Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has released a slew of new international posters that showcases its many colorful characters. James Gunn’s highly anticipated sequel is in the final stretch before its May 5 release, and it promises plenty of the same action and humor that made the original a massive hit. Much of the success of the first Guardians of the Galaxy is the infectious chemistry among its five leads.
The sequel intends to shake things up a bit, as new heroes like Mantis (Pom Klementieff) enter the fray and former adversaries like Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) join the team. Group chemistry was important to the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, but so was the chemistry between certain “dynamic duos.” A new series of international posters appears to double down on that premise.
Four new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 posters debuted on Monday (via Comic Book), highlighting some of the movie’s more prominent duos as you may expect them to be paired up. Star-Lord and Gamora take center stage, as do Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel). Also paired together in a new poster are Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis, who may qualify as “oddballs” even by Guardians of the Galaxy standards. Finally, blue-skinned outsiders Yondu and Nebula appear in a poster of their own.
It makes sense for Rocket and Baby Groot to be paired together. The pairing of Star-Lord and Gamora suggests that their kinda-sorta-maybe-romantic subplot could continue to develop in the sequel. Mantis’ telepathic abilities and Drax’s non-metaphorical mind could make for some amusing comic interplay. Yondu and Nebula, meanwhile, are expected to join up with the heroes for different reasons — and Nebula will likely quarrel with her adopted sister Gamora more than anyone else.
Disney and Marvel Studios are certainly taking the right approach to plaster every one of its heroes all over every poster released for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 so far. They all boast their own distinctive looks and personalities and obviously work well together, which should once again be a big source of heart and hilarity in the sequel. Pratt recently said that Klementieff “absolutely crushes” her performance as Mantis, which has a chance to add an intriguing new dynamic to the team. And with Yondu and Nebula joining the heroes, there will be no shortage of fresh conflicts between the heroes and their new allies.
It remains to be seen how the new members of the Guardians of the Galaxy will change the team dynamics in the sequel. There’s always the chance that the addition of characters could unintentionally hurt the chemistry of the main team that helped the original excel. But as long as the same dynamics remain intact between the main heroes, there’s little reason to believe the updated roster in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will adversely affect its ability to entertain.
Source: Comic Book