In this age of superhero sequels, pulling off a successful sophomore act is a hit-or-miss proposition. For every The Dark Knight, there’s an Iron Man 2. And while Marvel’s first Guardians of the Galaxy was an unexpected dark horse of a joy and a delight, that doesn’t guarantee that the same magic director James Gunn and his pitch perfect cast delivered the first go-around could be replicated.
However, if the first full teaser trailer Marvel just dropped on us for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is any indication, we have very little to worry about. The space outlaws are back in action, baby!
While there’s not a whole lot revealed in way of plot–which, as Gunn indicated to the Hollywood Reporter, is by design–that’s not an issue for this first official trailer, as it gives viewers a chance to see Guardians Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket, and (now Baby) Groot shine in their element. While the two-minute trailer had some nice touches, a couple of standouts included:
- a frustrated Rocket trying to teach Baby Groot not to detonate an atomic bomb–something which Groot is either accidentally or on purpose not grasping
- the first appearance we’ve seen of Pom Klementieff’s Mantis, who lets slip Star-Lord’s feelings for Gamora, much to Drax’s delight
While the 90 seconds of Guardians goodness we got back in October was satisfying enough, this first trailer is plenty to put our space pirate-loving hearts at ease.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, starring Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Kurt Russell, and Pom Klementieff and directed by James Gunn, hits theaters May 5, 2017.