[WARNING – This article contains SPOILERS for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2]
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 not only reunites everyone’s favorite band of intergalactic misfits but James Gunn’s colorful follow up to his 2014 smash hit continues to take fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to far-flung places we’ve never seen before. The original Guardians of the Galaxy introduced Xandar, the homeworld of the Nova Corps; Knowhere, the hollowed-out head of a long-dead Celestial that houses a sprawling city of scum and villainy; and the dangerous blue-skinned race known as the Kree.
With a whole multi-verse to continue to explore, Vol. 2 doesn’t rest on its laurels or spend a lot of time revisiting old haunts. Instead, the sequel rockets the Guardians to brand new worlds to meet an array of new aliens and gods, most of whom want the Guardians dead for various reasons. Vol. 2 is a hell of a ride once again. Pack up your gear and your Baby Groot and strap on your seat belt on the Milano, as we hit the stars and visit the many new planets and locations in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2:
Earth – Missouri
One of Rocket’s least favorite planets, the backwater world called Earth, is a technologically inferior mudball which nonetheless is the home of a growing assemblage of superpowered humans who are soon to cause a significant impact on the fate of the universe. The most prominent human from Earth thus far is Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Star-Lord, leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, who is half-human and half-Celestial.
Like the original film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 begins with a flashback. In 1980 Missouri, Meredith Quill, the future mother of Peter Quill, is crazy in love with Ego (Kurt Russell), an ancient, god-like being called a Celestial who adopted a human form. She’s even aware that Ego is from outer space. Ego brings Meredith to the woods and shows her the seed he planted; part of his essence he’s planted on countless other worlds, which would eventually allow him to absorb Earth and the universe into becoming part of himself. In the present, when Ego commences his master plan, the seed morphs into a gigantic blob of energy that begins absorbing the surrounding area, until Peter successfully defeats his father and the Guardians destroy Ego in his planetary form.
The Sovereign are an arrogant and xenophobic race of golden beings genetically engineered for perfection. The Sovereign consider themselves superior to every other race in the galaxy; However, the Sovereign World regularly finds itself under attack by a multi-dimensional monster called the Abilisk, which devours the planet’s power source, the Anulax Batteries, making them dependent on outside assistance as they don’t want to get their own hands dirty.
As a result of the Guardians’ victory over Ronan in the Battle of Xandar, they are hired by the Sovereign to protect the Anulax Batteries from the Abilisk in exchange for The Sovereign releasing Gamora’s sister Nebula (Karen Gillen) into the Guardians’ custody. Their golden high priestess Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) declares war on the Guardians after Rocket (Bradley Cooper) steals some of the Anulax Batteries, but the Sovereign find themselves continually foiled in their attempts to destroy the Guardians. At the conclusion of Vol. 2, Ayesha begins engineering a new breed of Sovereign to destroy the Guardians, which she named ‘Adam‘.
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