The surprise hit of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy left audiences craving more cosmic adventure from Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, and the rest of the Milano’s crew. After its hyper-successful run, fans knew it was only a matter of time before the crew of the Milano came back for another round – set to yet another rockin’ soundtrack, of course. Director James Gunn has faithfully updated devotees as he crafted Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Wrapping up filming last summer, the next batch of intergalactic adventure will explore Peter Quill’s search for his father (played by Kurt Russell) and bring back old foes as friends and enemies alike.

Not long ago, the teaser trailer dropped, showcasing more of the Guardians‘ offbeat action and humorous antics. Now, the first full-length trailer for the Guardians sequel has arrived.

Much like the teaser before it, this Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer promises a ridiculous amount of interstellar madness from the actual film, in addition to the familial overtones which Gunn has discussed in the past. Not only will the sequel feature the daughters of Thanos’ ‘reunion’ of sorts; it will also (hopefully) answer the question of how exactly a massive living planet could father a half-human child. Star Chris Pratt has promised major “spectacle” of a movie, and judging from the trailer, it looks like GOTG2 will deliver.

guardians galaxy 2 baby groot Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer: Baby Groot Speaks

As for what this new trailer delivers: the two big takeaways here are no doubt the voice of Baby Groot (once again provided by Vin Diesel) and our first look at Pom Klementieff’s appearance (as well as her abilities) as Mantis in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. Mantis in particular is pretty close to her look from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 concept artwork that was unveiled this past summer, ahead of the first footage screening for the film during Marvel’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2016.

The real question is: will Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 live up to its rockin’ predecessor? If the first teaser and initial trailer are any indication, Gunn has returned to his winning formula but upped the ante. The action, including a massive star battle and an assault on what appears to be a Many Angled One, looks epic in scale as expected. Also, the Marvel team seems to have maintained the witty banter and personal moments which are equally crucial to the dynamic of the film – as highlighted in Baby Groot’s interaction with Rocket, as well as the outro, where Mantis outs Peter’s feelings for Gamora, to Drax’s appropriately over-the-top amusement.

Naturally, it’s difficult to determine from a trailer, which is essentially a highlight reel of a movie’s selling points, how GOTG2 will measure up. Introducing several new characters, such as brand new hero in Mantis, Peter Quill’s father, and a new interstellar villain, Ayesha, could potentially bog down the plot. Fortunately, Gunn’s skill with pacing and dialogue should keep things moving along briskly and deliver an exciting cosmic thrill ride, in addition to a satisfying MCU entry.

Source: Marvel Studios

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