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The Latest News on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – Who’s In, Who’s Not, and Star-Lord Crying?

The Guardians of the Galaxy

Look no further!  We here at PopCultHQ have compiled all the latest news on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and put them in this one article!

So, what lies in store for this new film?  Let’s look at who is in…

Director/writer James Gunn
Director/writer James Gunn

Gunn, confirms instead of two new characters, there will only be one (assumed to be a Guardian).

“People ask for so many characters to be in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and they ask for so many actors who they want to be in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 but we actually have less characters in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 than we have in Guardians of the Galaxy 1 because everything is just getting too sprawling and too crazy for me in these superhero comic book movies. And also in superhero comics in general. There’s just too many characters so you can’t concentrate on one and really get to know that character, and I really want to get to know the characters that we know better, and yeah, we will be introducing a new character…” – James Gunn 

 

“I did not get any help with the first draft of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 other than I wrote a scriptment which I’ve been working on for nine months, and I wrote that very, very in-depth scriptment which is a 70-page combination of a script and a treatment and it goes through every beat of the movie, everything, and I’ve been going through that and showing that to [Marvel Studios Boss] Kevin [Feige] and getting feedback and seeing what worked and what didn’t, what characters work, what didn’t. I mean, people will be disappointed – at some point I’ll release – but I had another big character in my original draft and it was just getting too busy. I took that character out. And it’s a character I like a lot and hope to work with in the future but I just didn’t have room for that person, that character.” – James Gunn

 

Some more information Gunn has mentioned include:

• Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is “not forced to fit in puzzle pieces from other creators nor is it required to serve as setup for Avengers: Infinity War.”

• The Guardians movies don’t follow the comics too close because a lot of the Marvel Cosmic characters aren’t owned by Marvel Studios.

• The five core Guardians are returning along with Yondu, Nebula and Kraglin.

• It hasn’t been mentioned whether the Nova Corps will be involved.

• Star-Lord’s father has not been cast, yet.

• Scott Chambliss is the new production designer (known for Abram Star Trek movies, Mission Impossible).

• Guardians is the most standalone series Marvel has.

• Gunn said he is going to wait until after Guardians 2 to decide if he will do Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

• Gunn also again said on Facebook that the Hulk isn’t involved.

 

James Gunn:
Given the success of his directing for the first Guardians film, Gunn was handed the responsibility of writing and directing the sequel.  The director and Marvel got along quite well and the studio is excited in his return.  Just yesterday, Gunn took to social media an announced on Twitter and Facebook that the first draft of the script for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has been completed.

Chris Pratt as Peter Jason Quill/Star-Lord
Chris Pratt as Peter Jason Quill/Star-Lord

Chris Pratt:
The leader of the group of troublemakers is all set for the next film.  He is sure to be the leader that the group looks to, as Gamora said at the end of the first flick.  Wouldn’t be surprised if Quill’s “Awesome Mix Vol. 2” cassette tape is heard throughout the film, as well as the basis for the soundtrack.  James Gunn has admitted that Peter Quill’s (non-Earth) father will be revealed.  Star-Lord’s character will definitely see more in-depth revelations about himself.  Chris Pratt has even looked over the first draft of the script and it brought him to tears.  For more on that interview, check out the video later in this article.

Zoe Saldana as Gamora
Zoe Saldana as Gamora

Zoe Saldana:
Gamora went through a transformation in GotG 1. Thanos murdered her family then raised her and her sister and her, shall we say, “Don’t get along.”  Yet she overcame her anger and struggles and wound up seeking all things good and a group of guys she can call her family.  Her loyalty to the group will remain and we should see more developing between her, Nebula, and The Mad Titan (Thanos).

Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer
Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer

Dave Bautista:
I would say the surprise of the film was the acting chops of Dave Bautista.  Though he had experience in the wrestling entertainment industry, acting on TV and in films does require a different level of talent.  The former WWE superstar was/is an ideal fit for the vengeful Drax.  Expect a bit more screen time for this brute.  Though he got his revenge on Ronan, The Destroyer didn’t quite get all the satisfaction he needed for the death of his wife and daughter.  The remaining inner turmoil will be directed towards Thanos, who Drax has felt been the puppetmaster all along.  Director Gunn has also stated that we will learn more about Drax “that nobody knows.”

Rocket Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper
Rocket Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper:
The Hangover actor brought a terrific attitude and swagger to the gun-wielding mammal.  I would imagine we will see more of the relationship Rocket has with his close buddy Groot.  Expect more of the same for the raccoon in the way of big weapon-firing, snarky remarks, and an overall penchant for arrogance.

Groot voiced by Vin Diesel
Groot voiced by Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel:
How could Vin not want to be a part of this sequel?  He had a total of five words to speak (I Am/We Are Groot).  With the financial success of the first movie, Diesel would likely see a sweet paycheck for just an off-screen, speaking role.  Besides, Groot was such a lovable character, bringing emotional and touching moments (his self-sacrifice in particular).

Karen Gillan as Nebula
Karen Gillan as Nebula

Karen Gillan:
The Doctor Who actress is returning for her role but it is uncertain in what capacity.  Nebula was still at odds with her sister Gamora, flew off in a ship to who-knows-where, was devout to Ronan the Accuser, and had some daddy issues with Thanos.  Regardless on the impact she plays, Nebula was well-received by audiences and will be a welcome addition back to the cast.

Michael Rooker as Yondu
Michael Rooker as Yondu

Michael Rooker:
You have to bring Rooker back!  Yondu made for a great side-story.  His relationship with Quill (past and present) will likely be revealed further, as will the fact Star-Lord screwed him on the orb and the Infinity Stone.  Don’t forget, Yondu and his crew of Ravagers know the identity of Peter Quill’s father.  Knowing Quill’s dad will be revealed, Yondu is sure to play a part in it.

 

Who will not return for Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser
Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser

Ronan the Accuser:
The film’s antagonist was destroyed by the Guardians and the Power Orb containing the Infinity Stone.  Now we all know that just because a comic book character dies, doesn’t TRULY mean they are dead for good, or at all.  However, James Gunn has stated that we will not be seeing Ronan in this sequel.

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Here’s a look at the recent Chris Pratt interview:

“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” has a May 5, 2017 release.

 

Jason Bennett
Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's senior editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. He is a big lover of coffee, cats, cooking and comics (plus all things Green Lantern). He is a strong supporter of indie comics, creators, and publishers and Chris Hardwick is his spirit animal (we don't know how to respond to that). Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett
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