A few years back the first GotG was the surprise hit of Comic-Con, now Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has all the hype behind it, and a couple of major bombshells have been dropped about what we can expect.
First things first, the film has a shiny new logo:
Secondly, and I’m sure you’ve seen this all over the web by now, but Kurt Russell has been confirmed as playing Peter Quill’s dad. The bizarre thing? He’s going to be Ego, known as (and this is important) the Living Planet IN THE COMICS. Director James Gunn was very clear about making that point across.
This is odd and brilliant, all in the same breath. I don’t think he’ll be a literal planet for at least all of the movie, as the idea of a planet fathering a human child is beyond what my brain can handle.
Gunn has addressed this further on Facebook, saying:
Yeah, his dad is a planet. Sort of. It will all be explained in the film. But to me, this is the absolute center of Vol. 2, and one of the reasons I’ve been so excited about it. When Marvel first approached me with the first movie, I thought, “Wait a second? A talking raccoon? Isn’t that a rather ridiculous idea to base a movie around?” It was then that I took a step back and asked myself: Okay, if a raccoon could talk, and shoot a machine gun, how could that be? And answering that question ended up being the entire foundation of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1.
Ego seemed, in many ways, like an even more ridiculous character. But I asked myself, if a planet was alive, how could that be? And how could it father a child? The answers to those questions took me to a far deeper place that I expected. I don’t want to give away too many answers at this time. But what Nova Prime said about Peter’s father at the end of Vol. 1 is certainly true – he is something ancient and unknown. And, as we will discover, being a cosmic being, alone for eons, is perhaps even more lonely than being the universe’s sole talking raccoon.
I can’t wait for you guys to see Kurt Russell bring this character to life onscreen. It has been a rapturous experience creating Ego with him. We have both pushed ourselves as far as we can go in making him real, and grounded, and emotionally centered.
You can read his full Facebook post about the film here.
The official plot synopsis is as follows:
“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.”
And finally, yes, we know now officially that Sylvester Stallone is in the movie, though it is unconfirmed just who he will be.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrives on the 5th May 2017.