroes to take him down. But while these heroes are incredibly powerful, don’t expect them to buddy up with each other right off the bat.