Step aside Lady Gaga, because if one thing blew us away during this year’s Super Bowl, it was the out of this world trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.
Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and our favourite band of ragtag mercenaries return this April, bringing with them more alien worlds and action-packed fun, all accompanied by a retro mixtape soundtrack.
It’s been a while since we first got acquainted with the Guardians, so get some batteries in the old Walkman as we get ready to take a look at five burning questions we have for the highly anticipated sequel.
1. Who is Peter Quill's father?
Arguably the biggest mystery stirred up from Guardians of the Galaxy was Peter Quill’s true parentage. We already know from the tragic events of the film's beginning that his mother is human. His father however, remains an enigma.
Described by Nova Prime (Glenn Close) as "something very ancient we have never seen before" it explains why Quill was able to hold and contain the infinity stone which would destroy a 'normal' human. It’s been confirmed that the physical appearance of Star-Lord senior will be different from the comics, in which he is, quite literally, a living planet named Ego.
In the movie he's played by The Thing and Escape from New York legend Kurt Russell, and is said to be taking on humanoid form. Beyond that, everyone is remaining tight-lipped. Regardless, it’s the most anticipated family reveal since Luke Skywalker discovered the identity of his father.
2. Will Groot be the same?
Despite "I am Groot!" being his only words, our tree-creature hero rightfully carved his place as an iconic character. So, it’s a bit emotional when saving his friends reduces him to little more than a sapling.
Thankfully, from a seed grows a mighty oak and Groot is replanted and reborn. More twig than tree, Baby Groot might notch up the adorableness but how has this transformation changed his personality?
Director James Gunn revealed it’s complicated, and that Baby Groot won’t remember everything. Either way, we can't wait to see more of the little guy. Whilst star Vin Diesel's rumbling tones have been replaced by something more high pitch, Groot is still not to be messed with. One thing that remains is the bond between Groot and Rocket and in the trailer, they still look inseparable.
"Yeah, there is a difference," Diesel tells Cinemablend. "He couldn't be more naive as Baby Groot. I always think of the Groot that we saw on the first Guardians as a college-level Groot, so he's not fully grown yet, but he's a man. And once he sacrifices himself at the end of the movie, now he has to start all over, so to speak, but we're gonna see this goofy, adorable, baby Groot thing running around the screen and just learning as he goes."
3. Is Yondu friend or foe?
Yondu’s (Michael Rooker) allegiances appear to be with his clan of rogue outlaws, the Ravagers, but this scoundrel has a soft spot for Peter Quill. After picking him up on Earth and preventing his crew from eating him, he has a healthy rivalry with Quill in tracking down the infinity stone in the first film.
After discovering at the end of the first movie that Star-Lord has outsmarted him again and made off with the fabled stone, we might expect Rooker’s arrow wielding blue alien to be gunning after Quill for revenge. However, the posters and trailer reveal he might have to work together with the Guardians.
Will the Ravagers be on his side, or will they get tired of his paternal forgiveness for the old Star-lord who outwits them at every turn? We will have to wait to find out.
4. What songs are on Awesome Mix Vol. 2?
One of the best things about the first Guardians of the Galaxy was its ‘Awesome Mix’ soundtrack, a battered cassette tape that Peter Quill tours the galaxy with.
It clearly hit the right chord with audiences too as the soundtrack went on to top the US album charts. So, when we find out his mother’s parting gift is Vol 2, we are ready to hit play and rock out to what’s on it.
This playlist however, was curated by director James Gunn, who once again wrote the songs into the script, so we can expect an eclectic mix of retro hits. We have already experienced a blast from the trailers which included Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’ and Sweet’s ‘Fox on The Run’. We all loved Baby Groot dancing, so now that the other Guardians have experienced Quills music, we might see them bust some moves too.
The most recent TV spot saw late icon David Bowie singing loud and proud on the soundtrack, chiefly his classic 'Suffragette City'. Will the song be making it into the movie itself? We'll find out soon enough.
5. Nebula returns – but whose side is she on?
We last saw Nebula fighting on the side of Ronan and ultimately her evil father Thanos. In the midst of the final battle, as her sister Gamora tells her their father is crazy, she jumps for a ship and escapes saying: "I know you’re both crazy".
Whilst Thanos won’t be re-appearing in Vol. 2, Nebula will. She even appears on the poster, so a reunion with her sister seems inevitable. In an interview, producer Keith Feige revealed that Nebula is captured on the planet Sovereign and is used as payment for a mission the Guardians accept. Where her obligations lie afterwards is anyone’s guess.
All will be revealed when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 blasts its way into a Cineworld near you on 28th April. Excited? Let us know @Cineworld.
Tom Nightingale is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.