[UPDATE: Check out the first teaser trailer HERE!]

The world waits for their very first look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but even if reports that the first trailer has been classified buoyed hopes that it would be coming soon, the director behind the space outlaws’ second adventure has taken it upon himself to keep fans occupied in the meantime.

The appetizer comes in the form of the very first poster for the sequel, sporting the main players – and a tagline perfectly in keeping with the original film’s. It may not be the extensive look at the cast, new characters, new threats or ties to the larger Marvel universe some will hope for, but it’s downright dripping in the kind of confident, throwback attitude audiences expect.

The reveal came courtesy of director James Gunn via Twitter, dropping the very first glimpse of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Yondu, Nebula, Rocket –  and yes, Baby Groot. Take a look below:

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Teaser Poster Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Official Poster Revealed

The tagline of simply “Obviously.” is a fitting follow-up to the first film’s “You’re Welcome.” and just as deftly kicks off the swagger and confidence of what many expect to be a particularly potent marketing campaign. Honestly, given the box office success of the original film – making characters like Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Groot household names – and the added cuteness factor of the diminutive ‘Baby Groot,’ the sequel may have quickly become Marvel’s most anticipated film for mass audiences.

Yet the biggest takeaway from the poster will likely be the presence of not only Yondu (Michael Rooker), but the former henchwoman of Thanos, Nebula (Karen Gillan). We’ve been given some details about the role Yondu will be playing (with his brand new fin) and how his shift in allegiance will cause some problems among the Ravagers. Gunn has been open about further exploring Nebula’s relationship with Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in the sequel, with her, too, joining the main team. If she’s earned a spot on the very first poster alongside the starring cast, it may confirm just how significant her part in the story will turn out to be (maybe those solo movie comments were more serious than we thought).

Gunn took to Twitter immediately after releasing the trailer to confirm that the other new member of the team, Mantis (Pom Klementieff) will be highlighted shortly once the full marketing commences. Still, the blend of black-and-white album cover aesthetic helps set Guardians 2 apart from the traditional superhero posters fans will be used to seeing. And if the casual-yet-angsty expressions conjure of feelings of a 1980s coming of age story, it’s probably no accident: this is a movie about family, after all.

What do you think of the first official poster for Vol. 2? Does the tagline ring true, embracing the surprising success and supremacy of the first film? Sound off in the comments.

Source: James Gunn

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