James Gunn is hard at work promoting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as it hurtles toward its May 5th release date. The writer/director of the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel is now pushing the film as one that is meant to be seen on the big screen – and especially tailored toward audiences in 3D and IMAX theaters.

The entire main Guardians of the Galaxy group has had its share of the spotlight in the promotion for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but Baby Groot is a character that has drawn particular intrigue. The younger, growing version of the beloved character, funnily enough, is supposedly “better written” in the sequel, despite only having his one signature phrase “I am Groot.” Groot may be just a baby in Vol. 2, but his role in the group doesn’t look like it will be any less important. A new IMAX poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 shows the whole team, with Baby Groot acting as its foundation.

Gunn shared the new IMAX poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to his Facebook page on Wednesday, showcasing the main cast grouped together. At the bottom of the poster is Baby Groot, appearing to hold the group up on his shoulders. In sharing the poster, Gunn took the opportunity to reveal more details about the making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the process of optimizing the film for the IMAX format, which he described as the “optimal way to view a Guardians movie.”

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Here’s a snippet of how Gunn described the process of tailoring Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to IMAX:

“I personally oversee the 3D, crafting every shot, and only in IMAX do we shift aspect ratios during big scenes so that you get nearly 30 percent more screen size than anywhere else. Unlike many other films today where screen size shifts and 3D are afterthoughts, we plan our aspect ratios during the script stage, and every single shot is tailored for 3D as we shoot it.”

Gunn added that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was “designed to be a fully immersive experience” that’s meant to be seen in IMAX – or, at the very least, in theaters. Gunn said in a tweet all the way back in January 2016 that the sequel would be filmed in a way that makes IMAX “the optimum viewing experience,” so this news will come as no surprise to those who have been following Gunn for a while. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was already expected to boast stunning visuals and action, but the IMAX version has a chance to take the experience to thrilling new heights.

Needless to say, die-hard Guardians of the Galaxy fans will want to book their IMAX tickets as soon as they can. Unfortunately for those who miss out on the IMAX experience, the standard versions of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 likely won’t live up to the optimized IMAX version in terms of sight and sound. Still, the visuals are only one part of what made the first Guardians of the Galaxy so memorable in the first place. As long as the characters continue to be well-written and have good on-screen chemistry – and the sequel retains the original’s sharp sense of humor – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has a good chance to be another memorable experience, regardless of format.

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