Faster than you can say “Wham bam thank you, ma’am,” Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has arrived with an extended TV spot packed with action and one-liners, set to the tune of David Bowie’s “Suffragette City.” The teaser ends by touting the beginning of advance-ticket sales.
From the opening moments, when Star-Lord tells a candy-eating Baby Groot to buckle his seatbelt, you’re taken right back to the shiniest, most hilarious corner of the Marvel Universe. Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill rattles off the call sheet for the original Guardians lineup, evoking the trailer for the first film. There’s “a thief, one thug, an assassin, a maniac and an angry little tree” doing what they do best: Drax gleefully stabs giant monsters while clumsily using human slang, Star-Lord pilots the Milano and leads his team of miscreants, Groot screams adorably, Rocket comes up with bad ideas and then doesn’t follow through on them, and Gamora fires a comically large gun.
We also get a good look at Elizabeth Debicki’s Ayesha and the gold-skinned Sovereign people, who have flashed by in previous trailers but are shown here moving and speaking.
Promotion of writer/director James Gunn’s highly anticipated sequel is in full swing, with posters galore and interviews with the stars assuring us of the movie’s high quality. And before you worry that Marvel has already revealed too much, the best is being left for the theaters. We still haven’t seen Ego the Living Planet, who has been promised to be like something we’ve never seen before.
Opening May 5, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell.