As soon as the marketing campaign for Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy kicked off, it was clear that music was key in setting the tone for director James Gunn's cosmic adventure. After all, the "ooga-chaka" of Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling" was just as iconic as many of the first trailer's key moments.
While the film's eclectic soundtrack makes for a fun listen, its runaway success is arguably even more notable for the way it ties into the emotional crux of the film. Gunn has already confirmed that its sequel will feature another edition of Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) "Awesome Mix". Now we have news that another key part of the film's musical team will be back as well.
According to Collider, composer Tyler Bates will return to provide the score for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, set to hit theaters in 2017. Bates - whose other film credits include John Wick and Watchmen - has also been a major fixture in television recently, contributing scores for Salem and Californication. Prior to the first Guardians of the Galaxy, he worked with Gunn on the director's feature debut, the 2006 horror-comedy Slither.
Considering how essential music is in capturing the mood and thematic elements of a film, fans should be pleased that Bates will be returning to the fold for the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. Both Gunn and Pratt have commented on the emotional nature of the storyline this time around, and having the same man onboard to continue the musical through-line established in the first film will only serve to highlight the continuing saga of the titular team.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will certainly have a vital role to play in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the films build toward the ultimate showdown in Thanos in the two-part Avengers: Infinity War. The fact that the team at Marvel Studios is rewarding the tremendous success of Gunn's film by reuniting essentially the entire creative team is a smart move and likely one that will pay off big when the sequel ultimately hits theaters.
Ant-Man is now in theaters. Captain America: Civil War is released on May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.