For months, Disney, Marvel Studios, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn has been giving us a whole plethora of teases to sate our desire to get a glimpse of our favorite badass, space-faring rapscallions back in action. (It doesn’t hurt that every frame Gunn and Marvel has released has been further confirmation that they’ll be doing right by the Guardians for a second go-around.)
On Tuesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Houses of Mouse and Ideas have given fans a full-length trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ahead of its May 5 release date. If this footage is any indication, there’s no doubt that the Guardians. Are. Back. And the same bickering family of lovable assholes they were when last we saw them.
Where to begin? The pocket football game Peter used to detect an incoming alien threat was a lovely addition. Gunn does adore his 80s and 90s tech throwbacks–which is perfectly a-OK since they make sense contextually, given Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord’s Earth origins. Dave Bautista’s Drax gets more dialogue this go-around, which is a joy, as his character and performance was one of the biggest surprises of the first Guardians installment.
But maybe the takeaway that was at the forefront the most in the trailer is how the theme of family will run through Vol. 2 in a big way. On the surface, that’s not really surprising; the first film highlighted how Rocket and the gang were a makeshift, patchwork family. And we’ve known for months that Star-Lord would be meeting his dad, Kurt Russell’s Ego the Living Planet, in the sequel, who makes an appearance at the tail-end of the trailer. But it’s also the little nods to familial bonds that aren’t explicitly stated. Michael Rooker’s Yondu looks to be playing a larger role this time, a character who basically raised Star-Lord, albeit somewhat unwillingly, for half the Guardian’s life. Karen Gillan’s Nebula, sister to Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, is featured more prominently as well. And as if to hammer the point home, Drax tells a skeptical Nebula in the trailer that the Guardians are a family.
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.