Prepare to be hooked on a feeling with the upcoming Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

By Joshua Ang

Marvel Studios kicks off 2017 with the long-awaited Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. From what started as an obscure superhero film, the movie had a meteoric rise in popularity and quickly became the most successful superhero film of 2014, raking in more than US$770 million (S$1.1 billion) in worldwide box office revenue.

Following that success, the ragtag bunch of misfits: Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel), and Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper) will once again band together to take on whatever comes their way.

The Guardians are joined by new teammates: Yondu (Michael Rooker), and newcomer Mantis (Pom Klementieff), a psychic who happens to be Peter Quill’s half-sister.

Set two months from where the first film left off, the Guardians will face a new set of foes, including Nebula (Karen Gillan), whose sibling relationship with Gamora will be further explored in Vol 2.

The group of galactic misfits turn heroes are back once again

The group of galactic misfits turn heroes are back once again! Characters from left to right: Drax, Groot, Yondu, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Mantis, Nebula, Gamora

But the focus of the story is the personal relationship between Peter Quill and his absentee father.

This topic is all too familiar with Pratt, who had a complicated relationship with his deceased father. Drawing upon his real-life experiences, Pratt channelled his emotions into his acting for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

“The truth is I ripped open some wounds that had been healing for some time. And I didn’t want to. But I knew it was right for the moment… There are wounds that are never going to be totally healed. It would probably make for a better story if it were some emotional thing that I hadn’t dealt with… When we face the death of a parent, you sometimes feel regret that you didn’t fully embrace what you had,” said Pratt in an interview with GQ.

Pratt also sang praises of director James Gunn. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said: “He’s the man behind Guardians of the Galaxy…so this is completely his vision. In my opinion, there is no equal in Hollywood. I think he is the best I’ve worked for, and with. And I owe so much to him… (Gunn) knows these characters so deeply now.”

In fact, he even went as far as to say that the director’s nous will make the sequel “bigger and better” than the original, while also acknowledging the success of the first film.

It is no surprise that Gunn has once again taken the helm in the making of this space opera, as he had led the original to unexpected success.

According to a poll of 2,000 visitors by ticket site Fandango, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is the second most anticipated film of 2017. Also, its trailer has garnered a staggering 81 million views on the first day of its release.

Concept art for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Concept art for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

With all the hype surrounding this film, the pressure will be on the film to live up to expectations and only time will tell how fans will feel as they leave the theatres.

Have yet to watch the trailer? Check it out in the link below!

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in cinemas on 27 April 2017