Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 stars tease the dynamic between Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Yondu (Michael Rooker) with only one month left until release, as a new TV spot reminded fans this week. The return of the Guardians this May marks the start of the summer blockbuster season, and the launch of the Marvel movie calendar for 2017, as Star-Lord and his team attempt to save the Galaxy… again. As well as saving the day, the team is also going to be exploring Star-Lord’s history, as he finally finds his real father, Ego The Living Planet (Kurt Russell), and learns why he was brought into space in the first place.
This journey of self-discovery is going to be a huge part of Guardians Vol. 2, and it’s one that Star-Lord is going to take with a few new team members (as well as the original ones). Mantis (Pom Klementieff) is joining the Guardians this time around, as is Yondu, who is Star-Lord’s adoptive parent and was a rival to the Guardians in the first film. Now, Rooker and Pratt have talked about this change in their characters’ relationship, and where the two are in the new movie.
As reported by USA Today, Yondu ends up teaming up with the Guardians in this film after being booted from the Ravagers (his old crew), and from the sounds of it, he’s got a good thing going on with his new teammates.
Pratt: In the first one, he was a guy chasing us. And in this movie, it becomes a little more than that.
Rooker: Yondu has made peace with this kid that he’s raised and we’re having a good time.
Yondu raised Peter Quill after he was sent to collect him from Earth when his mother died. He was originally meant to deliver Peter to his father, Ego, but instead chose to keep him – a twist that was revealed at the end of the original movie. In the same article when Rooker describes the two as “having a good time,” he also reveals that Yondu “doesn’t think much of Ego,” hinting that the sequel will explain why Yondu chose not to send Peter to his father the way he was supposed to.
It’s no surprise that Yondu is going to be a bigger part of the team this time around, or that he is going to be having some fun with the Guardians. Yondu’s move from the Reavers to the Guardians has been well-established in previous trailers and promos for the film, as has Ego’s role. Because of that, this new quote from the actors doesn’t provide any shocking new info, but it does suggest that the Yondu/Star-Lord relationship isn’t going to be explored in too much depth – instead, it sounds like Yondu and Star-Lord have dealt with their issues by the time the movie starts. Some of this is bound to come up again as Peter explores his feelings about his new father (and learns that Yondu was meant to send him there to begin with), but that doesn’t look like it’s going to be a huge part of the film.
Source: USA Today