Michael Rooker On The Impact Of Guardians of the Galaxy 2’s Ending

Michael Rooker as Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Michael Rooker has talked about what he thinks is the impact of Yondu's death at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2  for the Guardians as they continue their adventures. The second installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's cosmic arm saw the gang back up to their own tricks. It's narrative, however, makes an unusual turn when Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) finds out about the universe-altering plan of his long-lost biological father, Ego (Kurt Russell). The rest of the team then races to stop him while picking up a couple new team-mates along the way, including the Ravager leader Yondu.

Despite being a borderline antagonist in the first film, Rooker came through in the second film when we discover that he intentionally kept Peter from Ego because he did not want him to be another one of his sacrificial children. Unfortunately, the potential of the duo's team up in the future was cut short when Yondu decided to sacrifice himself to save Peter punctuated by the last exchange between the two. And while it is definitely sad to see Yondu go, Rooker says it is fine because that is how deaths are supposed to be perceived.

Talking to Cinema Blend while attending last week's San Diego Comic-Con, the actor has shared his thoughts on his character's poignant demise:

"Whenever there is a death, it's not happy. I dunno if it could be happy. It's not just melancholy, this is like big time grief going on. People who are the survivors of that are left [reeling]. The grief lasts forever, it never really goes away. You just learn to cope with it in life."

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 wallpaper

Last month, Rooker's castmate, Sean Gunn who plays Yondu's loyal comrade Kraglin, also weighed in on the end of Guardians 2, although he shared that he likes to look it in a way quite different to how Rooker sees it. Instead of mulling over the team's loss, director James Gunn's brother would rather perceive it still as a happy wrap-up given that Yondu's sacrifice paid off. The rest of the team were able to escape, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) has learned an important lesson about being part of a family and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) has realized that life is too short to hold herself back from being attached to other people. As for Peter, he has finally finished his life-long search for his biological father - only to realize that family goes beyond blood connection.

Until Yondu's passing, the concept of death in the MCU is almost non-existent given the more lighthearted tone that its films usually go for. But with the stakes getting elevated and the actual introduction of the physical manifestation of the idea with Thor: Ragnarok's Hela (Cate Blanchett), we can expect that the franchise will no longer dance around the killing some of its most prominent characters to give their narratives real and lasting impact.

Moving on from the tragedy that is Yondu's death in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the rest of the Guardians will have to band better together as they embark on a new mission which appears to be the most important and dangerous among their outings so far. Quill and the rest of the gang are set to join forces with the Avengers and other MCU heroes in an effort to thwart mad Titan Thanos from his villainous plan in Avengers: Infinity War.

Next: Connection Between Guardians 1 Easter Egg and Adam Warlock Confirmed

Source: Cinema Blend

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