'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Stills Feature Baby Groot and Mantis

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 - 10:45PM
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 - 10:45PM
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Stills Feature Baby Groot and Mantis
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For the past few months, new information on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been coming out slowly but surely, in small doses or through toy announcements. That still seems to be the case, as a USA Today article released a handful a new images showing new characters and some quotes from the cast and crew about what kind of feeling you'll get hooked on this May.

The images they released (one of which was also posted on Instagram by director James Gunn) show some interesting looks at new characters. And if you don't consider Baby Groot to be a new character, then you actually should, because this isn't quite the same Groot you knew. Gunn says that after Groot was reborn following his heroic "We are Groot" sacrifice, he's now effectively a child. And having a kid running around the ship is going to drive the bad-with-kids types like Star-Lord and Drax insane. You can see Baby Groot in the image above, riding on Yondu's (Michael Rooker's) shoulder beside Rocket (Bradley Cooper).

We also get another glimpse of new character Mantis (Pom Klementieff), a psychic and empathic alien who gets tangled up with the gang. Apparently, she's also the confidante of Ego the Living Planet, to be played by Kurt Russell. Russell is very much excited about his new role, calling Ego the "most powerful character" he's ever played: "I mean, he created himself! He's the real deal."

New pics from #GotGVol2 up at @usatoday!

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It was the statements from Gunn which gave the most revealing information, though. We learn that Vol. 2 is set a couple months after the first movie, with Star-Lord and the gang now seen as "cosmic rock stars" for saving Xandar from Ronan's invasion. Gunn hints that this movie may have a different feel from the last one, although the classic rock and insult-hurling is likely to stay (it wouldn't be GotG otherwise):
Opening quote
"The first movie was successful because we took chances and gave people the unexpected. This movie can only really be what it is, Guardians can only be what they are, if they're taking a risk. It means giving them a much different movie."
Closing quote

If that sounds painfully vague, that's because it is very painfully vague. From the trailers we've seen, this still looks like a cosmic action-adventure full to bursting with snark, and that was the first film. Which means there's a lot we still don't know about this movie, though it's nice to see these updates from time to time.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes out May 5, 2017.

Via: USA Today
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