James Gunn Explains Guardians of the Galaxy 2's Primary Story

Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is shaping up to be one of the biggest hits of 2017. In a field crowded by so many blockbusters, that's certainly saying something. While Ghost in the Shell is currently gaining more online buzz, the Guardians sequel will likely pull ahead once we get closer to the summer. It's already scored an unprecedented perfect rating in Marvel's test screening, indicating the film may yet top its predecessor in every conceivable way.

While we've learned a lot over the past year about the Guardians of the Galaxy movie sequel, there's still plenty about the followup that remains shrouded in secrecy. Even as TV spots continue pouring out for the film, director James Gunn has teased that not all the material we see in the trailers will make it into the actual movie. And though we don't yet know the full plot of the sequel or what its many villains will be up to, Gunn was happy to lay out what he thinks is the main story of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Gunn speaks about Guardians 2 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3 featurette that's attached to the upcoming home release of Doctor Strange, laying out what the movie is really about in the process:

“I think the primary story is really about learning that thing that we think we want, that we’re going to get outside of ourselves and outside of these relationships that we have, has been there all along."

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 full team

Though the somewhat vague quote still doesn't illuminate what the Guardians will be up to in the new movie, it establishes that the foes they face and the adventures they undertake aren't the primary focus of the movie. Between the secrecy surrounding Ego the Living Planet, and the movie's focus on characters like Nebula and AyeshaGuardians 2 certainly has a lot in store for audiences. At the core of all of the intergalactic battles and snappy scenes is still the beating heart of the franchise: family.

Not only will Nebula's presence on the team force Gamora to confront her sister and their shared upbringing under Thanos, but Peter Quill will finally meet his father. We don't know much about Kurt Russell's take on Ego, but it's clear that his and Peter's connection will be an essential part of the movie. That focus on family dynamics and characters is what ultimately helps Marvel ground their films, and will be the key to an epic romp like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 maintaining some sense of gravity amidst all the mayhem.

Doctor Strange is now available on Digital HD, and releases on Blu-ray and DVD February 28.

Next: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Every Update You Need To Know

Source: Marvel [via Comic Book]

Key Release Dates
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
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