Sure, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will explore what it means to be a family, biological or otherwise, but it’s not afraid to wave into bigger, more contentious issues, like, who’s the greatest pilot in the universe.
As we see in this clip from the Marvel Studios sequel, which debuted Saturday during the 30th annual Kids’ Choice Awards Show, the question isn’t likely to be answered anytime soon, and when it does get resolved, it’s bound to be messy. And stinky.
In the scene, Peter Quill’s claim to the title is challenged — aboard his own ship, no less! — by Rocket Raccoon as the Milano attempts to maneuver through a “massive space battle.” However, if you thought this disagreement would be settled with facts and reason, you’ve obviously never watched “Guardians of the Galaxy.” No, it immediately devolves into threats as Rocket promises that Star-Lord will find something squishy in his pillowcase.
Writer/director James Gunn has said the film “is really about learning that thing that we think we want, that we’re going to get outside of ourselves and outside of these relationships that we have, has been there all along.” Presumably, it’s also about learning to check your pillowcase after having a fight with Rocket.
Set just months after the events of Marvel’s 2014 hit, the sequel follows the Guardians of the Galaxy as they travel throughout the cosmos and struggle to keep their newfound family together, all while helping Peter Quill learn more about his true parentage.
Arriving in theaters May 5, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Glenn Close as Irani Rael and Kurt Russell as Ego.
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